“The platform makes light work of monitoring and managing our 650 business applications, and digital workflows accelerate all our processes so we can make sure the customer and employee experience is not compromised.” says Phillip.
“The biggest waste of time is knowing something is broken, but not knowing what it is. If we lose an app it can mean our engineers don’t know where to go or what to actually do when they get there,” says Philip. “With ServiceNow, we can very quickly identify the issue down to the level of a specific database queue or even a single line of code.”
ServiceNow orchestration and digital workflows bring time and cost savings
Thames Water estimates it is saving between £6 million to £10 million a year as a direct result of adopting ServiceNow across areas spanning virtual machine and platform builds, software asset management, and decommissioning.
The time taken for virtual machine builds has accelerated from 45 days to just three days, and the business can pop up microsites or create and run fully automated scripts to build an entire platform in only three hours.
The previously month-long decommissioning process has been reduced to minutes and digital workflows have reduced software discovery on servers and laptops from two weeks to three minutes.
A modern, seamless employee experience keeps the business moving
Crucially, the operational efficiencies achieved by using the Now Platform have been achieved in tandem with, rather than at the expense of, a far-reaching transformation of the employee experience at Thames Water.
Whereas previously, the Thames Water service helpdesk had often been referred to as the “unhelpful desk” by employees, Philip and his team have dramatically turned around this perception.
“Our IT infrastructure and applications are vital to the productivity of our 6,000 employees, whether they are in the field, liaising with customers in our call centre, or working in the head office,” says Philip. “Our Taps portal, powered by ServiceNow, provides a modern, light-touch way for employees to interact with IT, which is underpinned by powerful digital workflows that mean problems and requests are resolved at pace.”
The full integration of ServiceNow with Microsoft Teams has served to elevate real-time communication between the IT team and Thames Water employees, giving reassurance that major issues are being addressed.
In the event of an outage, the Virtual Agent within ServiceNow sends a message via Microsoft Teams to any employee who might be affected. A banner is also created by the platform to flag that IT is already working to fix the problem. Chatbots can also be launched to give employees an immediate way to find out more information and get updates in real time–with no human intervention required.
ServiceNow provides a foundation for continued innovation and progress at Thames Water
Looking ahead, Thames Water plans more operational and agent intelligence on ServiceNow to continue its programme of enhancements. As Philip explains, “This isn’t about replacing humans, but allowing our employees to do more ‘cool stuff’ by freeing them up to run mini projects that will add value to the business.”
ServiceNow has brought a foundation for continuous innovation and improvement to Thames Water. As Philip highlights, “Everything that happens from a technology standpoint goes through ServiceNow, whether it’s business as usual tasks or key projects. We now have the governance, control, and processes in place to take our ambition to the next level.”