ServiceNow Business Continuity Management sets Fairview Health Services up for further success
Fairview Health Services considered building its own DR application on ServiceNow. However, freeing internal resources to do this was an issue. Instead, the organization decided to use ServiceNow Business Continuity Management (BCM) to unify disaster recovery, business continuity, and IT service management into a complete business resiliency solution.
“ServiceNow gave us an enormous head start—at least nine months compared to developing something ourselves,” says Maria. "From the outset, we were impressed with its capabilities, and by the ServiceNow team’s deep disaster recovery knowledge. Since then, adoption across the business has been phenomenal and our close working relationship has ensured the application was configured to meet our exact needs.”
Fairview Health Services also emphasizes the importance of having a cloud- based platform for managing disaster recovery. “If a disaster happens, we need to know that our disaster recovery platform will survive. If the platform is running in our datacenter, it’s vulnerable,” says Maria. “With ServiceNow’s highly available and redundant cloud architecture, we don’t have to worry about that.”
Going forward, Fairview Health Services can build complete DR plans in a fraction of the time—and the plans will be automatically updated when changes are made to the Now Platform. Using ServiceNow, the organization can also exercise these plans and record the results directly in the platform. “ServiceNow BCM will allow us to have complete visibility of the RTO of each of our key applications, and we will be able to easily see the gap between our planned RTOs and what we can actually achieve,” says Maria. “ServiceNow BCM will give us complete visibility and control of our IT disaster recovery processes.”
Fairview Health Services looks beyond IT to strengthen broader business continuity capabilities
In addition, Fairview Health Services is evaluating broader business continuity capabilities. By extending business continuity management beyond IT, the organization sees the potential to automate and strengthen its entire business continuity framework. This will also couple IT disaster recovery and business continuity even more closely—for example, by connecting each application’s RTO directly to the RTOs of the business processes it supports.
Maria is also enthusiastic about using other applications from the ServiceNow Store. “Our experience with ServiceNow BCM has been tremendous,” she says. “And because the application was built on ServiceNow, it received the golden pass—successfully completing a defined set of architecture, integration, security, and performance tests, along with having the capabilities we needed for success.”