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Unleashing the Power of Automation and Slack for IT Support

Kevin Cox

In a recent webinar, we had the pleasure of hosting two IT leaders who are leveraging Foqal and Slack to supercharge their IT support operations. Ramy Farid from Cohere and Nathan McBride from Xilio Therapeutics shared their invaluable insights and best practices, revealing the transformative impact of automation and seamless Slack integration.

Enhancing Employee Experience through Automation

A recurring theme throughout the webinar was the paramount importance of delivering an exceptional employee experience. Ramy highlighted how Foqal's automation capabilities have been a game-changer, enabling his team to log and track 100% of incoming tickets without any manual effort. By leveraging custom emojis and automations within Slack, every interaction is seamlessly documented, eliminating the need for time-consuming administrative tasks.

Nathan echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the criticality of proactive automation. His approach revolves around preemptively striking against potential issues, leveraging a network of friendly bots that continuously monitor and report on various systems and processes. This proactive stance allows him to maintain a lean IT operation while ensuring a smooth experience for employees.

Unlocking Efficiency through Slack Integration

Both Ramy and Nathan underscored the pivotal role of Slack in streamlining IT support. By centralizing all communication within Slack channels, employees can effortlessly submit requests and receive real-time assistance without navigating complex ticketing systems. This level of convenience not only enhances productivity but also fosters a culture of collaboration, as colleagues can contribute to resolving issues within the same channel.

Ramy highlighted the power of automation in providing white-glove service within Slack. Automated responses, categorization, and access provisioning workflows spare employees from tedious administrative tasks, allowing them to focus on their core responsibilities.

Fostering Continuous Improvement through Metrics

Metrics emerged as a crucial component of Ramy and Nathan's IT support strategies. By closely monitoring metrics like time-to-first-response, ticket volumes, and customer satisfaction scores, they can identify areas for improvement and fine-tune their processes accordingly. Ramy emphasized the importance of transparently sharing metrics with the entire organization, fostering trust and accountability.

Nathan's approach centered around minimizing ticket volumes, with an ambitious goal of zero tickets per month. By proactively addressing potential issues through video tutorials and comprehensive knowledge-sharing, he aims to empower employees to resolve their own queries, reducing the need for formal support requests.


The webinar showcased the immense potential of Foqal and Slack in revolutionizing IT support operations. By embracing automation, fostering collaboration, and continuously optimizing processes based on data-driven insights, organizations can deliver exceptional employee experiences while maximizing efficiency and productivity.

As IT leaders continue to explore innovative solutions, the insights shared by Ramy and Nathan serve as a valuable blueprint for leveraging cutting-edge technologies to meet the evolving needs of modern workforces.  You can watch the full webinar here.

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