ServiceNow Forum Event Schedule

It’s ServiceNow baby! ServiceNow have announced their Now Forum event schedule for Europe and will be visiting Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and London in October. Now Forums are events for ServiceNow customers and partners and are packed with content covering everything from key note speeches and real life customer case studies to thought leadership and sparkly new functionality.

Booking Details By Date & Location:

Paris – 4th October 2016

Frankfurt – 6th October 2016

Amsterdam – 25th October 2016

London – 27th October 2016

Now Forum Event Overview

For our money, if you are a ServiceNow customer or are in the market for a new ITSM toolset, these events are well worth going to. The event is free to attend and ServiceNow provide some great content. Along with sales presentations there’s also great break out sessions, thought leadership keynotes and case studies from recent customers so you can get a real feel for the tool and how it can benefit your organisation.

Are you planning to go to one of the Now forums? Let us know in the comments!

Luddytime, CreatorCon & Yoda: Knowledge 16 – Day 3

CreatorCon Keynote: Enable The Service Revolution

Normally by the third day of a conference, people are wandering round looking tired, lost and a bit hungover. Not so at Knowledge 16 when we rocked up to a packed auditorium for the day 3 keynote.

First up was Pat Casey, SVP & GM ServiceNow Platform Business Unit, with his top 4 customer challenges:

  • Siloed environment
  • Users hate it
  • Development takes forever
  • Accountability

followed quickly by how ServiceNow can help turn things around:

  • Single system
  • Delightful customer experience
  • Develop fast
  • IT can control

Pat shared the stage with representatives from the University of Melbourne and Desjardins of Canada who shared details of their ServiceNow projects; with Desjardins reporting an impressive 30% increase in productivity since implementation.

Pat talked about the effort and care that goes into each ServiceNow release “we want to make sure that when customers use their ServiceNow platform they love it”.

With that, it was time for Fred Luddy, CPO of ServiceNow to join the stage. He opened by sharing his main aim for the ServiceNow platform:

Fred used his session to demonstrate how easy it is to configure the platform, showcasing inbuilt games and widgets.

Fred ran an interactive session, encouraging the audience to get involved, using ServiceNow to give live updates on session tweets.

Fred’s final note? “This is the most powerful dev environment I’ve ever worked on”

Fred handed over to Pat who talked about the ever changing IT landscape:

Pat was then joined onstage by Pascal Gibert, GM & VP Platform Business Unit at ServiceNow and Allan Leinwand CTO at ServiceNow. The first order of business was to share the exciting news that with the Helsinki release, ServiceNow is aligned with the ECMA5 script standard. Why is this important? ECMA has “strict mode” for more thorough error checking and 5.1 is aligned to ISO/IEC 16262:2011.

Pascal and Allan went on to talk about using delegated development for control saying “pre Helsinki if someone wanted to develop on the platform we had to give them admin rights. That’s a lot of rope. Post Helsinki we can assigned roles in a defined environment”.

They demonstrated adding and removing roles by the use of check boxes, and the new 4 step delegated development model:

  • Create App
  • Assign developer
  • Set permissions
  • Build the App

As Allan put it “there is no try, just do”.

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The session finished by showcasing the new scoped administration function to enable customers to innovate safely

ServiceNow Fun Facts

I thought I’d round off the day with some fun facts about ServiceNow. Here’s what I found out over the course of #KNOW16:

  • ServiceNow was started by Fred Luddy, the ex-CTO of Peregrine Systems, in 2004 with the intention of making a better IT service management (ITSM) tool: “The IT industry deserves a tool that just works. We’re going to give it to them”
  • ServiceNow customers include Boots, eBay, ING Group, Coca Cola, Johnson & Johnson, GE, BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank and NASA. That’s right people ServiceNow look after everyone from the makers of Coke to astronauts – how amazing is that?
  • In 2012, ServiceNow became a publicly traded company becoming the first technology company taken public by Morgan Stanley since Facebook.
  • Over 11,000 people attended #KNOW16
  • Of the 200 sessions, over 90% were presented by ServiceNow customers.

 

Did you go to Knowledge 16? Let us know in the comments!

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Justin Timberlake, Asset Disposition & Rocking IT Security; Knowledge 16 – Day 2

Day 2 of Vegas!

After an amazing breakfast (cake!) it was time for the first keynote of the day.

Drive The Service Revolution – Dan McGee, Chief Operating Officer, ServiceNow

Dan opened the day in style with his take on what customers want: “what matters most to our customers? Ease of use!” Dan went on to explain the challenges faced by most organisations wrangling with complexity whilst trying to deliver value.

Dan talked about how moving to a single platform makes life easier:

Dan continued by talking about how just having a single platform isn’t the answer. To be truly efficient, we need a platform that enables people to collaborate easily; giving customers a connected experience across the platform.

