ServiceNow IT Operations Management Review

Great modules with good stability and helpful technical support

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for our customers, which are based in Orlando, Quebec, and Paris.

What is most valuable?

The solution has six different modules: Discovery, Service Mapping, Event Management, Operational Intelligence, Cloud Service Provisioning, and Cloud Insights.

They have a very good Health Solutions Suite.

Their Event Management is very good. So are Log Analytics and Event Management.

These three valuable features - Event Management, Log Analytics, and Operational Intelligence - all within their artificial intelligence solution, AIOps. It's very effective.

Log Analytics is very new. It is released in Quebec only. We are yet to implement it, however, in theory, it looks very efficient solution. Even Management we have implemented for around 20 plus customers and it is very effective. It's one of the best solutions in the market.

We also use Discovery and Service Mapping, which are both quite good.

With Cloud Discovery, we can discover cloud assets. It is very useful. 

The solution is quite scalable.

The solution has very good stability overall.

Technical support has been helpful.

What needs improvement?

Service Mapping is a time-consuming process. The time and effort versus the benefits are very difficult to articulate to customers. That is one challenge we see.

If Discovery, for example, could be extended to other cloud areas it could be very helpful. Currently, it has popular cloud service providers like AWS, Azure, GCP, Google. If they can extend it to all cloud service providers and containers such as Kubernetes, it would be better. 

In the implementation, we have encountered problems with the Ansible integration and Kubernetes. That is one area they can definitely improve. 

Another area of improvement is ACC. They are launching something called ACC, Agent Client Collector. It is more or less their version of monitoring. That is not yet fully realized. It is not a complete solution. It is in its primitive stages. We would really love to see that improving and covering all applications in order for it to be a really comprehensive monitoring solution. 

At this moment, we are not able to use it as a standalone monitoring solution. We still have to use other monitoring tools like SolarWinds, or AppDynamics, or something like that. If ACC is improved, then it will be an end-to-end solution.

The pricing could be lower.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using the solution for about two years now. It hasn't been very long.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We've found the solution to be stable. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. It's reliable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

O one of the benefits of ServiceNow is scalability. If a company needs to scale, it can do so.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is quite good. We're satisfied with their level of service. They are knowledgeable and responsive. 

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

I previously worked with Remedy Orchestrator. In comparison, ServiceNow is easier to implement.

How was the initial setup?

For a typical Event Management and OI, or Discovery, it will take from four to six weeks to implement. 

Service Mapping is a long project. It depends on the number of maps the customer has, so it is long-term. If they have to cover all priority applications, it will be anywhere from six to eight months. That is a long process, and are no longer doing it as an implementation. We are doing it as regular day-to-day work, due to the length of time it takes. It requires a lot of inputs from the application support teams and infrastructure support teams, and a lot of coordination is involved. That is why it takes time. However, for any other product, whether it is Cloud or Event Management or Discovery, you are looking at four to six weeks depending on the customer size and customer environment.

What about the implementation team?

We assist our clients in implementing the solution. 

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

The cost could be lower.

For those customers who are already using ServiceNow for service management, for example, then it is just the license costs and no other cost is involved. In that way it is good. It is emerging as a holistic solution for enterprise service management. 

The upside to ServiceNow is that everything is in one tool, whereas, with other solutions, you need multiple tools. If you compare that way, then, in the long run, this price is more or less competitive. 

What other advice do I have?

We are managed service providers and resellers of the licenses. On top of that, we provide implementation support and transformation solutions.

For customers considering the solution, the first thing, they need to do is be very sure before implementing ITOM. They need to have a very mature CMDB, as all these modules, whether it is Discovery or Service Mapping or Event Management, all require a very healthy CMDB, with 80% to 85% of maturity. CMDB and CSDM should be added as a prerequisite. If they are, then the implementation of ITOM and the benefit you get from implementing these modules will be quickly realized.

I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten.

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: reseller
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