- Again, the ability to have all of the information (changes, incidents, problems, etc.) in one place is paramount.
- The built-in ability to run simple reports is quite valuable.
- The ability to interact with Crystal Reports makes BMC Remedy an even more data mining and reporting tool.
- Once users are trained properly, it allows for the quick and easy creation of new issues.
- Sometimes it takes a long time to get reports from the inventories.
- Complicated reports, or those that pull a lot of data, can bog the system down. Some of that is due to proper user training.
- Customizing the application to meet your exact needs can cause it to become difficult to upgrade when future versions are released.
- Applications aligned to ITIL best practices with many of the most common needs covered out of the box.
- Integration between applications (Incident, problem and change management) makes it really easy create the relationships between these entities.
- Using the Action Requests (AR) system the application is highly customizable , assuming an appropriate level of knowledge of developing applications using AR System.
- In Remedy you can do many things but you need to built them first. Many of the Integrations depend on external components and the architecture used to implement the solution.
- The cloud-based solution should be improved to work in the same way as the on-premise solution.
- To accomplish minor changes on the appearance of the forms you need a lot of training.
- I like the auto update, the information in the ticket when we respond to the email looks and feels really good. And there are many different sections like, Incident details, Client details, Status details, Assignment details, date details and so on, which you can go to directly instead of searching within the whole page.
- It is easy to implement our business requirements In BMC Remedy.
- On the integration side, the implementation of the REST api has simplified integration to other systems like Salesforce CRM and Apttus CPQ...
- There is no advanced case management in BMC Remedy IT Service Management Suite, like auto closer and escalation process like we have in Salesforce, which needs to improve.
- BMC Remedy IT Service Management Suite is missing some key features that would make life easier, such as being able to more easily copy tickets and search for tickets.
- Technology is slow.
- Notification of new ticket, group notifications and individual are of great helps to support personnel. Depending on ticket volume notifications need to be tweaked with a simple config change to reduce the amount.
- Ticket visibility/tracking by management/group leads for trending or volume down to groups or individual.
- Ease of modification of any ITSM module on the needs of the company or group or between modules for any functional need.
- Ease of integration with most third party vendors and external databases.
- Ease of creating standalone BMC applications for application need within extremely tight schedules.
- Part of the setup for Asset and CMDB is hard and time-consuming. But, is worth it.
- Most companies do not use the tool correctly as they do not want to go through the steps to set up CMDB, they say it is too hard and takes resources.
- Because of the openness of the system, it allows you to not use the system correctly. Example, many companies I have dealt with only want to use the Asset/CMDB as a placeholder for Assets, sort of like an expensive Excel document. BMC allows this.
- Documenting issues relating to Incident, Work Orders, Changes, Assets is the best.
- Tracking issues and identifying trends based on this tracking is extremely helpful to companies to reduce lost time. Tracking can be across Incidents, Work Orders, Changes, and Assets.
- Capability of access data from other databases and treating that data as local.
- Its adherence to ITIL standards, almost to a fault.
- Ease of customization. If it is desired to veer off the ITIL standards, it is a simple task. This is both a pro and a con.
- Interfacing to third-party applications and the open API is a strong bonus.
- Creating custom standalone applications in the BMC environment is fast and easy. Applications built within BMC be integrated with any BMC ITSM application. Once these applications are built almost anybody can maintain them and make changes to them.
Not so easy if used as first point of entry to incidents from end users, I think usability has to be improved.
Is also good for a development team, as is easy to interact with third party software
- Management of change requests including approvals, scheduling and completing the related tasks
- Ability for users to approve items via email and mobile devices
- Allow users to view data/reports easily
- Expandability is limited and once you make certain customizations the upgrade process can become difficult or impossible
- Relationships between Configuration Items and Changes is clunky and difficult to setup/maintain
- Service Desk functionality is not as robust as other tools and does not allow for easy configurations/customizations
- For service request management, we use the SRM product which gives a common interface for our customers to request services. We are able to easily add the services to the catalog and configure how the created request will be routed to the appropriate group for delivery. This has shown to reduce churn in the request process and reduce cycle time in delivery.
- Incident management has show to be effective at routing cases to the appropriate support group for resolution.
- Change management has proven to provide the mechanism for a change control process for organizing those changes and having affected stakeholders discuss the changes before implementation. This has headed off potential service outages from collisions.