Dan talked about the new ServiceNow Connect model for managing inbound communications “Connect is way more than chat, people can subscribe to information so that the right information can find you”. Dan continued by explaining that the Connect experience is available on every application within the ServiceNow platform using visual task boards to promote ease of use.

Kevin Murray (Senior Director of Product Marketing at ServiceNow) and Farrell Hough (GM & VP ITSM & Product Operations at ServiceNow) joined the stage to demonstrate how easy Connect is to use, raising, assigning and escalating an Incident in mere seconds.

The next part of the session focused on the sparkly new partnership between ServiceNow and Microsoft

It’s always nice when companies play nicely with each other and this collaboration means that companies transitioning to a public cloud environment can better manage their cloud resources with a single system of record;  letting users track all their cloud resources through a self-service portal.

Dan moved the session on to talk about security. According to Dan “security is broken. It takes organisations an average of 206 days just to spot a breach”. Dan continued by running a demo of how ServiceNow can handle security showing how the connected workflow can patch a security threat in seconds going through the Incident – Emergency Change process.

Dan talked about the practical experience that went into ServiceNow’s security ethos, “the last thing you want to do at three o’clock in the morning when you’re dealing with a crisis is to pull out a long procedure, written on a pdf by a consultant” I hear you Dan, as a former Major Incident Manager for a large investment bank, I’ve been there. Dan talked about how important security was to ServiceNow sharing that third party penetration tests are carried out on every single ServiceNow release.

The Penultimate part of Dan’s session focused on customer service management. As Dan explained it, only 8% of customers think they’re experiencing good customer service. Doing nothing is not an option”. The ServiceNow customer service management technology will help customers “get off the ticket treadmill” and customers are reporting an average of 92% less time being spent on recurring Incidents. Campbell Soup and Bector Dickinson both shared their experience of how ServiceNow have helped them to be more efficient. It was then time for more product demonstrations as Deepak Bharadwaj (General Manager, HR Unit at ServiceNow) and Pat Calhoun (SVP Product at ServiceNow) joined Dan on stage to show how ServiceNow can be used to onboard a new hire just from a mobile phone app.

Dan finished on a preview of forthcoming attractions. A full benchmarking analysis tool of how ServiceNow compares against other industry players will be released in the autumn (or the fall if you’re reading this from the US) so watch this space!

The IT Asset Disposition Marketplace at eBay – Richard Donaldson, Director of Business Operations & Strategy, eBay

Richard’s session was about the Asset Management journey at eBay. Richard started by giving the audience some background on eBay. Not only is it the world’s largest online marketplace, it manages over 900 million live listings, has 83,000 physical servers and more than 433,000 network ports. That’s one complex environment.

Richard recounted how he had discovered the need for an Asset Management strategy when he realised that his organisation was paying over the odds for support costs, sometimes paying for support on assets that had already been returned.

Richard talked about the strategy used, meaning that eBay were able to move towards a leaner asset and inventory model. On talking about generating business support for Asset Management, Richard had this to say: “I’d love for Justin Timberlake to make Asset Management sexy because the cost savings are astronomical”. Us too Richard, I’m bringing Asset Management back anyone?

Richard explained about the need for business buy in and the need for service refreshes “we use Amazon, eBay and Google at home, then we head into work and it’s like going back to the stone age” Richard then shared some of the benefits realised from doing Asset Management; on retired hardware alone, his company makes over $20 million dollars a year by selling it on to be refurbished and resold after wiping the data “believe me with what we use to wipe our servers, not even a cockroach could survive”.

Richard concluded by sharing his three top tips:

  1. Asset disposition is a key pillar of lean inventory management
  2. Purchasing, management and disposal of assets is inefficient across all industries
  3. A market place for IT asset disposition can create value for all organisations

Panel Session: The Service Revolution in Risk & Compliance

Next up was an panel of experts talking all things ServiceNow risk and compliance. The panel was made up of:

  • Nathan Dupirack – Product Manager – ServiceNow
  • Carri Thompson – Director of Governance, Risk Management & Compliance – ServiceNow
  • Andrew Wheatley – Head of Internal Audit – ServiceNow
  • Tina Price – AVP IT Security & Governance – Careworks
  • John Johnson – Director of Internal Audit and SOX Compliance – Red Robin

The first topic up for discussion was how ServiceNow can support Governance Risk & Compliance or GRC.  John talked about how ServiceNow had enabled his organisation to move from spreadsheets to a single out of the box SOX solution and Tina shared how using a dedicated tool had given her organisation a more holistic view of risk enabling her department to be more streamlined and efficient.

Andrew gave the audience some background to GRC and ServiceNow explaining “our priority was to step away from the 90s technology and automate the workflow to manage risk;  our main focus is automation, self service and transparency”. Carri gave the audience an idea of the commitment ServiceNow has to GRC, ServiceNow is aligned to 15 different standards and frameworks.

