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University of Warwick uses ITSM on the Now Platform
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A modern IT service delivery approach supports educational excellence


System of record provides complete visibility


Request types supported via self-service portal


New services enhance university’s efficiency

The University of Warwick sought to transform IT service delivery by consolidating multiple disparate systems onto the Now Platform. Using ServiceNow, the university drives operational efficiency and student and staff satisfaction with a service delivery platform that underpins more than 40 new services.

The University of Warwick seeks to modernise its IT service desk to deliver better customer service
Warwick, one of the UK’s leading universities, has a reputation for excellence in providing research and learning facilities for 25,000+ students and employs nearly 6,000 academic, research, teaching, professional, and support staff.

The IT department faced a situation where its ageing help desk system could no longer be upgraded or supported. Shane Parsons, Service Management Service Owner at the University of Warwick, explains, “It was clear we had to address a key need to move away from our help desk system. Every time we touched the tool it would break and we no longer had the expertise internally to manage the incumbent system.”

Shane saw the opportunity to completely rethink the service desk and remove the inefficiencies of the existing approach. “The different processes and functions of the service desk all lived in different systems, spreadsheets, documents, or web pages,” Shane says. “Nothing was linked and it meant a lot of manual work. We knew there had to be a better way.”

The University of Warwick IT team set out to find a modern product that could deliver an effective service desk process and streamline the workflows for handling calls, incidents, and problems.

The university starts the service delivery journey with ServiceNow
The priority for the University of Warwick was to give staff and students a modern portal for communicating with IT, without going through the help desk. “Following a competitive tender, ServiceNow was the clear choice, allowing our team to quickly roll out service desk functionality, with the option of expanding the platform to other areas in the future,” says Shane.

Initially, the University of Warwick went live with ServiceNow IT Service Management for incident and problem management, and configuration management to support those processes. The second phase involved the introduction of a customer portal, allowing students and staff to log calls with IT services online, 24/7.

Within two years, the university had also introduced ServiceNow® Change and Release Management, integrating this isolated system onto the Now Platform® and eradicating the existing manual processes that were in place.

As the use of ServiceNow expanded, it became increasingly clear that the platform could support the delivery of an extensive range of services. “The more we used ServiceNow, the more it became obvious that we were only scratching the surface of what the platform can offer,” says Shane.

ServiceNow provides a complete system of record, supporting more than 150 types of requests
Today, ServiceNow underpins the delivery of a comprehensive IT services operation for the University of Warwick. The Now Platform supports 150+ different request types through the customer portal and encompasses service delivery for multiple areas, including telephony and email, hardware and applications, training and e-learning, AV provisioning, printing, storage, and data centre commissioning.

“We had a clear objective to streamline IT services and support by ensuring no one is doing any work outside ServiceNow. We have one platform with a single system of record,” states Shane.

Key initiatives include the commissioning—or decommissioning—of equipment into data centres, where coordination between multiple functions, such as finance, data centre operations, storage management, and installation, is essential to help ensure new equipment is approved, authorised for purchase, and ready for install when IT is on-site.

The process for SSL certificates, where historically renewals were hasty and unplanned, has been transformed. Now, an event is automatically triggered a month before the renewal is due, an instant record created, and the process queued for action.

Students are also experiencing first-hand the power of the Now Platform in multiple ways. For example, a self-service portal for personal IT support allows them to book an engineer, receive advice, or report faulty equipment.

It is also much easier to engage with the IT training programme, as Shane explains: “We have developed a tool to completely automate our training process for students and staff, from booking the training sessions, sending reminders, and promoting those on a waiting list to a session if we receive a cancellation.”

University of Warwick enhances IT services with a benefits-led approach
ServiceNow has facilitated a dramatic change in the way everyone at the University of Warwick interacts with IT services. 

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University of Warwick
University of Warwick
Warwick, United Kingdom

We have a constantly-evolving range of services that can be accessed quickly and easily online and we are delivering a much better experience to staff and students.

Shane Parsons

Service Management Service Owner

Phone calls into the IT help desk have reduced by 35%, as staff and students continue to move to self-service, and satisfaction with IT services is at an all-time high, with a Net Promoter Score of 87.

For the IT services team, the ability of the Now Platform to manage the flow of complex processes has been a notable benefit. “ServiceNow gives us total visibility of where we are at every state of even the most lengthy and complex workflows. We have standardised processes, where every step is automated in a controlled manner, ensuring complete governance and authorisation,” states Shane.

Efficiency has dramatically improved through automation. Incoming requests are validated and routed appropriately through the application of rules, which has reduced handling time from two days to around half an hour–well within the SLA of four hours.

“Because all our services are now integrated onto the same platform, we have a much more holistic view on what IT is involved in from a support perspective and we can capture the true workload,” says Shane.

ServiceNow has an evolving, future-ready partnership with the University of Warwick
More than six years into using ServiceNow, Shane is keen to continue expanding the use of the Now Platform.

“The University of Warwick is a long-time user of ServiceNow and that’s because the platform has constantly evolved alongside our requirements,” says Shane. “I regularly receive requests from teams for different enhancements and new services that we’ve always been able to use ServiceNow to address.”

For Shane, ServiceNow helps to ensure that IT is the fundamental enabler to the efficient operation of the University of Warwick. He adds, “Around 18 months after we first went live, someone said to me ‘what will you do now?’ Six years on and we’ve introduced more than 40 new services to support the running of the university, many of which we hadn’t even thought about. ServiceNow continues to surprise us in its capabilities.”

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