GLPI is a free Tickets System distributed under GNU/GPL license. But When do you need a ticket system like this? This is one of the biggest challenges of the technical support companies or technical support teams. If they have to deal with many customers and the response times are critical. To be able to track, follow and organize the work of the different technicians that are supposed to do the actual job. In this scenario the paper work always becomes a challenge, accessibility, loose of information, spell and writing errors, individual and collective statistics, reporting, etc.
This GLPI post is part of the promised series of business automation solutions, so far I have this post and the one about GPS Fleet tracking. And also you can take a look about Using Linux servers for network infrastructure.
In the other hand if the information is in digital format. It can be backed up easily. And if the system is web based like GLPI you can access it from any Internet connection. And the rest depends on every one’s needs. You can have fancy charts that are easier to read. Reports about the performance of the team on a particular employee, etc.
Now you can read about the GLPI project official features here. From my point of view the most important features are:
- OCS inventory integration module. This is a project to automate the inventory of computers. Integratin GLPI with OCS You receive information about your computers every day and can have statistics about your inventories easily. and also asing job to a specific computer or guess out how many ram memories your company is going to need in one year based on historical information. I am going to create an other post about OCS in the near future.
- Easily extensible through your own plugins. You just need to know some programming and understand GLPI. and you can develop your own piece of software to work with it.
- A reach statistical module with very self explainable graphics.
- A robust security module.
- Facility to track workers behavior.
- Contact management.
- Budget management.
- E-mail automated reminder or adviser.
- Knowledge base
GLPI has a lot other functionality. But those are the ones I have been using and enjoying more along a few years. Now the system requirements are PHP5.2, a web server like apache, IIS or other and MySQL server 5. As you might have notice already if you know these technologies, the system is multiplatform and it can work under windows Linux or any other system always that you can meet it’s requirements.
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