The second topic of discussion was how GRC can evolve over time. Tina talked about how GRC can be applied beyond auditing to support other areas such as IT Service Continuity Management. Tina shared her top tips for GRC transformation “look for quick wins to drive adoption and evolution; it gives your stakeholders and auditors the message that compliance is important to you”. John advised delegates looking to introduce continuous monitoring to ensure that ownership is in place and that a process exists to manage exceptions.

CMDB Optimisation At Johnson & Johnson – Anders Rajka, Senior Business and Information Technology Executive at Johnson & Johnson

My afternoon was rounded off by a session on CMDB optimisation. Anders opened the session by giving the audience some background information on Johnson & Johnson. J&J are a global leader in healthcare (and baby shampoo) with 128,000 employees. The J&J CMDB has over 5 million CIs, over 4,600 service requests for CI reports and over 4,000 ServiceNow users or as Anders put it “a big company with big complexities and lots of technical debt.”

The J&J Configuration Management mission was to reduce the number of applications by 40%.  They did this by moving to a federated CMDB model in order to support IT operations, enable a move to a cloud based environment and increase transparency. This led to cost savings through removing duplicated and legacy assets as well as increased customer satisfaction.

The J&J CMDB optimisation project was implemented over 3 main releases, using Agile to keep the project on track. This included 38 user stories, 1o epics over 3 releases and 8 sprints proving that you can use Agile and Lean in a validated environment. Anders talked about the need for effective organisational Change Management to drive service transformation sharing that he used the CIO newsletter to promote the benefits of the CMDB.

The benefits of the project were impressive; a 47% reduction in CIs, 895 reduction in relationships and 1,000 end users trained. The downtime associated with product upgrades was reduced by 50%, data quality was improved and the improved service visibility lead to a reduction in Incident resolution times.

Anders concluded by sharing his three top tips:

  1. Keep your CMDB simple and federate where you can
  2. Adopt Agile and Lean for a quick return on value
  3. Enable transformation via effective organisational change

 

That’s all for now; come back soon for our recap of Day 3!

 

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Smart Watches, Kangaroos & Demand Management; Knowledge 16 – Day 1

It’s Vegas baby! Knowledge is an annual event hosted by ServiceNow to share, collaborate and promote their platform. To give you an idea of the scale of this years Knowledge16 event, it has over 11,000 people registered, 160+ sponsors & partners and there are presentations on everything from Agile to password resets.

This year’s event celebrates 10 years of Knowledge so here’s our recap of Day 1.

Opening Keynote: Frank Slootman, CEO ServiceNow

To say the auditorium was packed /out in anticipation of Frank’s opening keynote is a bit of an under statement:

Frank opened with this thought: “Speed is not an issue until someone comes along who is faster than you. Software enables speed and helps you get where you need to be”.

The next part of the keynote focused on ServiceNow as an enabler. Frank shared the stage with representatives from KPMG, Fiser and AGFA Healthcare who shared real life experiences of how ServiceNow helps them to drive their organisations. Frank talked about how the world of ITSM is constantly evolving and talked about how important SIAM and the Internet of Things were in terms of advancement and improvement.

The final part of the session was on innovation. As Frank put it; “our ultimate ambition is to change how people work” and offered up these three things to help organisations make that transformation:

  1. Subscribe & notify; reversing the flow of data so that people can be more purposeful.
  2. Connect & collaborate; applying context so the right people can collaborate in the right way with the right event.
  3. Predict; removing the temporal problem so that organisations can move to real time, using predictive analytics to prevent problems before they occur.

Frank then introduced the rest of his team to promote the ServiceNow take on wearable tech. The team were able to demo a smartwatch where an Incident can be logged with a single gesture.

The team role played a scenario whereby an Incident could be logged and escalated via the smart watch and progressed through the resolution workflow within seconds. Wearable tech which means I could keep an eye on things whilst making my kids dinner? Deal me in!!

Now on Now: How ServiceNow uses ITOM technologies to deliver the most reliable cloud platform – Sridhar Chandrashekar VP & GM of the ServiceNow ITOM Division

Sridhar rocked his session with this opening: “ we use ServiceNow for pretty much everything. We drink our own champagne.” He talked about the complexity of the ServiceNow infrastructure which includes:

  • 4 large datacentres
  • 12 smaller data centres
  • 3.5 million CMDB CIs
  • Over 7,500 servers
  • Over 2,000 network devices

In short, no small task.

Sridhar talked about the importance of maintaining SLAs and customer uptime and how ServiceNow use ITIL and other best practice frameworks to maintain services. ServiceNow process over 7,000 Changes and 6,000 Incidents a month, following a structured model.

The next part of the presentation focused on automation and the cloud. All 16 data centres run off a single instance of ServiceNow and complex automations are used to support service integration. As Sridhar put it “our aim is to automate pretty much everything” and to this end ServiceNow have lodged 25 automation patents. Sridhar explained why having automated cloning and failover processes were so important to ensure customers experience a seamless service and even demonstrated to the audience how easily it is to fail over an instance of ServiceNow to an alternative instance.

