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BMC(@BMCSoftware) offers a suite of management tools that provide monitoring, security, automation, and cost control for multi-cloud environments. Specifically, the Helix multi-cloud management platform should be of specific interest for businesses looking to gain advantage with multi-cloud architectures."
With BMC’s Digital Workplace and SmartIT becoming an integral part of many customers Helix Remedy Solution, it’s more important than ever that customers understand these product’s capabilities and the benefits that they can deliver to your business!
Below is a brief overview of each product.
Digital Workplace (DWP) is a self-service application for business users to connect with IT, HR, etc. anywhere, anytime, on any device. Digital Workplace gives employees access to a consumer oriented experience, with one stop shopping for the technology tools they need to work effortlessly.
Digital Workplace is highly configurable. Features available to users in the client applications depend on which functionality is enabled and how Digital Workplace is configured.
Employees can use any supported mobile device or desktop browser for self-service, to enter trouble tickets, and to contact IT.
DWP with example configuration -
With Digital Workplace Advanced, employees can monitor the status of services and schedule appointments to meet with IT. When traveling, users can instantly find important information about their corporate campuses—from directions from the airport to floor maps of company office layouts that provide an easy way to find conference rooms, printers, and other assets in unfamiliar locations—anytime and anywhere. Employees can make requests specific to their personal assets and services. For example, they might request accessories for their laptop. With Digital Workplace Catalogue, service catalogue administrators can design services that are fulfilled by external systems. Services previously made available to employees in separate catalogues can be unified in a single service catalogue.
The Digital Workplace client applications can assist users throughout their day. The client applications show meeting schedules, required services, outstanding requests, and ongoing discussions about the people, places, and resources that the users choose to follow. The social media-like interface helps users to find location maps, reserve meeting rooms, install software, upgrade equipment, and book appointments. Employees can now have an easy way to interact with the corporate IT department from their mobile devices or a browser.
Remedy with Smart IT (Smart IT) is the next-generation BMC Remedy IT Service Management user experience. Basic BMC Remedy ITSM processes—creating tickets, viewing related items such as tickets, assets, or knowledge articles, and updating profile information—are now easier and quicker. The Smart IT user interface reduces the steps involved in performing these tasks. It provides an intuitive, social, and mobile service desk experience that enables a more knowledgeable and collaborative workforce organized around IT roles, not modules.
Smart IT enables you to:
Experience an elegant, friction-free UI designed for specific BMC Remedy ITSM roles.
Access all relevant information in a single window, for a 360-degree view of your customer, service history, and related incidents.
Experience anytime, anywhere access to complete ITSM functionality from the field (mobile-first design).
Share knowledge and collaborate in real time.
Why Smart IT?
Using Smart IT provides several benefits:
Faster and more efficient ticket logging.
View of related knowledge articles from within a ticket, for faster ticket resolution and easier information search.
Collaboration tools to share knowledge within a team.
Single-level categorization selection.
Customization options for adding field to your views.
Single-level editing of a ticket.
Smart IT and Digital Workplace are tightly integrated and together deliver an exceptional user experience to both sides of the service desk.
Digital Workplace is aimed at business users, whereas Smart IT is primarily for support staff.
Digital transformation is a phrase that you may have heard numerous times over the past year and perhaps it has sparked your interest. Do you find yourself asking, “What does this really mean?” If terms like “Monolithic Architecture”, “Microservices” and “Containerization” have your head spinning – don’t worry, you are not alone. Let’s break these concepts down one by one and talk about what they mean for you as a BMC Helix Customer.
Here’s the skinny for you techies:
When you think about Monolithic Architecture, think about a traditional “enterprise application” - you have a database, an application running on a server somewhere, and a client-side user interface (often accessed via a browser). It is a monolith – one large, single pillar or executable. To add functionality to your application, an updated version of the entire application must be deployed on the server. In today’s DevOps world, you can compare this to Stonehenge.