- The quality control on the product from the vendor needs improvement. While upgrading to newer versions (9.1) has provided additional features which have been beneficial, the cycle of product defects uncovered and worked through to resolution has been tiring. Having this product without a good support agreement is not advisable.
- Technology is slow to evolve. The product is just now exposing mobile and REST interfaces, something the market has adopted some time ago.
- User interfaces that do not embrace effective bulk management. Most of the interfaces are driven from a manual perspective. When used in a global company with sites around the world, this becomes burdensome.
We have in one of our companies used SMART IT and MYIT out of the box and it works great so far. We will be looking into Smart Reporting in the next few weeks to see what that can offer.
- Integrate well with other systems
- MYIT is a fantastic new interface for users
- I really enjoy SmartIT as the tool of choice for incident management
- Very robust system
- The ITSM suite has some really poor screens compared to the new SmartIT suite
- Upgrades could be a lot easier I think with a wizard type method used
- .Very customizable
- Based on ITIL so correct processes are there OOTB.
- Easy enough to implement with very little effort.
- Support can be a little slow at times.
- Some errors are very vague.
- Still very clunky look and feel but this is slowly being rectified with SmartIT.
- Visibility of tickets is key. All support staff users can see tickets in consoles they have access to.
- Remedy is a tool which empowers the company to streamline processes and implement a framework, such as ITIL in the case of Remedy.
- Some consoles are not built out as much as others. We do our own development and these bugs are more visible to us.
- Remedy integrates very well with many products so you can have incidents coming from many sources directly into Remedy.
- Service requests are something that Remedy does well. Once setup a user just has to answer some pre-determined questions and a work order/inicident/change request will automatically be created and populated based on the answers provided so business end users do not need a lot of training in order to open requests.
- Incident/problem management is a strong point in the Remedy system. Users can open problems directly from the incident ticket with the click of a button and it allows users to track incidents against problems fairly well.
- Service request creation needs some work. Some areas of service request creation like dealing with complex approvals need to be done better in future versions. Also, dealing with formatting of the service request screen needs to be improved.
- I found that reporting is a little lacking. For example, we have people requesting reports based on the audit log and we seem to be unable to do it as we did in a previous version of Remedy
- We also found that it is not easy to correct things once mistakes have been made. For example, if somebody happens to close an incorrect task there is no easy way to just go and open up the closed task.
- Rigid enforcement of processes rules and the ability to audit and report on them.
- Out of the box alignment with ITIL processes.
- Remedy is easy to customize to meet specific business needs.
- It is much better today, but I still think there is room to improve the upgrade and installation--it just seems to take forever.
- I'd like to see BMC provide more real world configuration out of the box. It is a little overwhelming to someone who is new to the system to have to configure it from scratch.
We currently use it just for our IT for change, incident, work order, problem and asset management. However, we are shortly rolling out MyIT for non-IT users to be onboarded for self service applications.
We are able to use it to tie in with our service vendor for changes and incident management via web and email services.
- Enterprise level configuration and power. Very customizable and adapts very well to changes in our infrastructure.
- Flexible ITIL solution. With the ability to customize rules and configurations, we can make it work well with how we currently implement ITIL in our corporation.
- Self service management. By using Atrium Integrator and Atrium Orchestrator, it can help reduce the amount of workload on the IT Service Desk.
- Custom applications can be made but they require a lot of work to maintain.
- You must take care when adding custom roles to the application. When you install things like Virtual Chat, it has pre-defined role IDs, which if you have inadvertently used, it overwrites your own roles. There is no comprehensive list of used role IDs, so it's "buyer beware" when you use them.
- Best aligned ITIL process - we were able to align our own process without much customization. Tight integration with all modules reduces the data redundancy and duplicate work.
- We can perform any kind of actions and intelligent work to be carried out by the tool such as validation, and enforcing the policies to be followed etc.
- You can develop any application on ARS platform which is an advantage.
- Users should be able to customize their home page as per their need.
- There are so many fields not being utilized properly. We need to understand the tool deeply to explore certain capabilities. Most of the valuable features and how to configure those are not available freely.
- When a customer purchases the application, there is a need for an expert team to come and do the implementation. There should be a possibility for customers to use features like pre-stack implementation with customer data so that it will reduce the implementation time line as well as enable certain features when required.
- Upgrade path should be configured as a wizard where all required steps should be followed with the upgrade utility. Current process is too complex.
