[email protected] Seeks Expert Assistance

Live help provider Expertcity.com
got the call from [email protected] Tuesday to
serve up technical support for users at its Excite.com portal.

The two online firms deepened their long-term alliance, which requires that
Expertcity.com’s community of independent crackerjacks provide Web-based
support for [email protected]’s narrowband portal services.

Lenny Alugas, [email protected] vice president of customer care, said the
partnership would grow its user base and take care of increased consumer
demands.

“We are very eager to take advantage of Expertcity.com’s community of
independent experts to support our expanding user base,” Alugas said. “We
look forward to our relationship with Expertcity.com to address user demands.”

Expertcity.com provides live Web-based person-to-person technical support
through its proprietary DesktopStreaming technology.

John Greathouse, Expertcity.com chief financial officer, said the
[email protected] alliance further demonstrates the industry’s support for its
online community of worldwide experts.

“DesktopStreaming allows Expertcity.com to deliver immediate, live support
using desktop sharing to Excite.com,” Greathouse said. “Our collaborative
support technology will help enhance the Excite.com experience.”

Sun Microsystems Inc., Cox Communications Inc.,
and CompUSA Inc.,
among others have partnered with privately held Expertcity.com to tap into
its resourceful Web-based customer support services.

Omid Rahat, Expertcity.com vice president of corporate planning, said the
company has been working with [email protected] since last year to develop the
online service.

“We have a strong working relationship with Excite,” Rahat said. “But there
are three parts, to our expert support service.”

“We license our technology to firms that have their own support people as
an application service provider facilitating Web-based solutions, we offer
monthly subscriptions to individual users at Expertcity.com for $20 a
month, and we provide third party support services for companies like
[email protected]

Expertcity.com’s DesktopStreaming has screen-sharing capabilities that can
download in seconds to an Excite.com user’s screen. The Web interface
allows Expertcity.com’s adroit technical staff to interact with the user in
real time over the telephone or a chat function that shares a mutual mouse
and keyboard.

Once the interface is downloaded, an Excite.com user can see exactly what
an Expertcity.com technician is doing to resolve the user’s difficulties
directly onscreen. Expert’s can also see the desktop of the user with a
problem. From there, the customer and expert collaborate to resolve the
problem and screen sharing is disconnected when the session disconnects.

Expertcity.com’s Rahat said that it guarantees every solution its experts
provide.

“We’re highly vendor agnostic,” Rahat said. “It doesn’t matter what type of
computer or software someone is using, we don’t get paid until we have
solved a problem.”

Expertcity.com changes the balance of customer support from being
call-center focused, handing off a support inquiry to the first available
person, to delivering managed support services from experts whose sole
purpose is to take care of a problem the first time.

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