LMU makes IT social and more approachable, replaces legacy software with ServiceNow SaaS for IT
SAN DIEGO – Aug. 18, 2011 – ServiceNow, the creators of SaaS for IT, today announced it has named Adam Mason, manager of client services at Loyola Marymount University, as the ServiceNow IT Hero of the Month for July 2011. The ServiceNow IT Hero of the Month program recognises the outstanding achievements of the people who transform IT. The LMU IT team was among the first IT organisations in the world to implement and benefit from social IT.
“In the spring of 2010 we started the upgrade process for our legacy IT systems, but pulled the plug when we realised they simply couldn’t meet our needs,” said Adam. “Within a year, we researched other solutions, selected ServiceNow, and have implemented and expanded our use of ServiceNow – all in conceivably less time and at a lower cost than would have been possible by completing legacy upgrades. ServiceNow has delivered benefits we didn’t even know we wanted.”
Over the years, LMU’s IT organisation had accumulated various legacy software systems that ultimately proved difficult to maintain. IT change requests were handled in a tool that did not integrate with the university’s IT service management (ITSM) system and decisions were made in weekly meetings or through email. The ticketing system used previously was only accessible from PCs, excluding one third of the university using Macs.
LMU IT established several goals to direct their search to replace their legacy ITSM systems. They wanted to reduce email, increase collaboration within IT, improve communication of general service announcements, automate notifications for major IT incidents and change events, improve peer support and self help, and create an IT feedback and suggestion forum for university IT users. Adam achieved these goals with ServiceNow SaaS for IT.
Soon after the initial ServiceNow implementation, Adam discovered ServiceNow Live for social IT. Now LMU is using ServiceNow Live, with the rest of the ServiceNow Platform, to replace Yammer and achieve many of their goals for more social and collaborative service management. ServiceNow Live proved to be a valuable real-time collaboration platform during a recent university-wide Apple OS upgrade.
ServiceNow Social IT functionality, including Live and Chat, are automatically available in ServiceNow customer instances as part of the ServiceNow Winter 2011 release.
LMU serves more than 9,000 students throughout its undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and law programs. Adam leads the coordination of information technology services delivered to LMU students and faculty, implementing IT support processes that increase collaboration, communication and approachability of the university’s IT organisation.
To learn more about past ServiceNow IT heroes, or to nominate the next IT hero, please visit www.service-now.com/heroes.do and share your story. ServiceNow will announce a new winner every month. Winners receive one complimentary registration to a Knowledge user conference in addition to a chance to meet with Fred Luddy, ServiceNow founder and chief product officer, and members of the ServiceNow development team.
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