We use BMC remedy across the organization. It basically coveres our service management portfolio activities:
- Working with customers and suppliers to reduce unnecessary ticket volumes
- Simplifying and standardizing processes, and rolling out best practices globally
- Streamlined organisation structure and operating model
- Deploying a toolset and supporting inventory that puts our organization ahead of the competition, and provides a faster, more automated journey for customers and radically reducing the cost base
- Can be easily implemented for huge organizations
- Scalability and simplification of processes
- Hassle free usage for end users
- Maintenance and operating costs are less
- Increase the flexibility for integration with external products
- Enhancing the UI
- Simplification of process w.r.t modules like Change and Release management
- Proactively managing service - through incident, problem, capacity, configuration and change management
- Continuously monitoring service - preventing failures and rapidly identifying those that do occur
- Reactively managing customer contact - ensuring resolution of incidents and service requests
- KCI - Keeping our customer fully informed at all times
Remedy ITSM Suite helps us with control. It has out-of-the-box functionalities and processes to aligns us with best practices for incidents, problems and change management. It also allows you to create new workflows, and new applications to match your organization’s procedures and needs.
We use BMC Remedy IT Service Management Suite in two major ways:
- Support our final customer with Remedy
- Internal requests between departments: 1.Our customers enter an online request management page where they select the request type, and the request goes to the defined support group where they review and answer our customer needs. They document this in the same Remedy system to notify the customer. 2. When someone needs helps with computers and systems they open a request.
- ITIL alligned process
- Web based
- Easy to install, easy to confiugre
- High computer resources needed, specially RAM
- Not easy to customize. A simple configuration method to enable a few of new fields would be great.
- There are always bugs, should test a little lot more.
- Easily customizable to meet business needs
- Rock solid reliability and performance
- Streamlines processes and requirements to assure auditing compliance
- Standard ITIL compliant processes out of the box
- Difficult to integrate via web services
- Reporting is weak without the use of third party tools
- Large infrastructure which may be difficult for smaller organizations to maintain
- It's easy to customize the application as per enterprise need. Easy to integrate, and for sure its integration capability will improve with new versions.
- BMC documentation, site and support for various products has improved a lot over a couple of years. This really helps a customer to use most of the ITSM tool.
- We are really impressed with the new Smart IT and My IT tool. And we are planning to move to the new interface very soon. With the introduction of Smart reporting, it should answer most reporting related issues/questions.
- Each and every product has room for improvements as does this tool. I would love to see the possibility to customize the new Smart IT Tool, as there are many things in the new tool which may need to change as per enterprise need.
- I would love to see help contents embedded within the tool for any new user to understand and navigate the tool with ease. Opening the whole help file is good but it will be great if this help is available on Smart IT as well.
- Breadth and depth of features and possibilities within the tool.
- Implementation of best practices that has been gathered by customers over the years, not just plain ITIL.
- Integration possibilities are virtually unlimited.
- Usability of the tool is at first not at an acceptable level. It is not very easy to get used to the tool and its logic, but once you get it, it becomes really useful. SmartIT has made a major leap towards improving that, but we have not yet implemented it.
- After some time of usage, it becomes apparent that some of the features of the tool were acquired from different vendors, or made by different teams, which means that the forms are not 100% consistent across the tool. This is really not an issue, just a minor remark.
- The support of the tool is the real issue. Communication in bad English, bad quality lines, people who just consume your precious time with the same questions all the time (send us the log), but do not provide valuable feedback, it is very hard to reach level 2 or 3 support, which in our case should be the first thing to do since we have already debugged the issue to a great extent - these are just some examples. Look for a local partner's support from the beginning, if possible. Probably a geographically close partner, that you can visit and make some impact on.
- Approvals (Email/Approval Central)
- Change Management Process (Risk Levels, multiple phases)
- Customization Support
- Built in reporting tools (improved significantly with Smart Reporting as compared to BIRT)
- Request Entry Screen (improved significantly with MyIT)
- Install Process (Wish it had 1 unified installer for Core+ITSM)
- A customer calls the service desk with a problem. I immediately use BMC Remedy IT Service Management Suite to open a new ticket. I log the issue that the customer is having and use BMC Remedy IT Service Management Suite to assign the ticket to the appropriate group/specific person in group.
- I use BMC Remedy IT Service Management Suite to monitor tickets as well as updating the status. I can also place notes and attachments in individual tickets.
- Once an issue has been resolved, I use BMC Remedy IT Service Management Suite to close out ticket so it's no longer in my personal queue.
