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The takeaway

When you treat your ServiceNow upgrade like a project, you have greater visibility, buy‑in, and success. Make sure to use our proven upgrade process as a framework to avoid issues.

Always review skipped changes so you can gain visibility to customizations that can be reverted to the ServiceNow baseline if necessary. And don’t forget that using the latest techniques to review skipped changes dramatically shortens your upgrade project time.

Build and maintain test plans so you can guarantee a high degree of success when you promote changes. Follow the ServiceNow technical best practices to future‑proof your work from upgrade issues down the road.

And remember that, while the Now Platform is highly customizable, any customization comes at the cost of higher maintenance. Keep your instance as close to the out‑of‑the‑box configuration as possible, and use configuration change to reduce implementation, testing, and upgrade costs.

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