San Antonio, Texas – (The Hosting News) – November 3, 2008 – Hosting services provider, Rackspace, has awarded this year’s winner of The Fanati honors, the company’s outstanding customer service award, honoring the one customer that has best demonstrated excellent customer centricity.
Graham Weston, Chairman of Rackspace remarked, ”As the home of Fanatical Support, we wanted to know how our customers approach customer service in their respective industries. As a company whose mission is to become one of the world’s greatest service companies and which is a two-time winner of the American Business Awards’ ‘Best Customer Service Organization,’ we believe we are experts on customer service. Through the nomination process, we saw many of our own customers that take a similar approach to customer service and we’re glad to be able to recognize the one that stood out the most.”
Pangea Foundation delivers Impact Visualization On Demand(TM) to nonprofits of all sizes. As an industry-leading service company, Rackspace introduced THE FANATI to recognize the customer service excellence of other companies in an effort to promote customer service among all businesses today. Award applications, available only to Rackspace customers, were accepted online through the MyRackspace customer portal. Customers completed the online applications, which included questions regarding how the company delivers and tracks customer service as well as success stories of going above and beyond for customers.
Rackspace then reviewed the applications and a short-list of seven finalists was announced. Finalists moved on to the second round of judging which involved two scoring categories. First, their application was critiqued and graded by a panel of four service industry experts including Earl Sasser, a Baker Foundation Professor at Harvard Business School; Douglas Hanna, founder and Principal of customer service consulting company Service Untitled Group ( www.serviceuntitled.com); Lane Becker, blogger for getsatisfaction.com; and David Mitzenmacher, director of customer care programs for Rackspace. Second, in order to validate the finalists’ applications, a customer satisfaction survey was sent to the seven finalists’ customers.
Based on the survey results and the judge’s scores, Pangea Foundation proved their customer service excellence and came out on top in both categories. In comments left on the survey about Pangea Foundation, Chris Juett, 2-1-1 Program Manager for the United Way said, ”Pangea Foundation was very responsive to our needs during the recent flooding in Iowa. When we contacted them telling them we wanted a web based flood related database put together for our 2-1-1 Center, they had the site up and running in less than 24 hours. After setting up the site they have worked with us to ensure that it was meeting our needs and are now helping us with the development of reports.”
Kraig Kuipers, President and CEO, Pangea Foundation commented, ”All it takes to create extraordinary impact is a few people choosing to go beyond what is expected to do something they don’t really have to do. By constantly asking ourselves, ‘How can I serve right now?’ and ‘How can I deliver one percent extra?’ we put personal accountability into action. But nothing enhances outstanding customer service more than the belief that it’s our job to do so — that we are personally accountable. And at Pangea Foundation we hold ourselves accountable for making good choices as people — choices to serve others, or do nothing.”
Mr. Kuipers added, ”By taking charge of our choices and doing for others what we don’t really have to do, we have the unique opportunity to make a positive impact in people’s lives. And to us, that’s really what outstanding service is all about.” Mr. Kuipers and his wife will be in attendance this week at Rackspace’s annual customer conference, where they will be presented with THE FANATI trophy by Rackspace’s Chairman, Graham Weston.
Rackspace will begin accepting customer applications for the 2009 THE FANATI in July. About Pangea Foundation A 501(c)(3) nonprofit Software-as-a-Service provider founded in 1996, Pangea Foundation is the leader in delivering Impact Visualization On Demand to nonprofits of all sizes. Backed by world-class teams of IT experts, security specialists, and technology partners, Pangea Foundation equips more than 1,200 impact-driven nonprofits across America with Web-based Software-as-a-Service that lets organizations clearly visualize and effortlessly communicate the impact of their programs.
Nonprofits choose Pangea Foundation for its expertise in creating custom software that automatically fuses live program data with sophisticated visual analytics to deliver a real-time snapshot of their impact — anytime they want it. Through full-service implementation, unlimited support, and high availability IT services, Pangea Foundation delivers rapid time-to-value, flattens infrastructure and support costs, and improves nonprofit business continuity, enabling nonprofits to focus on their mission.
Rackspace Hosting delivers computing-as-a-service, integrating the industry’s best technologies into a flexible service offering, making computing more reliable andaffordable. A trusted partner to companies of all sizes, Rackspace enables IT departments to be more effective. Rackspace is distinguished by its award-winning Fanatical Support, furthering the company’s mission to be one of the world’s greatest service companies. Rackspace is recognized as one of FORTUNE Magazine’s 100 Best companies to work for, ranking number 32 on the 2008 list. Rackspace’s portfolio of hosted IT services includes managed hosting (www.rackspace.com), email hosting (www.mailtrust.com) and cloud hosting ( www.mosso.com).
To learn more about Pangea Foundation, please visit: www.pangeafoundation.org.
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