Now enter stage left - Microservices and Containers…
Microservices are easy to explain. They are essentially a subcomponent of that “enterprise application” - think Smart IT, RSSO, Smart Reporting, etc. Containers (a little more complicated), wrap these microservices. You may have heard that Containers are the next evolution of Virtual Machines (VM’s), but the truth is they can (and often do) coexist. Containers decouple the application from the OS and are platform independent. They package independent components of an “enterprise application” and are designed to be lightweight, consuming the OS of their host. They can run anywhere! Multiple containers can be deployed in a single VM, but they can also be deployed directly on the underlying infrastructure.
Now that we have the more technical details out of the way, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOUR BUSINESS?
Containers are agile; they can quickly be deployed. As new functionality becomes available, these innovations can be deployed to your business users rapidly. You can easily adopt new releases and no longer need to set aside valuable resource time for an extended upgrade project.
Containers scale to fit your needs. With the help of tools like Kubernetes, if you need more resources (or less), we can quickly add (or remove) them with no impact to your business.
Containers can be deployed in our BMC Cloud or in public clouds (such as AWS or AZURE) enabling us to offer our service in the cloud of your choice, helping you align your enterprise solutions with your corporate cloud strategy.
Here is the bottom line: MORE agility, MORE scalability and MORE flexibility for what matters most to your business. Sounds pretty transformative to me!
If you’d like more information regarding any of these terms we’ve covered here or what BMC Helix means to you, please reach out your Business Relationship Manager.
BMC Helix is BMC’s new brand end-to-end, multi-cloud SaaS offering that reinvents traditional ITSM by integrating cognitive technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning, by helping companies address the challenge of ITSM in a multi-cloud environment, and by giving customers a new choice to decide in which Cloud the ITSM service is offered.
With BMC Helix, customers can transform every layer of service delivery for end users, agents, and developers, evolving their ITSM service management from reactive to proactive and predictive with the highest level of accuracy and speed.
These core solutions can be expanded by optional add-ons, such as:
BMC Helix Chatbot, integrated with BMC Helix Business Workflows and BMC Helix Digital Workplace, driving an omni-channel experience for end users with support not just for Web, but also for Slackbot, Chatbot, SMS, and Skype.
BMC Helix Cognitive Automation, integrated with BMC Helix Remedy, BMC Helix Innovation Suite, and BMC Helix Business Workflows, allowing solutions to use a Machine Learning service to automatically classify unstructured data within the solutions, helping companies e.g. with auto-categorization of tickets or auto-selection of case templates when creating cases from incoming email.
With the delivery as SaaS model, BMC helps enterprises to effectively run their ITSM solution by reducing time and effort of upgrades, driving operational efficiencies, and scaling elastically.
At the core of BMC Helix are three key attributes, which reflect BMC’s focus and uniqueness:
Cloud to Multi-Cloud: BMC Helix delivers all capabilities as-a-service, helping customers to easily consume and stay current with their ITSM capabilities. On top of that, BMC enables efficient ITSM processes in a multi-cloud, multi-provider IT landscape.
Containers: BMC Helix is a SaaS offering provided in customers’ choice of cloud, including AWS and BMC Cloud. Containers enable BMC to deliver this choice of cloud.
Cognitive: BMC Helix helps enterprises transform from ITSM to Cognitive Service Management with artificial intelligence, machine learning, bots, and virtual agents
1. Upgrades introduce improvements and new features that continually increase your efficiency
At BMC, we work to ensure new version releases features and functionalities reaches to you through an upgrade.
2. Upgrades address/correct bugs encountered in prior versions
We place each new version through a rigorous testing process that includes security, load and benchmark testing. Nevertheless, bugs can and do sometimes get through. Because of our broad customer base and the multiple environments in which they operate, we are made aware of bugs quickly, often we’ll be aware before you encounter them. Using the latest version ensures that you can take advantage of fixes and avoid issues that have already been corrected.