DISHin’ up a robust Service Catalogue – DISH Network Corp & Service Now

The next session was run by both DISH and ServiceNow as a team effort. DISH Network Corp are a Fortune 250 company with over 19,000 employees and are America’s third largest paid TV provider. They quite like kangaroos.

Their presentation was about the journey DISH went on to replace their legacy system with a cloud based Service Catalog. So far, so straightford right? Not quite.

DISH had a legacy system combined with a homemade web tool containing over 13,000 Service Catalog items. That’s right, 13,000 separate items. There was no self service option for Incident Management and Request Fulfillment and the CMDB was manually maintained. The asset tool was also a legacy in house app, and daily Change meetings were required to mitigate the risk of Change related failure. It also appeared that the IT department lived in a cupboard:

Enter ServiceNow. Their strategy was as follows:

  • Redefine item & categorisation
  • New tables for approvals & request fulfillment
  • Data driven forms
  • Data driven workflow

The biggest challenge was wrangling over 13,000 Service Catalogue items into a sensible format. Tables were used to great effect along with authorisation models. Check out the sample approval matrix:

Let’s face it, if I had to chose two people to resolve my Incident I’d pick Bruce Willis and Sandra Bullock as well 🙂

Data driven forms were used to support automation and the final product looked something like this:

Mission well and truly accomplished guys, well done.

IT work intake – using idea & demand applications; Debbie Balmos, IT Support Director, HMS

After a quick ice cream break it was time for Debbie’s presentation on Demand Management. Debbie’s session was about using Demand Management to increase transparency and collaboration with business partners with the help of business focused applications.

Debbie started by outlining some of the challenges her IT organisation faced. These included:

  • Unclear work intake
  • Inability to prioritise
  • Disconnect and silos
  • No collaboration with the business
  • No idea of cost per service

The plan? Project Unity to automate the end to end IT service.

Debbie talked about engaging with ServiceNow and how she was able to use it to combine and replace three separate legacy systems. This gave her organisation a holistic view of critical services and enabled her to balance supply with demand.

The second half of Debbie’s presentation focused on demonstrating her new environment and talking through how it worked in real life. The new process routes all Incidents and Service Requests through a single HMS branded self service portal and a defined workflow supports the process. The result? Happy customers!

 

That’s all for now, come back soon to read our recap of Day 2!

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Podcast: Helsinki to Las Vegas in the service revolution

Chris Pope, ServiceNowI was lucky enough to speak to Chris Pope, senior director of strategy at ServiceNow, ahead of Knowledge 16, ServiceNow ’s flagship event in Las Vegas. Chris talked about the future of ITSM, the ten-year anniversary of the Knowledge Conference and the importance of celebrating new customers with cake!

You can listen to the podcast on SoundCloud:

Are you planning to go to Knowledge 16? Let us know in the comments!

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Cakes, Dilbert & ServiceNow!

We were lucky enough to be invited to a ServiceNow seminar in London just before Christmas. The theme of the event was “is your ITSM keeping up with the business?” Naturally we pounced on this like a cheetah on a trampoline so here’s our take on the big day.

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2015 Update – Tom Warren, Sales Director of New Business – ServiceNow

First up was Tom Warren, Sales Director of New Business for ServiceNow. Tom kicked off the afternoon by giving us a whistle stop tour of how 2015 has treated ServiceNow. It’s been an impressive year in terms of growth; two thirds of the world’s biggest banks are now ServiceNow customers.

Tom talked about the passion ServiceNow has for embracing technology: “self-service empowers our users and synergises what they’re using at home. No one wants to use tech that’s 20 years out of date” so far so standard for ITSM toolsets but Tom went on to explain that there is now a ServiceNow app for Apple Watch. Can you imagine being able to log Incidents or approve Service Requests on your watch? How awesome is that?!! (Disclaimer: I’m a huge geek).

Tom continued by talking about how ServiceNow can drive efficiencies at an enterprise level by automating manual tasks. He shared how the product has evolved over time by working with partner ecosystems to drive the transformation process.

Tom ended his session by re-affirming the ServiceNow commitment to its customers encouraging everyone to look at the ServiceNow user community for news, support and FAQs. He reminded the audience “24 by 7 by 365 support and upgrades are included in the licence because we want you to have the best product” – something I totally agree with as there’s nothing worse than spending thousands of pounds on a tool only to spend yet more money every time you have an issue, question or need to upgrade.

 

Value & Efficiency – Neil MacGowan, Enterprise Strategist – ServiceNow

Next up was Neil MacGowan, enterprise strategist for ServiceNow. Neil’s opened his session with a Dilbert cartoon so naturally I was totally on board from the off. Neil gave us the shocking statistic from a recent study that found people are spending 15 hours a week on admin tasks. I loathe anything admin related with a fiery burning passion so completely agree that we need to sort this out. Neil continued by saying that the reason we do so much admin is “multiple departments, outdated tech & inefficient processes”.

