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Main benefits deriving from the adoption of itmSUITE® :
 
Main benefits deriving from the adoption of itmSUITE® :
 
* Concrete help to clearly understand the type and level of service that will satisfy the customer and then organize the delivery of these services optimally
 
* Concrete help to clearly understand the type and level of service that will satisfy the customer and then organize the delivery of these services optimally
* Support for the c.reation and update of a portfolio for transformation initiatives that will maximise the possibility of achieving the strategies.
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* Support for the creation and update of a portfolio for transformation initiatives that will maximise the possibility of achieving the strategies.
 
* Improvement in the capacity to manage risk and therefore a higher probability of achieving desired results within a specified time limit and within budget.
 
* Improvement in the capacity to manage risk and therefore a higher probability of achieving desired results within a specified time limit and within budget.
 
* Improvement in the ability to respond rapidly and efficiently to ''[[Glossary|change]]''.
 
* Improvement in the ability to respond rapidly and efficiently to ''[[Glossary|change]]''.
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===== Financial Management for IT Services =====
 
===== Financial Management for IT Services =====
itmSUITE® offers an effective process for IT Financial Management and aims at making the reliable and efficient management of costs and revenues for both individual and/or aggregate projects and services possible. Projetcs can be manage d in a similar way. The unusual thing about this solution is that it also offers management possibilities for any organisation that has a manageable workflow, for example problem, ''[[Glossary|change]]'', improvement actions etc.
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ItmSUITE® offers an effective process for IT Financial Management and aims at making the reliable and efficient management of costs and revenues for both individual and/or aggregate projects and services possible. Projetcs can be manage d in a similar way. The unusual thing about this solution is that it also offers management possibilities for any organisation that has a manageable workflow, for example problem, ''[[Glossary|change]]'', improvement actions etc.
  
 
itmSUITE® makes it possible to manage budgets, final balance sheets and also forecasts as well as the activities necessary for their definition (for example, the definition of final balance sheets via timesheets, the management of reimbursement expenses and the implementation of of other kinds of costs). This means that there can be flexible management of the different threads of management to adapt to the needs and levels of complexity required.
 
itmSUITE® makes it possible to manage budgets, final balance sheets and also forecasts as well as the activities necessary for their definition (for example, the definition of final balance sheets via timesheets, the management of reimbursement expenses and the implementation of of other kinds of costs). This means that there can be flexible management of the different threads of management to adapt to the needs and levels of complexity required.
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===== Service Portfolio Management =====
 
===== Service Portfolio Management =====
itmSUITE ® effectively supports the Portfolio Management of IT services.
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ItmSUITE ® effectively supports the Portfolio Management of IT services.
  
 
Main features of itmSUITE® useful in this area :
 
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==== Service Design ====
 
==== Service Design ====
itmSUITE® supports this fundamental stage of the IT services lifecycle. Especially, the following processes:
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ItmSUITE® supports this fundamental stage of the IT services lifecycle. Especially, the following processes:
 
* Design Coordination
 
* Design Coordination
 
* Service Catalogue Management
 
* Service Catalogue Management
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===== Availability Management =====
 
===== Availability Management =====
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ItmSUITE®''' '''supports the visualization and comprehension of the end-to-end availability of services starting from that of their components. Monitoring of the availability of the latter is performed by tools that are not part of itmSUITE® but that can be easily integrated.
  
 
Main features of itmSUITE® useful in this area :
 
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===== Design Coordination =====
 
===== Design Coordination =====
itmSUITE® provides full support to this activity and also assures an essential contribution to all automation areas that are strictly correlated, and especially to Project Management . The process of Design Coordination includes both the design activities of services and the design of specific service requests (new or changed). In both cases, itmSUITE® is able to support the coordination action in the best way.
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ItmSUITE® provides full support to this activity and also assures an essential contribution to all automation areas that are strictly correlated, and especially to Project Management . The process of Design Coordination includes both the design activities of services and the design of specific service requests (new or changed). In both cases, itmSUITE® is able to support the coordination action in the best way.
  
