Micro Focus Service Anywhere [EOL] Review

Its self-service portal has provided valuable information to the users, a single point of contact and knowledge base access.

What is most valuable?

Big data and analytics are the product’s most valuable features.

How has it helped my organization?

Since the Service Anywhere (SAW) implementation, we have improved in two major aspects:

  • User experience: SAW’s self-service portal has provided valuable information to the users, a single point of contact and knowledge base access.
  • Efficiency: Big data functions and analytics provided valuable information for decision-making about the capacity of human resources.

What needs improvement?

Integration: The integration capacity of the tool is limited. It supports REST/API integration, but it has many limitations. The clearest example is the SAW-HP PPM integration. You can build an integration between the two platforms, but this will not provide much value because there is limited data available.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used it for two years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

This SaaS solution only supports ADFS technology and doesn’t support VPN connections.

How are customer service and technical support?

Online support or SaaS support is really good.

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

We choose this product because we needed a SaaS solution and this platform has many valuable functions that our previous tool didn’t, such as a training self-service portal, big data & analytics, knowledge base and “real” ITIL compliance. ITIL processes modeled in SAW are REALLY good. I think that you can have a good processes model just by using out-of-the-box SAW processes.

How was the initial setup?

It was a straightforward setup. If you are implementing new processes, you can use out of the box models. If you want to build custom processes and business rules that may be as complex as you want, I recommend having ITSM expert consulting support during the project.

What about the implementation team?

We did the implementation directly with HP. HP Latin America consultants do not have the required skills and knowledge for SAW implementation or it was insufficient.

What other advice do I have?

I recommend reviewing your IT processes before implementation begins to identify gaps and set realistic goals. I think that it could be helpful to have ITIL-trained staff and not forget the importance of MoC (organizational change) planning and support.

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: My company has an alliance with HPE.
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