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How to Deploy ServiceNow In 4-6 Weeks

Want to know how to implement a service management platform in 4 – 6 weeks? Use ServiceNow and these best practices for a rapid deployment.


While working at a financial company in Australia, I was given a unique opportunity to design and implement new service management processes for the IT department after the sale of a large part of the business.  We were interested in deploying (incident, problem, change, configuration management). I was impressed with ServiceNow and worked with a partner to help design the processes and get educated on the platform.

When I asked the partner how long it would take to deploy, I heard as little as 4 weeks and was blown away. We did it in 6. As many of you know, this is unheard of with more traditional ITSM tools.

How did we do it so fast? We had a situation that may mirror yours:

  •       We didn’t have a large list of specific requirements
  •       We didn’t need to integrate with other systems
  •       We were keen to adopt ITIL
  •       We were in a hurry!

We stuck to these principles to help maintain agility and speed:

  •      Gather requirements in process workshops and be sure to have the decision makers in the room
  •       Use ServiceNow out of the box as much as possible
  •       Make a “Business Service” field mandatory for all tasks. This is critical to long term service improvement
  •       Record “Nice to have requirements” but leave the tricky ones for future improvement. Low priority requirements tend to change as you get to know the platform
  •       Don’t import existing tasks/tickets into ServiceNow, instead run down old task in the old tools, then archive them to read only once all closed
  •       At least get started with the CMDB, the other processes will struggle if you don’t have something
  •       Don’t forget about socializing the tool. Kick off an awareness campaign with posters, emails, and Internet articles to help make users aware of the capabilities and change that is about to happen
  •       Run User Acceptance Testing and user training sessions simultaneously

One of the best things about ServiceNow is the speed it provides (as well as the flexibility). We recommend a rapid deployment to get up and running and then move into a phase 2 to handle complex requirements.

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