 
Main features of itmSUITE® useful in this area :
 
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===== Service Catalogue Management =====
 
===== Service Catalogue Management =====
itmSUITE® fully supports the design and management of the service catalogue , whether the services are of a business or technical nature (in other words those that are not promoted as part of the business but that are necessary for the correct functioning of the other services) in line with IT Service Management best practice. The service catalogue is managed in such a way that it offers support to operational activities that will be presented to the client and also represents the core skeleton of the itmSUITE® as used for IT Service Management.
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ItmSUITE® fully supports the design and management of the service catalogue , whether the services are of a business or technical nature (in other words those that are not promoted as part of the business but that are necessary for the correct functioning of the other services) in line with IT Service Management best practice. The service catalogue is managed in such a way that it offers support to operational activities that will be presented to the client and also represents the core skeleton of the itmSUITE® as used for IT Service Management.
  
 
Main features of itmSUITE® useful in this area :
 
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===== Service Level Management =====
 
===== Service Level Management =====
itmSUITE® fully supports the design and management of service level agreements with customers (Service Level Agreement or SLA), with internal service providers (Operational Level Agreement or OLA) and with suppliers (Underpinning Contract or UC). The information about service levels reached can then be made available to any organisation or on any list and in this way itmSUITE® favours real time alignment of IT with business needs.
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ItmSUITE® fully supports the design and management of service level agreements with customers (Service Level Agreement or SLA), with internal service providers (Operational Level Agreement or OLA) and with suppliers (Underpinning Contract or UC). The information about service levels reached can then be made available to any organisation or on any list and in this way itmSUITE® favours real time alignment of IT with business needs.
  
 
Main features of itmSUITE® useful in this area :
 
Main features of itmSUITE® useful in this area :
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==== Service Transition ====
 
==== Service Transition ====
itmSUITE ® supports the transition stage during the production of new services or ''[[Glossary|changes]]'' being made to existing IT services. Especially, the processes of:
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ItmSUITE ® supports the transition stage during the production of new services or ''[[Glossary|changes]]'' being made to existing IT services. Especially, the processes of:
 
* Transition Planning & Support
 
* Transition Planning & Support
 
* Change Management
 
* Change Management
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===== Transition, Planning & Support =====
 
===== Transition, Planning & Support =====
itmSUITE® provides full support to this activity and also assures an essential contribution to all those automation areas strictly linked to it, and especially to Project Management. The process of Transition Planning & Support includes the activities performed and resources involved in services (new or ''[[Glossary|changes]]'') through all the stages of design up to that of production.
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ItmSUITE® provides full support to this activity and also assures an essential contribution to all those automation areas strictly linked to it, and especially to Project Management. The process of Transition Planning & Support includes the activities performed and resources involved in services (new or ''[[Glossary|changes]]'') through all the stages of design up to that of production.
  
 
Main features of itmSUITE® useful in this area :
 
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Key features

This section illustrates the key functionalities and benefits of itmSUITE®.

IT Service Management

ItmSUITE® supports the adoption of the most successful best practices and standards in IT Service Management (ITIL®, ISO/IEC 20000). It does so first of all by supporting the cross practices (Management Control, Benefits Management, Financial Management, Risk Management, Organisational Governance,Resource Management) and then with its distinctive features (Service Orientation and Roles Readiness,Business Rules Engine, Dashboard and Reporting Engine, Easy Integration, Codeless Customization) but also specifically in the different areas of action of IT Service management (especially in the stages of the management of the service lifecycle and specific processes).

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Main benefits deriving from the adoption of itmSUITE® :

  • Efficient support for the introduction and maturation of best practice for Portfolio, Programme, Project Management and IT Service Management
  • Complete functional cover in continual improvement.
  • Availability of preconfigured processes that will facilitate and speed up the start up stage.
  • Extremely short time and low effort required in the start up stage
  • Effective integration to client needs, without compromises.
  • Reduction in number of tools to be managed and on long term integration maintenance (significant decrease in the Total Cost of Ownership)
  • Autonomy and intuitiveness in the configuration through codeless configuration (which ensures the independence from product specialists and, consequently, speed of adaptation and reduction of Total Cost of Ownership).
  • After-sale support offered by a team of qualified and certified personnel on IT Service Management best practices (e.g. ITIL®)
  • Flexible support service contracts.
  • Turnkey solutions available (training and consulting on best practices provided + software) to guarantee results within a pre-determined time period.
  • Availability of sustainable investment offers (e.g. software license rental or Software as a Service).

