Just because a solution is deemed ITSM, doesn’t mean that they are an enterprise service management (ESM) solution. Looking into ITSM solutions, you must bring out your inner Jedi and get on a level playing field with business stakeholders to discuss their department’s requirements. In this situation, mind reading might be the optimal super hero skill for you but, unfortunately, you have to figure out what they want to achieve, today. From there it’s time to tackle the external — the solution requirements, where you find out what everyone’s pain points are. This process will leave you with clarity into not only who could benefit from ESM, but what exactly a particular solution can help them gain.
Once you have the internal and external requirements, take that treasure box of information and begin researching viable solutions. Understanding the needs of your enterprise versus just your IT team gives you a different perspective on what to look for in a solution. Pay close attention to whether or not the solution will support your requirements through configuration or code customization. Let’s highlight ten specific areas of SaaS that we believe are important to consider prior to your ESM vendor search:
- Data Retention and Ownership
- Performance and Availability
- Enhancements and Upgrades
- Contractual Flexibility
- Single or Multi-Tenant
Below, we’ve put an ebook together with recommended questions to ask, and answers to be on the lookout for, with SaaS service management vendors regarding each of the areas above. By following this guide, you’ll be on the right path towards finding a world-class SaaS ESM vendor.
About Danielle Livy
Danielle is the Senior Director, Marketing, ITSM at SolarWinds. She has wide-ranging experience in content production, social media marketing, public relations, and brand messaging. Her happy place is sitting by the lake with a cold beverage in hand, with the occasional water ski session.
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