Microsoft, in its Dynamics 365 suite, offers us a solution to render Portals for the end-users. The concept of Case Deflection is introduced in the Customer Self-Service Portals. Case Deflection aims to restrict the creation of cases when there are already similar cases or related articles in the CE system.
In this tutorial, we will quickly set up a Customer Self-Service Portal, create some Knowledge Articles and then check for Case Deflection. Let’s get started.
I. Setting up a new Portal
Login to your Dynamics 365 CE instance and Navigate to Admin under Apps.
Click all Admin Centers and go for Dynamics 365.
A new webpage opens. Click Solutions.
Install Dynamics 365 – Customer Service Portal. It takes some time to complete the installation.
Once the Installation completes, go to the Applications Tab and Configure the Portal Add-on.
Here we have created a Portal - aegiscustomerportal.microsoftportals.com.
Verify if you can see a model driven UUI App – Dynamics 365 Portals added to your CE UI. Also open your Portal URL if it opens correctly.
II. Create Sample Knowledge Articles
Firstly, add the Knowledge Articles entity to any of your UUI App in use.
Here, we are now creating a sample Knowledge Article, titled – Flood Action Plan. We are adding keywords – Flood, Action, Plan.
Once saved, we publish the article.
We create & publish 3 other documents, adding relevant keywords.
We navigate to our Portal Support page
In the Search bar, we type any of the keywords that we saved for our Knowledge Article – Flood Action Plan. We see that our Knowledge Article lists gets listed below the search bar.
This essentially means that the user gets DEFLECTED to our Knowledge Article.
Likewise, we can confirm for our other Knowledge Articles too.
Thus, we have implemented the concept of Case Deflection in our Dynamics CRM Customer Self-Service Portal with our Knowledge Articles. This way, the customer can access essential and handy articles that might prove helpful, restricting the customer to create a whole new Case from the portal.
Note – There is a provision to turn the Case Deflection off in the Portals. All one must do is create a site setting in the Dynamics 365 Portals CE Module/UUI App. Name this setting HelpDesk/CaseDeflection/Enabled and set its value to false.
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