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August 2021

Effortlessly connect SCOM to teams and Slack with Connection Center Webinar

See how easy it is to connect SCOM to Teams and Slack with Cookdown Connection Center in this webinar recording originally aired 26-Aug-2021. The Teams and Slack integrations demoed here are part of Cookdown Connection Center, your one-stop-shop for all your integration needs to and from SCOM without writing a line of code. Connection Center lets you raise Alerts in SCOM from anywhere and push alerts to ITSM platforms, notifications tools, and more.

4 Benefits of Integrating Service Desk with Endpoint Management System

A service desk is the focal point of an IT organization to render services, and the quality of its services determines the perception of being a valuable part of the organization. The ongoing transition of businesses to adopt cloud infrastructure has forced IT organizations to modernize their service desks, which include vendors adopting cloud capability and smart automation powered by AI.

The new world of hybrid work in Australia and New Zealand

Nathalie Tousignant, director of ITSM product management, co-wrote this blog. For decades, work was a place we went, where colleagues gathered in person for meetings, problem-solving, and chats over coffee. Then, the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and the way we thought about work changed overnight. Many tried to fit the processes of traditional in-person work into a virtual setting. The result?

ServiceNow partners with Intel, Volteo to provide EaaS, Edge to Service Solutions

Data is at the heart of every business today. But if we don’t understand the data or if the data isn’t accessible, it doesn’t do us much good. More important than the data itself is having the right data in the hands of the right people who can execute at the right time. This need has given rise to edge computing, which helps businesses glean insights from data by processing it as close to the source as possible.

Free ITSM webinar from IT expert Vawns Murphy | ITSM in the next normal

Watch this webinar on how to deliver effective services in the next normal, and learn about: The COVID-19 crisis completely changed our world. From an IT perspective, we’ve all had to change our ways of working, and will continue to evolve as everyone adjusts to the next normal. From a service desk and ITSM perspective, this will mean supporting colleagues in different ways, embracing new technology, and having plans in place for future lockdowns and supply-chain issues.

When it comes to IT asset discovery, a snapshot won't suffice

How clear, complete, and colorful is your IT asset data? Is it like the picture below, where you see only a small portion of the bigger picture to answer important questions about your IT estate? Without color, you’re missing even more context. You need better IT asset discovery. Having a snapshot provides a limited view. It lacks context and is like managing your IT assets in silos. It’s cumbersome, inefficient, and ineffective.

Moving communications service providers beyond traditional telecom

Communications service providers (CSPs) have been at the forefront of the pandemic, helping customers and entire industries make critical transformations almost overnight. When education, healthcare delivery methods, and supply chains were interrupted, CSPs stepped up and provided digital work environments and automations that became lifelines. Now, CSPs are laying the foundation for even more.

Making Your Service Desk the GOAT

Imagine every time you visited the service desk to submit a ticket, you were greeted by the boisterous drums from the medley of the Olympics—you’d feel like a gold medalist! Though a theme song may seem far-fetched, rolling out white glove treatment can elevate the service desk in the eyes of your users. Let’s explore how you can land a 10 out of 10 in service delivery by embracing more user-centric service management strategies.

Australian banking outlook: Compliance culture depends on innovation

Banking institutions are risk engines. Customers know this. Bankers know this. Financial regulators know this. Although no one likes to be turned down for a loan, risk due diligence is actually a good thing. The global financial crisis of 2007-2008 proved that risky practices of the past were not good for the economy, for society, or for confidence in the sector as a whole. The challenge is finding the balance to meet responsible lending criteria while ensuring consistent customer satisfaction.

Transforming Employee Experience with Freshservice Virtual Agent- A Freshworks Story

Employee expectations of the workplace are rapidly evolving, and consumer-like experiences quickly become a benchmark to measure internal support teams. A research report from Harvard Business Review Analytics Services and Freshservice found that 82% of those surveyed say employee happiness is impacted by how well workplace technology performs.