3. Avoid being stuck with obsolete versions
BMC has a five year life cycle with three years of full support per version plus two years of limited support.
By keeping up-to-date in your own time, you are less likely to encounter compatibility issues, better able to deal with new issues, and less likely to find yourself with an obsolete version. Moreover, our support staff who are more familiar with current features and issues, are better able to support in a timely manner.
End of Support version: No new sustaining maintenance releases, enhancements, patches, or hot fixes will be made to a version or release in "End of Version" status. Customer Support will direct customers to upgrade to up a more current version, release or service pack of the product.
4. When is the best time to start planning for an upgrade?
You are able to inquire about upgrading at any point of your support lifecycle. However, if your three years full support is about to end, then this is a good time to contact your BRM to discuss about upgrading to the latest version.
Want to find out when your current version full support ends? Please click on this link:
To be notified once such a date is determined, you can sign up for proactive notifications: 1: Go to http://www.bmc.com/support 2: Click "My Support" 3: Click "Product Alerts (Proactive Notifications)" 4: Sign up for "Product Change Notification" for the specific products for which you wish to receive them.
Answer: In RaaS Remedy Upgrade, there are lots of moving parts and for them to function well during upgrade it is very important that pre-upgrade preparation is done well. Below are the points that should be kept in consideration before opting for an Upgrade.
Your Internal Go-ahead to start with the Remedy Upgrade includes:
• Understanding what has changed in the latest version by going through the release notes.
• Updated UAT test cases covering all business functionality testing should be available.
• Sufficient resources to test the upgraded system.
• Customization/design documents shared by BMC PS or Partner (No RFC).
• Understanding the RaaS Remedy upgrade process through FAQ, DDM, CIA document.
• Going through the (Instructions & Important Points) sheet of Pre-Requisite checklist
• Need Defect IDs for the issues you are expecting to be fixed in Upgraded Remedy Version.
• On-Premise BMC product compatibility with the upgraded version.
• Third Party Application compatibility with the upgraded version.
• Customization alignment ownership if they cannot be reconciled/aligned due to change in the feature.
Bringing you value is a priority for BMC. In order to ensure that our BMC Business Relationship Management Team is concentrating on the right things to bring you the most value from Remedy as a Service, we are distributing a brief survey. The survey asks key questions about your experience today and what you’d like it to be in the future.
We would appreciate it if you’d watch your email in the coming days for a survey entitled “SaaS Quarterly BRM Value Survey” from email@example.com and provide us your totally candid feedback. In order to receive the survey and help ensure we bring the greatest value to your organization, it is important that you have opted in to communications. If you are not sure if you have opted-in, please reach out to your Business Relationship Manager.
We are planning a number of improvements to our working model and your input into that is important to us. This survey, as well as other feedback we’ve received during Service Reviews and other regular interactions, will drive our priorities and help reshape the BRM role to bring you the most value. As part of this process, we want you to know how your feedback will be driving our improvements, so after the survey has concluded we will be sharing both the results and our plans.
If you have any questions about the survey or the survey process, please feel free to post them here or reach out to your Business Relationship Manager. Thanks so much in advance for your participation!
The i.onbmc.com SaaS support portal now allows users to collaborate on requests raised by their peers. Previously only the requester could update the request through i.onbmc.com - now anyone on the team can use the Service Request Report to update any request.
There is also the ability to view, upload and download attachments/files. There is a limitation on the file size and file types. Attachments are limited to 10 MB and the restricted file types include .exe, .com, .php, .asp, .html and .htm. For security reasons, .exe files are not accepted, however if you need to attach one of the other restricted file types, you can add them to a .zip file and they should be accepted.
Please take a look at this 2 minute video that shows the new, more colorful Service Catalog, and how to update requests through the Service Request Report.
To view the video in full screen format, please start the video and press YouTube at the bottom of the video window.