In partnership with ServiceNow, our recent ITSM event was a rare
opportunity for attendees to see first hand how ITSM is evolving and
what the upcoming ServiceNow releases have in store for the user.
As well as looking at the future of ITSM, the expert-led sessions
focused on optimizing performance and accelerating implementation of the
ServiceNow platform. We were also joined by Multiplex who delivered an
indepth review of their own ServiceNow journey, exploring the biggest
challenges and the lessons learnt during their Helsinki integration.
Our host and Director of Unifii, Stephen Mamelok,
opened the floor with an introduction to Unifii and the professional
and managed services we offer. Touching on technology innovation,
Stephen’s opening words led nicely into the first session of the day,
‘The Future of ITSM’ – a session delivered by ServiceNow’s Damien Davis, ITSM Product Management.
The future of ITSM
Damien provided an insight into the ServiceNow ITSM roadmap over the
next 18 months. Focusing on the importance of delivering a consumer-led
experience for the enterprise, Damien addressed the expectations of the
modern worker, looking at how we engage with consumer platforms such as
Amazon and Netflix – both providing examples of consumer driven service
catalogues and advanced machine learning.
Throughout 2017 ServiceNow acquired a series of companies to assist
with the introduction of a ‘consumer-led experience’ into the service
management space. These included DX Continuum, Qlue, Telepathy and
Skygiraffe – each bringing expertise in either machine learning, virtual
agents, digital design and native mobile capability. By bolstering
their internal expertise, Damien explained that ServiceNow are focused
on developing three key areas:
- User experience
- Service intelligence
- Service experiences
While Damien touched on other exciting developments and news in the ServiceNow space, you’ll need to follow them at Knowledge18 to get the full scoop.
Performance analytics with ITSM
Following on from Damien was James Walters,
Solutions Consultant from ServiceNow, delivering a talk on Performance
Analytics with ITSM. Opening his session with a quote from the Scottish
poet Andrew Lang:
“He uses [data] in the same way a drunkard uses lamp posts… for support rather than illumination.”
James identified that while most customers have implemented
performance analytics in their ServiceNow platform, many were
underutilising it’s capabilites – with some not using it at all.
Since more analytic solutions for business users are becoming
embedded in other core applications (up to 90% over the next 5 years
according to a Nucleus Research study), leveraging analytics will soon
become an integral part of IT operations.
As explained by James, this will not only create greater visibility,
it will deliver real-time insights and provide actionable observations
for ServiceNow users. As a result, you’ll be able to:
- Prioritise resources
- Improve resolution times
- Deliver automation and self-service
- Drive toward continuous service improvement
- Align services with overall business goals
Unifii accelerated ServiceNow implementation
Following an impressive lunch spread, Myles Molloy,
Head of Consulting at Unifii, kicked off the afternoon’s session:
‘Accelerated Implementation’. Drawing on previous client work, Myles
described how Unifii helped a client replatform two legacy ITSM
platforms onto a single ServiceNow platform.
Myles explained leveraging strong data management principles, senior
business support and adoption of scrum and sprints as reasons of the
success of the project – since they allowed for early visibility of
progress, quick delivery and a collaborative partnership. Overall, the
benefits included a successful implementation that enabled and drove
business process effiencies, and offered an improved service to
distinguish their offering in the market, within 10 weeks from inital
Multiplex journey: ‘A good time to reset’
This session was followed by Scott Bailey,
who took us through the ServiceNow customer journey of Multiplex where
he is Global IT Service Manager. Scott went into detail about how he
managed the ServiceNow implementation, placing emphasis on the
challenges he faced and the lessons learnt.
Key takeaways include:
- Work with your partners and invest in the relationship
- Don’t rush an investment decision
- Use an RFP Process – competiton is a good thing!
- NowForum’s and networking events are valuable
- Regardless of the Partner investment, a significant level of effort
is required on Business Change and internal Administration, Ownership
- User Master Data – it drives everything
- Ensure Business Sponsorship & Operational requirements match the solution target outcome
- Keep it simple
ITSM & ITOM, better together
Last to the floor was Mark Revill,
Advisory Solution Consultant for ServiceNow. Mark covered the
fundamental reasons why ITSM and ITOM are better together. Starting with
the CIO top priorities, Digital Transformation, Machine Learning and
Cloud Adoption were noted as the key drivers for change – with the
following challenges providing the biggest obstacles to delivering
Services that enable these changes across IT:
- Operating in silos
- Erratic service availability
- Poor user experience
Mark went on to note the strategic advantage of connecting Service
with Infrastructure, looking at added automation and intelligence as
well as delivering greater visibility and agility in IT operations.
By aligining ServiceNow ITSM and ITOM, Mark identified the business
benefits to be a decrease in outages, time savings in priority response,
an increase in efficieny gains and considerable annual savings. This
was supported by a demo focusing on the automated and integrated
approach to managing outages using the ServiceNow ITSM & ITOM
Get in touch
Although there was a lot to cover over the day, the roundtable format
encouraged attendees to be involved from the go, asking
company-specific questions and being involved in live-demonstrations of
ServiceNow features still in their beta-stages.
If you missed our London event, be sure to keep an eye on our website, where we’ll release details of future events.
If you’ve liked what you’ve read here, get in touch with one of the Unifii team to discuss how we can help you