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9 Examples of SLAs

 , updated on December 17, 2016
A service level agreement, or SLA, is a common term for formal service commitments that are made to customers by service providers. The following are illustrative examples of commitments that are commonly included in service level agreements.


Technology services typically include an uptime commitment such as 99.99%, known as four nines. Uptime is also commonly known as availability.

Call Metrics

Call center services typically include an array of call metrics such as average queue time and call abandonment rate.

Customer Satisfaction

Customer services such as a help desk are commonly measured with customer satisfaction rate.

Turn Around Time

The time required to complete an activity. Measured as an average, mean or maximum. For example, an SLA for a delivery service may commit to an average delivery time of 2 days and refunds if deliveries are later than 4 days.


Measurements of service quality may be automated or obtained by quantification. For example, a communications platform may offer a call quality objective in its SLA that can be measured by asking people to rate the quality of calls.

Mean Time to Recovery

The mean time to recover from incidents.

Mean Time Between Failures

The mean time between incidents. Usually only measured for major incidents.


Metrics related to unfinished work such as service request backlog. Often measured as the average age of the backlog. For example, a help desk may guarantee that its request backlog will not exceed an average age of 2 days.

Business Results

Service commitments directly related to business results such as revenue, sales conversions or customer churn. This is appropriate in cases such as business process outsourcing where a service is directly delivering business objectives.
Overview: Service Level Agreement
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Definition (1)A set of formal commitments made to a customer by a service provider.
Definition (2)A contact that specifies a set of measurable service objectives.
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