ServiceNow a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for CRM Customer Engagement Center

I’m thrilled to announce that Gartner has named ServiceNow a Leader in its 2021 Magic Quadrant for the CRM Customer Engagement Center for the second year in a row.1 We believe this is external validation of our strategy and vision to improve the end-to-end customer experience through our Customer Service Management solution. Our mission in Customer Workflows is to transform the customer service and support market for the better.

Spend Intelligence: Enjoy the Ride!

Every product is a never-ending journey and Ivanti Neurons for Spend Intelligence is no exception to the rule. From the very beginning, our teams have set out to target core fundamental problems that we hear people in asset management struggling with on a day-to-day basis. To imagine this on more metaphorical level, just think for a moment: you are going on a road trip and your next destination is an amazing seaside resort with fabulous weather with your every want and desire close at hand.

The employee experience should focus on people, not technology

If there’s one thing 2020 taught us, it’s that it’s worth taking time to adapt technology to suit users, not the other way around. Most of us engage with technology every day. We browse, share, and connect. We enjoy a slick user experience as consumers. But we’re often plagued by inefficient technology in the workplace. At telecom provider Telia Company, we pride ourselves on giving customers next-generation services.

New Virtual Agent integration automates time-consuming IT issues

Like much of the workforce, IT help desk teams have spent the past year implementing new tools and processes to adapt to the new world of hybrid work. Many, for example, have turned to virtual agents, AI-powered enterprise chatbot tools that allow employees to quickly resolve common IT issues. Yet, despite the promise of virtual agents, many IT teams still find themselves manually handling everyday incidents. Some of the most common are virtual application and desktop session “resets.”

Migrate Insight Cloud To Insight In Jira Service Management

The integration of Insight for Jira Service Management Cloud brought quite a few changes to the Insight feature set verses those in the standalone Insight app. If you're a current Insight for Cloud app user and you’d like to switch to Insight in Jira Service Management, you'll have to migrate your data from one platform to the other. Follow the steps below in this video to migrate object types, objects, attributes, references, statuses, roles, automations, and asset-type configurations.

Ivanti Named as a Visionary in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Endpoint Management Tools

Have you heard the news? The latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Endpoint Management Tools (UEM) is out, and here at Ivanti we’re thrilled to be recognized in the Visionary quadrant for completeness of vision and ability to execute. We’re especially proud to be positioned as a Visionary as we feel this reflects the forward momentum we bring to the market.

Use AI and Delight your Employees with Freshservice Virtual Agent

Your employees interact with your IT on a number of disparate channels like emails and IT help desk portals. They demand instant resolution to their IT issues and you need a solution that can bring on-demand self-service support in the channels that your employees most use – be it Slack or Microsoft Teams. Watch this video to learn about Freshservice Virtual Agent and how it can empower you to provide a best-in-class digital experience to your employees with an intelligent and predictive conversational AI solution.

Facility Management Software: Everything You Need to Know

In today's increasingly complex work environment, facility managers play an ever-growing role in ensuring that organizations have access to the tools and services that they need to function at their best, especially when it comes to the return to the office. If you've met or spoken to the facility manager at your organization, you may have noticed they're one of the hardest people to get a hold of.

Driving IT operations excellence with continual improvement management

Since the early 2000s, when I was introduced to the Agile Manifesto at a small software company in Ann Arbor, I’ve appreciated how great things can be accomplished through iterative and incremental improvements. A vision of excellence is important, but the path to realization is a disciplined approach: recognizing areas of improvement, making adjustments, measuring, and repeating the process until you’ve reached a stable and acceptable result.

How Sportsbet enhanced data security with automation

At Sportsbet, an Australian online betting company with more than 1.25 million customers, one thing we’re not willing to take a gamble on is customer security. That means having strict identity and access management protocols in place to protect customer data and get better visibility into whom our employees are and what they have access to.

Navigating the new challenges of hybrid work

Work changed in 2020, but not just for the lockdown period—it changed forever. It’s become increasingly clear that we won’t return to the old working model. Workers have become accustomed to the autonomy of a remote environment. The 2021 Employee Experience Imperative found that six in 10 employees prefer some amount of remote work. As vaccine rollouts make office work possible again, employers are realizing hybrid is the future.