Neil gave us a practical example of how ServiceNow can help “before we used ServiceNow for purchase orders, it took an average of 20 emails just to sort one purchase order”. Ouch.  Neil outlined a user experience we can all empathise with: “users go from using Facebook, Amazon, Google etc. at home, then they go into work and are forced to use Soviet era tech. No wonder they’re frustrated”.

Neil demonstrated how ServiceNow can be used to support HR, Marketing and Facilities as well as IT and explained how CreateNow module can create a new support application in minutes. Neil talked about CSI and next steps stating “today’s innovation is tomorrow’s commodity. We need CSI to keep going”.

Neil ended his session by talking about value reminding us: “the true value of  ServiceNow is (1) what you can save (2) what you gain in operations & (3) innovation”

 

Bans Sagoo – Functionality Expert – ServiceNow

The final session we attended was run by Bans Sagoo. His session was called “a look under the hood” Bans used his session to outline how ServiceNow can be used to manage multiple Service Desks, Major Incidents and management analytics.

Bans took us through the ServiceNow Major Incident experience which was slick, efficient and optimised with fab reporting dashboards enabling beleaguered Incident Managers everywhere to be able to report back to management with sensible updates. Bans finished by explaining that having a solid common workflow means you can build structured processes; something I completely agree with especially if you use modelling and templates.

 

A Fun, Informative Event

For my money, this was a really useful and fun event. It’s always nice to see the big software companies give something back and the day was an exciting mix of brand, functionality and process design presentations. The customers I spoke to were all really engaged and a great day was had by all. Thank you to ServiceNow for inviting us along and we hope to be back next time.

 

 

Review: ServiceNow for Outside IT 2014 (Best in Class)

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ServiceNow (Best in Class)

This independent review is part of our Outside IT Review.

To download the full report as a PDF please visit : http://download.itassetmanagement.net/outside-it/

 

Executive Summary

Elevator Pitch A leader in Enterprise Service Management (ESM) – ServiceNow is positively and proactively leading and driving the industry forward in using ITSM technology and practices beyond IT.ServiceNow has numerous impressive implementations of non-IT bespoke applications, and promotes this as the way forward for IT, also offering several non-IT packages to the market.
Strengths
  • Strong strategic focus and messaging/positioning to help support and drive the Outside IT/collaboration/ESM agenda
  • Toolset provides extensive and mature capability and flexibility for development, plus out-of-the-box ITSM and business process functionality
  • A large number of established turnkey business (non-IT) applications provided e.g. for HR, finance, facilities and asset management
  • Impressive number of customers already using bespoke applications Outside IT in areas such as: HR, Finance, Sales and Marketing, Facilities, Legal, Procurement, etc.
Weaknesses
  • Vendor and product positioned for large-to-very-large size organisations – culture, approach and budget may not fit small-to-medium and mid-market organisations
  • Message and culture may not fit with more traditional organisations/departments not currently looking to integrate or collaborate across internal functions
Primary Market Focus Based on the information provided, ServiceNow is primarily a large-to-very large market solution.

Commercial Summary

Vendor ServiceNow
Product ServiceNow IT Service Automation SuiteServiceNow Service Automation Platform
Version reviewed Eureka
Date of version Release June 2014
Year Founded 2004
Customers 2000+ customers world-wide, of which over 400 are Global 2000 organisations
Pricing Structure “ServiceNow products are sold in suites or individually and are prices monthly on a user basis. Orchestration and Discovery are options that are priced monthly on a node or device basis, respectively.”
Competitive Differentiators
  • Strong presence as enterprise-wide solution provider, following initial emergence as market-disruptive SAAS option
  • Leader in the market in terms of promoting and delivering enterprise-wide solutions that extend beyond IT

Independent Review

ServiceNow is an established leading player in the enterprise ITSM market. The product is multi-functional and appears to be highly configurable to customer requirements. Furthermore, it offers extensive options and capabilities in and beyond ITSM for all internal service functions – e.g. HR, Finance, Customer Service, etc.

In the review ServiceNow provided the most extensive and comprehensive list of examples of customer implementations Outside IT, a good example of which is REI, which uses the toolset for HR and Finance as well as for IT requests and functionality.

This, in tandem with an impressive list of existing bespoke and turnkey business applications in the product, in our opinion makes ServiceNow a proactive leader in the Outside IT space.

Marketing

In The ITSM Review’s opinion, ServiceNow has taken the lead in the ITSM market by promoting the opportunity for IT departments to re-invent themselves and become the facilitators of change and automation across all areas of organisations, using the basic concepts of ITSM and the toolset capabilities.

