Datacom reaps the benefits of automation and flexible ITSM licensing
- Huge cost management benefits with concurrent licensing model
- Secure, codeless development
- Higher standard of customer service
- Automate ticket creation and assignement
With more than 50 years’ experience in technology, Datacom is one of Asia Pacific’s leading IT-based managed service providers with more than 7,500 staff, working in 30 different offices in New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, plus the US and UK. Private and public sector clients choose to partner with Datacom to support both existing IT systems and processes and custom-design brand new ones. The Challenge Datacom went to market to replace their existing CA Technologies IT Service Management (ITSM) solution which was highly customized, aging and no longer fit for market demand. Four vendors were invited to respond to a set of 100 selection criteria, including use cases and user stories. An internal panel reviewed responses and shortlisted Cherwell, ServiceNow and CA Technologies. Nathan Pethybridge, Enterprise Tools Manager Australia at Datacom, was a member of the selection committee.
"We narrowed the shortlist to two and worked with local Australian Cherwell partner Service Quality which was very collaborative in the approach and options presented, striking the right balance between fitting processes to tools and tools to processes. This was in stark contrast to ServiceNow which was inflexible and had a regimented approach," - Nathan Pethybridge, Enterprise Tools Manager Australia, Datacom
Another critical factor for Datacom was Cherwell’s flexible licensing model which stood apart from ServiceNow. With Cherwell, Datacom has a concurrent licensing model that provides a cost-effective alternative to named licensing and users can access multiple portal instances at zero cost. This is a huge benefit in managing costs and means Datacom can be very cost-competitive in delivering services to their own customers. The secure, codeless development provided by Cherwell was another big differentiator.
“Cherwell provided a much more modern and feature rich solution particularly with the integrated Dashboards which delivered extensive functionality so users can search, query, group, sort and filter records and then interact directly with them in the tool,” said Pethybridge.
Cherwell has been in place at Datacom in Australia since 2016 with 300 Datacom customers on the multi-tenanted platform and Datacom has now extended its investment in Cherwell and is working to onboard 200 customers in New Zealand. Expanding the platform Expansion of the Cherwell platform to Datacom New Zealand will consolidate the tools and monitoring platforms across the organization. This means a single dedicated team can support all Datacom customers rather than separate geographies servicing individual Datacom customers. The outcome is a standard product offering rather than bespoke solutions for different customers and an even higher standard of customer service and reduction in the cost of service.
Pethybridge noted the Cherwell platform has also been an asset during recent global challenges, “Cherwell has been a great enabler during the global pandemic with flexibility to deliver new solutions for management of staff and customers and to accommodate the different support models without physical contact. Cherwell has enabled that flexibility as the way businesses operated had to change almost overnight.”
On-going benefit and ROI delivered
The benefits of no-code continue to be realized operationally in development and maintenance with a continuous two-week release cycle for developing, testing and release. Datacom and their implementation partner Service Quality are now building a standard offering to dynamically deliver a personalized portal to each Datacom customer. As the service function moves away from telephone and email-based support the portals will provide a self-service interface for customer interactions.
The ITIL processes built into the Cherwell platform have complemented Datacom’s own ITIL practices so processes are aligned across the business ensuring consistency every time. “Datacom noticed significant time savings and productivity increases from automation, most obvious was the reduction in the number of clicks to action and resolve tickets. Our staff didn’t need to know how the ITIL process worked, the tool itself helped staff to quickly progress and resolve tickets,” said Pethybridge. “For example, to manage traditional inbound emails like infrastructure reports Datacom configured the mail monitors so tickets are automatically created and assigned to the right resolver group and bypass the service desk. Then, based on a unique ID the system will continue to update or resolve the ticket based on the status,” said Pethybridge.
There are typically 500 concurrent users of the ITSM solution across Datacom and Datacom customers and Pethybridge is responsible for overseeing enhancement requests and engaging with different business units to implement these into production. Cherwell CMDB is used as the system of record for quality assurance on tools being used in the environment.
In addition to expanding the Cherwell platform to New Zealand, Datacom is currently working on developing additional automation capabilities to further reduce cost of delivery and continues the partnership with Service Quality as they work closely with the Datacom team and consult on significant platform changes.
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