BMC Helix ITSM Review

Change Management, one of the most valuable features, helps us manage and maintain the company schedule of activities and resources.

What is most valuable?

  • Configuration Management – to track hardware, software, users
  • Change Management – manage and maintain the company schedule of activities and resources

How has it helped my organization?

This product aided in the management of hardware, software, resources, and implementation schedules. Additionally, it opened the communication barriers for resources and management to communicate one on one or in a group tracking and utilizing the facts

For how long have I used the solution?

The company has used it for 11 years, and I have used it as an implementer & manager for four and a half years. I have also used is personally as an end-user for a further seven years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

When I was a part of the support and upgrade team, it took 120 constant hours to upgrade. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The data was slow and the BMC support was lacking. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

After the five day upgrade we then had days of data clean up.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were using a very old product called PMSD, and excel spreadsheets. It was not robust nor did it provide the endless types of functionality that Remedy offered.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup for all involved was “discovery” as no one had the experience of the tool.

What about the implementation team?

Our internal team performed the hardware configuration and setup, software process and procedures, documentation and training. Our teams were technically strong and had good technical knowledge. They knew the company and this is what made our implementation successful.

What was our ROI?

I cannot comment as I was not monitoring the ROI. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I do know that managing the configuration items aided in the upcoming annual contracts for hardware, software products and other configuration items, the data was extremely helpful.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated several tools – I cannot remember them as it’s been a while. We had a PRB team and performed site visits and demos.

What other advice do I have?

It’s a great product, I would highly recommend it. My strong advice is to take your time to plan, understand your company, and design your processes with your team members to understand all aspects. You also need to schedule your time and implementation. Finally, understand that it’s teamwork, and without that no-one will be successful.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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