This service automation capability is branded as an opportunity for ESM and is promoted as an enabler and differentiator for IT organisations to recover credibility and relevance with their customer base.

Sales Strategy

In our view, ServiceNow’s approach to sales strategy is game-changing, given that it can help to re-define value and purpose for IT organisations, by helping them to succeed in ways that traditional IT (and other internal service) departments have struggled for years. It is also clear that the market needs this sort of focus and organisations that are adopting “collaboration” principles are thriving and are focussed on key business needs rather than being weighed down by internal process and functional divisions.

ServiceNow is currently leveraging sales based on this wider business or ESM focus, beyond IT and ITSM, which should continue to support sales growth, as more organisations require internal functions to be integrated and collaborative with the rest of the business.

Current Use

ServiceNow also offers a number of turnkey products, i.e. ServiceNow built non-IT applications, available for areas such as HR, facilities etc. together with customer built custom apps available via ServiceNow Share.

The ServiceNow sales and marketing message and positioning is co-ordinated to drive the message of collaboration across organisations, a refreshed focus on ESM, which is supported by sales and operations teams who are targeting this type of sale.

ServiceNow is established as a global vendor selling to large and enterprise organisations. ServiceNow uses positive IT/ITSM industry and media messaging, high profile events and media to promote their offerings and the ESM approach.

ServiceNow also uses an extensive global network of service providers and partners for building, delivering and implementing its products and business applications.

ServiceNow also integrate with, or are building integrations with, over 85 companies/technologies, thus showing proven experience and accessibility in linking with other technologies.

In Summary

In The ITSM Review’s opinion, ServiceNow is an excellent option for large-and-very large sized businesses looking to achieve synergy and efficiency of cross-departmental operations, as well as flexibility in their IT and wider non-IT shared service operations. Furthermore, we believe it is an excellent option for large and very large organisations implementing service management and work automation across and beyond IT.

We feel that ESM is a strong and forward-thinking message and an excellent opportunity for real success through ITSM and wider service management and automation. In our opinion, this is a stronger and more sustainable message than ServiceNow’s earlier focus on Cloud/commercial models, community and flexibility (although useful and helpful) as the ESM message transcends IT and straddles business areas and can finally take ITSM to a C-Level audience for sales and delivered value.

In our view, continued expansion via the ESM message and product capability for Global Enterprises should be the ServiceNow goal, possibly with some options on how to take this message to the mid-market market in future.

In their own words

“ServiceNow is the enterprise IT cloud company. We transform IT by automating and managing IT service relationships across the global enterprise. Organizations deploy our service to create a single system of record for IT and automate manual tasks, standardize processes, and consolidate legacy systems. Using our extensible platform, our customers create custom applications and evolve the IT service model to service domains inside and outside the enterprise.

ServiceNow offers a portfolio of robust cloud-based products that automate and manage IT service relationships across the enterprise. Our products have the advantage of being built on a single cloud platform that consists of one user interface, one code base and one data model, delivering easy, automated upgrades. ServiceNow provides an intuitive and approachable user experience complete with expert services to accelerate time-to-value.
The ServiceNow Service Automation Platform is a highly configurable, approachable and extensible cloud platform built on an enterprise-grade infrastructure. All ServiceNow applications, as well as custom applications created by ServiceNow customers and partners, are built on this common, underlying platform.

ServiceNow IT Service Automation applications evolve the service model so that IT can spend more time delivering innovative business solutions and less time managing infrastructure overhead. ServiceNow enterprise IT users can replace redundant processes and fragmented service systems with an application suite that utilizes a single data model. This provides a single system of record for IT. With ServiceNow, IT can consolidate legacy systems, automate manual tasks, and consumerize the user experience.”

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Review: Outside IT 2014

OutsideITTo download the full report as a PDF please visit : Outside IT 5th August 2014

This is a competitive review of software vendors who offer Outside IT capabilities as part of their IT service management (ITSM) solution.
Products reviewed:

 

Outside IT 2014 – Best in Class

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In The ITSM Review’s opinion, ServiceNow is an excellent option for large-and-very large sized businesses looking to achieve synergy and efficiency of cross-departmental operations, as well as flexibility in their IT and wider non-IT shared service operations. Furthermore, we believe it is an excellent option for large and very large organisations implementing service management and work automation across and beyond IT.

We feel that ESM is a strong and forward-thinking message and an excellent opportunity for real success through ITSM and wider service management and automation. In our opinion, this is a stronger and more sustainable message than ServiceNow’s earlier focus on Cloud/commercial models, community and flexibility (although useful and helpful) as the ESM message transcends IT and straddles business areas and can finally take ITSM to a C-Level audience for sales and delivered value.

In our view, continued expansion via the ESM message and product capability for Global Enterprises should be the ServiceNow goal, possibly with some options on how to take this message to the mid-market market in future.

