Ivanti Neurons for ITSM
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Tony Deeb is the Service Delivery Manager for Aggreko, a giant supplier of power, cooling and heating services. Tony describes how Aggreko, after reaching end of life on its existing on-premise solution for IT Service Management (ITSM) tool, faced a stark choice: either move towards a cloud-based solution or upgrade to the latest ITSM on-premise solution.
With a global IT service organization of 40 technicians offering first-line support to 6,000 employees, Aggreko’s Technology Services (ATS) management team knew it had to make a change. The ATS team sensed that, in line with the company’s cloud-first policy, a centralized approach to service management would drive greater efficiencies and engage more positive user outcomes.
Aggreko’s IT service management pain stemmed from a 10-year usage of an on-premise ITSM solution that had progressively become obsolete. Aggreko, processing over 7,000 tickets monthly, struggled to administer over 3,000 incident categories within maintenance windows as outages became more frequent and response times increased. Classifications were becoming decentralized, leading to poor data quality from which to base IT resource decisions.
Aggreko knew it could drive innovation by increasing efficiencies in its service management operations, freeing up previously tied-up resources to increase focus on areas like data analytics and business intelligence.
ATS considered further peer advice through its membership in the Service Desk Institute and partnered with fellow consultant members, Acrinax, to produce a full response requirement document and advise in the selection process.
ATS in turn selected the cloud-optimized Ivanti Service Manager solution to deploy in three stages. Internal workshops rapidly followed that detailed established processes that Ivanti Service Manager had to deliver without customization by Aggreko.
Incident, problem and self-service modules were deployed during phase one of. Utilizing a centralized incident module showed immediate returns within the help desk function. Previously, technicians had over 3,000 categories from which to classify and determine incoming tickets. During its initial planning, ATS found that first-line support regularly used only 1% of these categories – most being rarely used and none deleted.
Today, technicians worldwide have access to centrally log incidents and classify against 300 verified conditions. Accurate classification of incidents has provided better real-time data for increased insight and better operations. For example, the service desk can now distinguish between incidents and requests, allowing ATS to quickly utilize ticket data to flag incident trends and predict and fix repeat incidents faster.
Likewise, the former self-service facility was barely used. Analysis showed it captured just 0.8% of all IT-inbound help requests as it was difficult for end users to categorize and communicate their needs. Instead, end users defaulted to emailing ATS directly, whose agents then applied shortcuts on their behalf. Tony, knowing employee ease-of-use within the self-service module would be critical to future adoption and satisfaction levels, noted the phase one results:
“We made significant progress in phase one by quickly offering an agile service desk that contains just 10% of the classifications. This means that ATS responds faster and more efficiently. Technicians access self-populating categories that cuts time to remediation."
Phase two continues to progress rapidly. This phase includes change management to centralize change improvements and ultimately includes integration of Azure DevOps, with development teams globally set to access approvals and incidents and standardize change requests in real time. This global access will alleviate the pressures of ATS logging critical changes in SharePoint files.
Lastly, phase three has already commenced with ongoing evaluation, improvement and accreditation activities. Aggreko is now able to map a three-year formal certification plan with key audit points using the Service Desk Institute’s star rating scheme. In a conscious move away from Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for end users that are hard to define and establish, and then become quickly outdated, Aggreko will gauge internal customer satisfaction through an app-based approach using user happiness indicators. Now, users are prompted to define their experience by answering only four questions, delivering to ATS an experience satisfaction grade between one and five.
Other results continue to impress Aggreko. In the former system, there was no linkage between the ITSM and asset management systems across the global estate. Before rollout, ATS requested that Ivanti incorporate its existing third-party asset management database directly with Ivanti Service Manager. This asset integration gives first-line support a distinct advantage in determining likely issues with auto-population of asset details, including device types, age of machine and software licenses.
Ivanti’s platform usage has permeated outside of IT and into HR, which successfully joined the deployment initiative to replace its current request process. With three global HR helpdesks that modelled IT’s follow-thesun service levels, HR was keen to replicate IT’s success and transfer HR-related queries from calls and emails onto its own centralized request management system that detailed common employee question areas such as holidays, appraisals, and benefits requests.
“When you are a critical support service within the energy industry, it’s all about maximizing efficiencies,” Tony concludes. “I’m pleased to report that, so far, the move to cloud-based IT service management with Ivanti has been relatively pain-free. With the new system in place, we see and report a better user experience already, with an above-average score for service desk happiness. We look to continue to improve the satisfaction and response-resolution times as we enter phases two and three."
Note: A customer’s results are specific to its total environment/experience, of which Ivanti is a part. Individual results may vary based on each customer’s unique environment.