Leveraging AI for ITSM and ITOM Success.

In the era of digital workplaces, AI has emerged as a catalyst in enabling simplified, intelligent, and intuitive ITSM and ITOM environments. From increasing workflow automation, reducing IT staff workload to reducing downtime and outages, AI can help accelerate your service delivery and provide meaningful business insight.

Slack + Freshservice projects = contextual collaboration

Covid fundamentally disrupted the modern workplace in a way that no technological innovation ever has. Yet despite the initial acceleration of digital transformation initiatives, we’re still burdened by the legacy of the “old way”— work about work. According to the Anatomy of Work Index, an average employee switches between 10 tools up to 25 times per day. This level of app switching makes it challenging for team members to prioritize and execute work.

ServiceNow to acquire indoor mapping company Mapwize

In the new world of remote and hybrid work, creating great employee experiences is more important than ever. That’s why I’m excited that ServiceNow is acquiring Mapwize, an indoor mapping and wayfinding company based in Lille, France. The future of work is hybrid. As more enterprises implement hybrid work regimes, they’ll need indoor mapping and wayfinding capabilities to help guide current and new employees to their workspaces.

IT Asset Management With Discovery Agents

Managing IT assets can be a challenge if you don’t have a powerful tool to accurately track your IP-connected devices. Whether it’s ensuring all your employees are using the latest operating system software version or quickly attaching a related item to a ticket, with SolarWinds Service Desk, you can keep track of your inventory and budget and ultimately mitigate risk when staying on top of your assets. This short video shows you how to install and use the Solarwinds Discovery Agent and Discovery Scanner.

Do You Know SAM?

Software asset management (SAM) is an important part of your ITSM toolkit. According to an industry-wide report, the SAM market is estimated to expand to USD 3.82 Billion by 2026 at a CAGR of 14%. This number alone underscores its importance to the overall ITSM operations within an organization. Investments in SAM, today will translate to better efficiency and customer satisfaction in the long run.

4 ways to improve financial services experiences

Updated May 5, 2023 In banking, insurance, and wealth management organizations, it’s imperative to enhance customer experience to stay competitive. Although digital transformation has improved the front office and customer engagement, it’s not enough. Financial services organizations also need to provide good employee experience, protect against risks, cut costs, and accelerate innovation. It’s a tall order for any highly regulated organization.

What's Your IT Pro Journey?

Last week, my friend and colleague Leon Adato ( t| b) introduced 2021’s IT Pro Day theme “Bring IT On” and observed an IT pros’ life experiences helped to form the foundation of their skillsets and careers, ultimately preparing them for any challenge thrown their way. Whether it’s a pandemic, natural disaster, or a configuration error that takes down a mission critical server—we know IT pros have it in hand.

Humans Can be Hacked. So Stop Using Passwords, Already!

Humans are the weakest link in the cybersecurity chain. Where have you heard that before? Humans can be hacked! That too? Yes, I am also one of those weak links in the constant battle against malicious cyber criminals and it can be attributed to just being lazy. It’s human nature and we can easily be socially engineered into giving up our precious online user credentials to the bad guys.

Boosting employee productivity on a conglomerate scale

At JG Summit Holdings, one of the biggest conglomerates in the Philippines, we drive business growth with a passionate mindset: “Dream big. Take bold, brave steps. Get it done.” Empowering employee productivity and efficiency has a big impact on the customer experience and, ultimately, on our business.

Teamwork Project Management (Key Statistics)

Teamwork project management is critical to the success of your organization. If you have the right project management tools in place, these will give your team a strategic advantage. A team can only ever be as good as the tools it utilizes. Organizations committed to delivering incredible customer experiences are actively investing in teamwork project management solutions.

Return to Office: the Vital Role of IT

18 months later, organizations around the globe are slowly but surely starting to welcome their employees back to the office – or at least thinking about it. But this is not a “back to normal” kind of thing. Most will recognize that something’s different this time around. Firstly, there is no clear one-size-fits-all return-to-office strategy.