- I used BMC Remedy IT Service Management Suite from when it was software based to the now web based platform. Web based is not very user friendly but with patience, time, and practice anyone can get the hang of it. The web based BMC Remedy IT Service Management Suite has so much functionality I can't really think of anything that needs to be changed off hand.
For an additional fee, detailed review can be found in State of the ITSM Market at: http://www.itsmuniversity.net
Northcraft Analytics is a provider of business intelligence applications for IT Support & Operations built on the Microsoft BI Stack. Advanced Metrics for IT was originally built to address some of the limitations in reporting associated with the BMC Remedy reporting technology. We have since developed into a competitor of BMC Dashboards and Analytics, offering a Hybrid OLAP approach for enterprise IT departments (which we define as > 100 employees in IT).
- Data-Driven Configuration for quick setup of Categories, Support Departments, Locations, Assignment, Templates & more.
- Depth of Functionality across the ITSM Modules to reduce customization for mature IT organizations
- Customization - BMC Remedy AR System is an on-premise Rapid Application Development platform
- Inexpensive New Customer Licensing - When BMC changed pricing for BMC Remedy ITSM (in the blue model shift back in 2008), they became the least expensive ERP4IT style suite.
- Scalability - There are multiple customers running with 1000s of concurrent users on BMC Remedy. The largest commercial deployment has 8,000+ concurrent users.
- Upgrades - Even though BMC Remedy has a horrible reputation, they have changed their architecture in BMC Remedy ITSM 7.6.4 to add "overlays" which is something that none of their competitors have. This allows customized workflows to be seamlessly migrated, albeit with additional configuration required. Still, it should be applauded as an advance.
- Usability - BMC has been addressing usability issues since the release of ITSM 7.0 (a major shift in architecture). Northcraft Analytics measures average handling time for Incidents, which is about 5% higher than ServiceNow on average. That being said, there is more depth in functionality which leads to increased handling with the benefit of better reporting for management. Still, usability is usually mentioned by customers as an issue.
- SaaS Reliability - BMC Remedy on Demand (not built from the ground up for SaaS) has struggled on the IT Operations side. For a native SaaS offering from BMC - Remedyforce is worth a closer look. It's built on the Salesforce.com platform which is truly SaaS.
- Surveys - BMC Remedy ITSM has had basically the same survey functionality since version 4. It's time for an update. Kinetic Survey is a reliable alternative.
- Notification subscription - BMC added email conversation management in BMC Remedy ITSM 8.1, but BMC really needs to give users that ability to subscribe to IT notifications that they would like/prefer not to receive.
- Group by Group Auto-Assignment - Currently BMC offers group assignment OR individual assignment. Automated round-robin individual assignment would be very helpful if it could enabled for certain groups only... rather than all of them. For example, the L1 team could have individual assignments... but not every group.
- Graphical Workflow - BMC's acquisition of Abydos hasn't yet made it into the ITSM product line. This would help BMC compete more favorably with ServiceNow's glide workflow engine.
- Change Management - built in processes align tightly with ITIL while allowing company-level flexibility. For example, while a 'multi-tenant' model is used on a shared Remedy instance, each company can have its own approval requirements.
- Incident Management - Data driven assignment rules working with categorization and location/department information assure the incident is assigned properly with automation.
- Service Level Management - It is easy to create rules via a console that are based on any data in an incident, change, service request, task, etc. You are not limited to a few fields to drive your SLAs or OLAs.
- Smart IT - with the new Smart IT interface the information is brought to the support user vs. having to search for it. Type in a few key words and Smart IT suggests incident templates, service request templates and knowledge solutions to choose from.
- Smart IT needs to continue to mature in order to become "the" tool for all interactions by a support user. There are still some areas where a power user has to revert to the mid-tier tool.
- CMDB is not fully multi-tenant or multi-language utilization in the data that drives it. A product can only be listed in one language and have one categorization. This is an issue if a customer has multi-national locations and employees in each only speak their native language. There is no auto-translation of the categorization of the product in the product catalog. Additionally, some companies want to follow the categorization as found in their discovery tool. Not all discovery tools or manual entries are agreed by all companies. This causes uniqueness issues in a multi-tenant environment.
- Allows us to support multiple clients in a multi-tenant instance.
- Ties together the ITIL process across multiple process areas.
- Robust capability to ingest and configure configuration items in the CMDB.
- Some features like Drift Management were not fully functional as expected.
- The ability to support client specific customizations is limited.
- The upgrade process is complex.
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