If you’re considering implementing ServiceNow Problem Management, there are some key steps you need to consider. These steps will help ensure your new solution will be up and running and ready to roll.
Reactive vs proactive
In a nutshell, proactive and reactive problem management are complementary approaches to incident management. Both are designed to help an organization maintain its service integrity.
Reactive problem management is designed to deal with incidents that are recurring. It also aims to eliminate the underlying causes of these problems. This is a time-consuming process. However, it can be beneficial to any department in an organization.
Unlike reactive problem management, proactive problem management is designed to prevent future incidents. To do so, an organization will need to put systems in place to detect and prevent problems. Some of the components of this system include technologies, a knowledge base and team-wide training.
Proactive problem management can be used in a variety of settings, including business and IT. When used correctly, it can reduce the number of incidents a company is faced with. Additionally, it can improve the quality of the work that is done.
Analytics and reporting
Aside from the standard reporting suite, ServiceNow provides analytics and reporting tools that bring the root causes of performance to surface. This is a great way to get value out of your investment in ServiceNow. You can use dashboards to discover trends, identify problem areas, and provide service level management briefings.
The reporting and analytics tools in ServiceNow are a great way to analyze massive amounts of IT performance data. They can help you gain visibility into your customers’ experience, pinpoint trouble areas, and help you develop new targets.
Using Power BI Connect for ServiceNow, you can securely connect your ServiceNow instance to the cloud and get access to your data without any special technical skills. Power BI Connect for ServiceNow also provides limited access to your data, which means that you can safeguard your data from unauthorized access.
Steps to a streamlined implementation
If you’re looking to streamline your ServiceNow implementation, there are a few steps you’ll need to follow. These best practices will help you ensure that the platform enables your business to perform at its highest potential.
First, you’ll need to create a new service process. This will include identifying gaps in your current processes and reworking them to meet your organization’s needs. The goal is to ensure that the new processes can operate seamlessly with the existing ones.
Next, you’ll need to implement a foundational CMDB. This will provide a central location for all your data and will ensure that your processes run correctly.
Next, you’ll need to plan your implementation timeline. This is important to help ensure that all the necessary steps are taken before you launch the platform.
Basic ITIL Problem Management
ITIL problem management is one of the processes within the ITIL service management framework. It aims to manage the life cycle of problems in an organisation. The objectives are to prevent incidents and reduce their impact.
Problem Management is a step beyond Incident Management. This process focuses on identifying underlying causes, finding workarounds and preventing incidents from recurring. These practices help to strengthen Monitoring and Event Management.
The ITIL material has expanded the detail on Problem Management. It has also added more definitions of key terms. In addition, this practice has been divided into three phases: Identifying, analyzing and implementing.
In the initial phase, the corresponding team finds the underlying cause of the problem and proposes a permanent fix for it. The change is then approved and implemented.
Reactive Problem Management vs Incident Management
It is important to differentiate between the two approaches of Problem Management. Both approach aim to achieve the goal of eliminating incidents and improving user satisfaction.
Incident management is focused on restoring the service as quickly as possible. This approach tends to be time consuming and can also be resource consuming.
Proactive problem management is a different approach that focuses on solving problems before an incident occurs. For example, if a network outage happens, it could be due to a configuration error. The solution would involve identifying the configuration error and implementing patches or fixes.
When an Incident occurs, it is usually triggered by a new piece of hardware or software. A Request for Change (RFC) is generally created to document the change.
If an incident has occurred on several occasions, the problem can be analyzed to identify a pattern. Trend analysis, Kepner Tregoe analysis, or even a gut feeling can help you get a better picture of what caused the incident.