Best Customer Service Software For Your Business

When you have access to the best customer service software, you can enhance the overall customer experience and deliver greater levels of customer satisfaction. Customer service software can help to bridge the gap between customer expectations and your existing workflow. If you’re committed to delivering incredible experiences, you must invest in the right tools. 90% of Americans use customer service as a factor in deciding whether or not to do business with a company.

ServiceNow to acquire Swarm64 to support the world's largest workflows

In just the last two years, ServiceNow has doubled the features and functionalities of the Now Platform to manage larger, more complex workflows for the new world of hybrid work. As demand for digital transformation grows, so do expectations for effectively leveraging data to create highly personalized experiences for customers and employees and to unlock productivity across the enterprise.

Empowering customers and employees through digital experience

The pandemic has made clear that businesses can’t work in silos anymore. That reality extends to customer experience (CX) and employee experience (EX). The path to success is integration between the two to create a total digital experience, because happy employees produce happy customers. “The employee and customer experience are like a mobius strip or infinite loop.

Fighting Ransomware: Using Ivanti's Platform to Build a Resilient Zero Trust Security Defense

Ransomware is a strain of malware that blocks users (or a company) from accessing their personal data or apps on infected iOS, iPadOS, and Android mobile devices, macOS laptops, Windows personal computers and servers, and Linux servers. Then the exploit demands cryptocurrency as payment to unblock the locked or encrypted data and apps. This form of cyber extortion has been increasing in frequency and ferocity over the past several years.

ESM: How we break down silos, boost productivity, and reduce costs

Nick Borgwardt, director of ITx workflows at ServiceNow, co-wrote this blog. How do I reset my password? How do I add someone to a distribution list? How do I request ergonomic home office equipment? At many companies, when employees have questions like these or need help, they face the complexity of threading together siloed processes. Sometimes a task can require getting in touch with multiple departments, creating friction and frustration. Other times, it’s not even clear where to start.

IT Pro Day '21: Bring IT On

IT Pro Day has always been about singing the praises of practitioners across the vast spectrum of tech specialties, from network engineers and systems administrators; to infosec analysts and developers; to storage and virtualization admins; and even to monitoring specialists (whether that’s your whole job or just part of a much longer list of responsibilities). But an important question we should consider is what, exactly, prepared you for this career?

Ivanti Acquisition of RiskSense Provides Greater Protection for the Everywhere Workplace

If you have been watching Ivanti this year, you have seen that we are delivering on our commitment to make the Everywhere Workplaces possible by providing our customers more robust solutions to discover, manage, secure and service their IT assets. We have been doing this organically, we rolled out our Ivanti Neurons hyper-automated platform last July, and we have also added to the platform’s capabilities and value with acquisitions.

Ransomware is on the rise. Here's how Ivanti x RiskSense will solve it.

Ransomware started making more headlines in 2016, but it was treated largely as a nuisance – not a tangible, resource-worthy threat. Fast forward to 2021 and ransomware has graduated to the big leagues, buoyed by a pandemic-fueled, hasty scramble toward decentralized workforces and digital everything. But this rising threat can’t be entirely blamed on the pandemic.

How NZTE streamlined employee experience and boosted satisfaction 53%

A Maori proverb says, “What is the most important thing in the world? It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.” At New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), a government-owned business development agency responsible for supporting exporters from more than 50 countries, we live by that proverb, keeping people at the center of everything we do. Our aim is to promote a productive, sustainable, and inclusive economy in New Zealand and the world.

Auto-Populate Your CMDB With Relevant & Accurate Data. Enable More Automation.

Your configuration management database (CMDB) can be a goldmine of information - but only if it contains the right data. With today's huge volumes of frequently-changing data, discovery and monitoring have become increasingly challenging. Auto-populate and maintain your CMDB with the real-time, contextualized data ScienceLogic captures from your monitored environment. Use the derived insights to drive automation.