IT process automation might sound a bit like doing something that’s already been done: automating your automated processes.
But with ServiceNow ITSM Pro, such automation is all about using advanced machine learning capabilities to streamline processes and workflows, to make work easier and more fulfilling. And to ultimately ensure happier agents and even happier IT service desk users, at lower cost. Here’s how!
ServiceNow ITSM Pro comes with four predictive intelligence frameworks that, once implemented, will take your ITSM to a next, machine learning environment.
Although it could be argued that it is logical to implement all four frameworks, we see that the overall goals of any client should, in first instance, be leading. For instance, if an organization is looking to significantly cut back the time spent on resolving tickets, it makes sense to ensure maximum automation. This can be done by focusing on the classification and similarity frameworks first.
However, if customer experience is a prime goal, it makes more sense to focus on the classification and regression frameworks. Together these can boost customer satisfaction: their problem is quickly understood and solved. And if not immediately resolved, the customer is informed on the expected time to resolution.
Putting in place predictive intelligence frameworks first will help you make more impact with Virtual Agent, the AI-powered conversational chatbot that makes it easy for users of your service desk to get their issues resolved even faster. This self-service feature uses advanced and intelligent natural language capabilities to understand what is being said.
So, for instance, if a user says: ‘I can’t log into my computer’ the Virtual Agent understands that there possibly is a problem with a password. The bot will ask if the user needs a password reset. Or a user might have a problem with his software. The Virtual Agent will then present a selection of knowledge articles to help the user solve the issue and automatically generate an incident if the problem has not been resolved.
All predictive intelligence—and by extension features like the Virtual Agent—is based on historical incidents and data. Maximizing the power of machine learning to streamline your service desk is therefore inextricably tied up with the quality of your data. Yet, we see organizations struggling with creating true business value after switching to ServiceNow Pro simply because they have omitted to fully check their data quality.
Similarly, we see that many organizations are unaware of the many value-adding features on the ServiceNow platform. We like to make the comparison with e.g. an iPhone, which you’re probably using for some years already. Since its purchase, your iPhone has remained the same in outer appearance only! Its capabilities and features have, in the meantime, grown and improved exponentially. Features, that, for most users, remain undetected and unused.
The same is true for many users of the ServiceNow platform. The time needed to tidy up data and to find out which functionalities best fit IT and business goals requires time and manpower. Something that is often lacking within an IT department.
Adopting predictive intelligence takes your ITSM process maturity to a higher level. But, to fully benefit from such intelligence, it is essential to have your basic data up to scratch and know which Pro features can support and optimize your IT process automation. Partnering with a ServiceNow professional will help you make it possible to finetune these processes to fully match your strategic goals and make it measurable via Performance Analytics.
Such a partner can help you to realize the maximum value of your ITSM license. In this way, at the end of the day, you’ll not only be able to accurately measure to what extent you have succeeded in meeting your KPIs. But it will also enable you to tweak your workflows for further IT process automation optimization where necessary, as an ongoing iterative process.
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