In today’s modern IT environment, Enterprise Service Management (ESM) has become a go-to tool for IT leaders who want to increase efficiency and reduce costs organization-wide. But what exactly is ESM? And how can it benefit your organization? Let's take a look at five of the top benefits of ESM.
Before we get to the benefits, let’s define Enterprise Service Management. ESM is a comprehensive approach to the delivery of services that helps enterprises achieve their goals and objectives. It focuses on streamlining service delivery, reducing costs, improving customer satisfaction and helping the enterprise become more agile. It is based on a combination of IT Service Management (ITSM) best practices, such as ITIL, and an advanced set of tools and capabilities to support these activities.
In other words, when you use ITSM processes and tools outside of IT to improve service management and delivery – that’s ESM.
Top 5 ESM Benefits
From managing requests to improving information flow, every department struggles with email inquiries, status spreadsheets and failed attempts at creating order for project and request intake. And with ESM, these requests can come in all shapes and sizes: from benefit changes in HR to work orders in facilities, event support and creative services in marketing, equipment reservations, security passes, parking permits, etc.
With ESM you can take your ITSM tool and tailor portals for each department, automate routing and workflows, and track and report on outcomes. Other befits of an ESM approach for service management and delivery include:
- Improved IT Processes: With ESM, you can improve processes across your IT infrastructure with automation and orchestration capabilities. This will enable you to create efficient workflows and better manage resources while eliminating manual tasks that can be time-consuming and error-prone.
- Increased Visibility into Business Systems: ESM can provide you with greater visibility into your business systems by giving you the ability to monitor the performance of each service in real-time. This will help ensure that services are up and running efficiently at all times, which can lead to improved customer satisfaction and increased business value.
- Improved Collaboration: ESM can also aid in collaboration between multiple stakeholders within an organization. With its ability to monitor and track processes, it can help teams collaborate more efficiently by providing them with real-time updates on the progress of projects or tasks.
- Faster Response Times: When using automation as part of your ESM tool set tasks can be completed more quickly than ever before, resulting in faster response times from your IT team when resolving issues or addressing customer queries. This improved speed of service delivery means fewer delays for customers and a more responsive IT team overall.
- Reduced Risk and Cost: Finally, ESM helps reduce the risk of costly downtime and errors by providing visibility into systems and processes. This helps ensure that services are running optimally, which can lead to cost reductions due to fewer service outages and improved efficiency. And by automating processes with ESM, organizations can reduce resource drain while reducing errors associated with manual tasks—all of which translates into cost savings over time for any organization looking to maximize its ROI on technology investments.
As you can see, Enterprise Service Management offers many benefits for organizations looking to stay ahead in today’s fast-paced digital world—from improved process efficiency to cost savings associated with automation and streamlined access control measures designed to keep data secure yet accessible when necessary. All these factors combine to make ESM an essential tool for IT leaders who are looking for ways to maximize their return on investment on their technological investments while keeping services running smoothly at all times.
Can your organization benefit from an organization-wide approach to service management? Learn more about ITSM, ESM and smart service management in our latest eBook: Smart Service Management – Working Better Together With a Connected Enterprise.
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