Overview

This report has been unusual in terms of a normal industry product/vendor review – for two reasons:

  1. The initial review criteria were quite generic (by necessity) and to some extent vague (i.e. “what have you done with your product outside of IT?”) and
  2. The results and outcomes are not particularly (or only) related to functionality or product capability – and this relates strongly to marketing, positioning and implementation approach.

As a review of what vendors can or are doing with their (ITSM) products outside of the IT and ITSM operational area, this review had to be somewhat open-ended, giving the participating vendors specific requirements to follow, but also opening up the options for them to show us what else they can do and are doing outside of IT. This includes not just options on software functionality but also how the vendors are positioning themselves in the market.

Each vendor in this report provides ITSM tools that can be used to build forms and workflow based automation for administration of ‘back-office’ work, this includes: managing workloads; requests; automating approvals and escalations; automating spreadsheets and other databases centrally to remove risk; provide customer service and call centre tools; manage work schedules; provide knowledge repositories, calendars, reports dashboards and customer portals etc. In addition, they each provide this functionality in a modern, social, mobile and intuitive ‘connected’ environment that can be quickly implemented and maintained with minimum technical resources.

So what are the differences between the vendors in this report? How can we distinguish and identify differentiators, pros and cons between them? If all products can be used to develop work automation, logging and escalation/ownership and tracking of tasks etc., does this mean that the differences between vendors go beyond simple software functionality? This review looks at how to differentiate the vendors’ approach for beyond IT across the ITSM market.

Industry Context

There has been a move in recent times to develop more applications and tools that can cross the boundaries of internal service departments. The ITSM toolsets available have helped to drive practice in this area, in particular service catalogues, service portals, automated fulfilment processing, approvals etc. and for many organisations this is a huge opportunity for IT to be the department of solutions and success rather than simply the folks who say ‘no’ all the time.

Most manufacturers of ITSM tools report that their sales engagement process usually now involve the inclusion of non-IT people as the norm which has happened historically although not consistently with many vendors also reporting the fact that, once their ITSM tool has been successfully implemented, their clients in IT then help to ‘sell on’ the wider use of the toolsets within and across their own organisations.

Much of this has been driven by the opportunities offered via Cloud solutions and also via assorted sourcing options. However, the barriers between IT and its internal customers/departments are now also breaking down such that, finally, there is the appreciation that the overall needs of the organisation they support can be met via a ‘supply chain’ approach rather than a siloed one. Commoditisation of IT has led to greater awareness of, and demand for, proper end-to-end solutions and collaborative working. Toolsets are the final piece in this jigsaw, as they offer simple and effective solutions for this.

Opportunities for IT organisations

This is therefore a time of huge opportunity for IT organisations to re-invent themselves and to show their true value to the organisations that they serve. This moves away from just being inward-looking and self preserving around their own (IT) processes but to also being the facilitator, catalyst and ‘solution superheroes’ for the whole organisation. This can help to develop efficiency and remove risk by automating manual and single point of failure processes and systems, e.g. spreadsheets that still provide key business functions.

IT can show leadership in their own businesses if they grasp the nettle and use the skills they have developed via ITSM and the associated toolsets, relationship management, value-demonstration, service monitoring, and cost management. It’s the time and opportunity to take ITSM to the next level and IT organisations and their people are best placed to deliver this.

Client maturity

Whilst this sounds exciting, there is also the question of maturity and awareness, and this brave new world cannot apply across all organisations evenly. There are those IT organisations that have the maturity and drive to take their knowledge and skills forward to capitalise on these opportunities. These organisations will respond well to vendor positioning and messaging around business-led IT and the value of service management beyond IT.

However, there are also many (probably most) IT organisations that don’t yet have the vision, awareness, bandwidth and ITSM maturity to do this.

This is where intelligent use of new sourcing models can help to ensure that IT is moving with the times and delivering in response to needs and not just “treading water” and “sweating assets”.

These organisations will also be at risk of being by-passed in the sales process of forward thinking vendors who can then sell direct to other service areas (not IT) with their products and solutions. Vendors with mature implementations and good client relationships can also develop these accounts to “sell inwardly” as mentioned, and get the message across about collaborative working – with variable success depending on their ability to reach and get the right messages to the C-Levels working in their clients.

The new world of corporate collaboration

The message here for the vendor market – and in the context of this review – is therefore that ITSM vendors wishing to retain and increase their market share into new areas need to consider the positioning of their products in a wider context than just IT.

Products and vendors that only focus on internal IT – sold to internally focussed IT departments who don’t see the opportunities for collaboration – will be at risk, or at least will risk falling behind in the long run. There may be continuing opportunities for relatively straightforward ITSM-only sales in the short-term, but ultimately this will not be a sustainable strategy.

Vendors also need to be clear on how to reach non-IT people where necessary, as well as having clear strategies for up-selling their products beyond IT in existing and new accounts. Overall they will need to be clear as to the extent to which they take and promote these messages – from presenting either a business-focussed/business-enabled solution, to an IT-internally-focused only approach.

So whilst there is still a lively traditional ITSM ‘core market’ that vendors can focus on – where the prospects may not be interested in Outside IT (i.e. applications and their focus is solely on ITSM) – there is also a longer-term and potentially larger opportunity around selling to the wider organisation.

Clearly for vendors this requires some strategic decision making around positioning and marketing, with some implications around sales approach and targeting. This in turn may have significant cost and structural implications for vendors, and some may not have the resources to meet these requirements.

So the traditional sale to mid-management IT Operations may be simpler and easier in the short-term, but longer-term vendors may need to rethink their sales and marketing approach, collateral, and even the language used in the sales process.

So how do we evaluate the current Market?

The four vendors who participated in this review all have the capabilities to provide additional functionality outside of the ITSM/IT area and they also all have varying levels of customer adoption of this. These vendors cover a broad spectrum in terms of size, capability, and corporate coverage and their focus reflects this. All vendors also have different sales and marketing approaches to the concept of Outside IT. Details and examples of their individual offerings are shown below.

All four vendors can deliver non-IT applications with varying levels of toolkits, engagement approaches, and turnkey offerings.

 

To download the full report as a PDF please visit : http://download.itassetmanagement.net/outside-it/

Disclaimer, Scope and Limitations

The information contained in this review is based on sources and information believed to be accurate as of the time it was created.  Therefore, the completeness and current accuracy of the information provided cannot be guaranteed.  Readers should therefore use the contents of this review as a general guideline, and not as the ultimate source of truth.

Similarly, this review is not based on rigorous and exhaustive technical study.  The ITSM Review recommends that readers complete a thorough live evaluation before investing in technology.

This is a paid review, that is, the vendors included in this review paid to participate in exchange for all results and analysis being published free of charge, without registration.

For further information, please read the ‘Group Tests’ section, on our Disclosure page.


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ITSM Industry Roundup

Fetching you the news!
Fetching you the news!

No time to read all the interesting info floating around social media and appearing in your inbox? Read our round up of what we’ve found interesting this week.

  1. Firms failing on security basics, says Websense – Businesses still failing on the basic requirements for information security such as visibility of their data assets, says security firm Websense. Read more here
  2. ITIL Exam Figures Dropping – ITIL Exam figures for the first half of show a considerable loss compared to 2013. Read more here
  3. Cherwell release major new version – Oooh shiny! check out version 5 here
  4. People Who Jump From Screen To Screen Have Less Gray Matter In One Brain Region, Study Finds – As if we needed any more reason not to multi-task! Read more here
  5. Get More from Difficult People by Shaping Your Requests as Questions – Who doesn’t have to deal with someone on at least a semi-regular basis who lives to be just plain awkward? Read more on how to deal with it here
  6. You’re building what?! More bad CIO decisions – Not focused on the areas where technology will have the greatest impact? Then you’re doing it wrong. Read more here
  7. Employees waste 54 minutes per day as IT systems keep businesses in the slow lane – read more here (Via @knowledgebird)
  8. BMC sues ServiceNow – things are getting nasty between the two ITSM industry giants, read more here.
  9. Around 35% of Australian workers complain they are hindered at work by issues with legacy IT systems. Would be interesting to see the numbers in the UK. Read more here

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Outside IT Group Test – The Results

Cherwell, Samanage, ServiceNow and TOPdesk reviewed for their capabilities and approach to delivering services outside the IT department
Cherwell, Samanage, ServiceNow and TOPdesk reviewed for their capabilities and approach to delivering services outside the IT department

I am pleased to share my latest analysis for The ITSM Review: Outside IT.

This is a review of how IT service management (ITSM) tools might be used beyond the IT department.

It explores how traditional ITSM tools, typically used for IT service and support, can be used for broader operation throughout the business such as underpinning internal business processes and handling non-IT business requests.

Technology vendors participating in this analysis include:

  • Cherwell
  • Samanage
  • ServiceNow
  • TOPdesk

There has been a move in recent times to develop more applications and tools that can cross the boundaries of internal service departments. The ITSM toolsets available have helped to drive practice in this area, in particular service catalogues, service portals, automated fulfilment processing, approvals etc. and for many organisations this is a huge opportunity for IT to be the department of solutions and success rather than simply the folks who say ‘no’ all the time.

Which vendor is ‘Best in Class’?

What are the differences between the vendors in this report? How can we distinguish and identify differentiators, pros and cons between them? If all products can be used to develop work automation, logging and escalation/ownership and tracking of tasks etc., does this mean that the differences between vendors go beyond simple software functionality? This review looks at how to differentiate the vendors’ approach for beyond IT across the ITSM market.

Download a copy of my report here (registration required):

http://download.itassetmanagement.net/outside-it/