Service Strategy

ItmSUITE® supports this fundamental stage of the IT services lifecycle, especially the following processes:

  • Demand Management
  • Financial Management for IT Service
  • Service Portfolio Management

Main features of itmSUITE® useful in this area :

  • Support for the optimal definition of the IT services and projects portfolio.
  • Effective and efficient management of IT services.
  • Budget and economic control of the costs and earnings related to IT services and projects.
  • Management of the risks and benefits related to the implementation of the IT strategy.
  • Planning and control of the resources.

Main benefits deriving from the adoption of itmSUITE® :

  • Concrete help to clearly understand the type and level of service that will satisfy the customer and then organize the delivery of these services optimally
  • Support for the creation and update of a portfolio for transformation initiatives that will maximise the possibility of achieving the strategies.
  • Improvement in the capacity to manage risk and therefore a higher probability of achieving desired results within a specified time limit and within budget.
  • Improvement in the ability to respond rapidly and efficiently to change.
  • Improvement in communication between service clients and suppliers so that both have a clearer vision of what has been requested and how to achieve it.
Demand Management

ItmSUITE® makes it possible to effectively and efficiently support the execution of the Demand Management processes (service requests). This applies to both individual and aggregated requests (planning and evaluation of overall resource requests).

Main features of itmSUITE® useful in this area :

  • Flexible and codeless management of the workflow configuration for the punctual management of requests, without compromises.
  • Multilevel and graphic support for the planning and control of the use of human resources that takes into account all the activities carried out (assistence, projects etc)
  • Real time calculations on whether the SLAs/OLAs have been achieved on time and maximum efficiency in the presentation and communication of results.
  • Extremely flexible and modular 'self service' portal for the management of all requests and notifications.
  • Possibility to define and monitor the performance of KPIs and to configure notifications and automatic actions (eg. request to carry out an activity) with regards to the reaching of benchmark levels.
  • Advanced and personalised reporting of REP module.
  • Ease of integration with external systems dedicated to the management of the acquisition and/or evasion of requests parts of the process.

Main benefits deriving from the adoption of itmSUITE® :

  • Quick, effective and efficient management of requests
  • Improved planning and control of the overall use of human resources.
  • Control over process performance
  • Increase in client satisfaction.
Financial Management for IT Services

ItmSUITE® offers an effective process for IT Financial Management and aims at making the reliable and efficient management of costs and revenues for both individual and/or aggregate projects and services possible. Projetcs can be manage d in a similar way. The unusual thing about this solution is that it also offers management possibilities for any organisation that has a manageable workflow, for example problem, change, improvement actions etc.

itmSUITE® makes it possible to manage budgets, final balance sheets and also forecasts as well as the activities necessary for their definition (for example, the definition of final balance sheets via timesheets, the management of reimbursement expenses and the implementation of of other kinds of costs). This means that there can be flexible management of the different threads of management to adapt to the needs and levels of complexity required.

The solution package is completed by the possibility to define the methods of control for the evolution of expenses with any discrepancies between the control plan and the actual performance highlighted. There is also a complete basic report and the availability of a powerful report engine to create others.

Main features of itmSUITE® useful in this area :

  • Financial management concerning the budget, final balance and forecast for projects, services and processes
  • Possibility to freely define categories of cost
  • Possibility to manage revenues (invoicing available)
  • Management and visibility of costs and/or revenues per service and/or project
  • Possibility to save "snapshots" of economic data (budgets, final balances and forecasts of services and/or projects) and to link them to control milestones that are synchronized for analysis and comparisons
  • Integrated management module of final balance that enables allocation of efforts to services and projects with a clear procedure based on real data
  • Management and visibility of costs even on single processes (eg. change, problem, etc.)
  • Powerful and flexible reporting engine
  • Possibility to define and monitor the patterns of costs and to configure automated notifications and actions (eg. reminder notice) when predefined threshold values are reached

Main benefits deriving from the adoption of itmSUITE® :

  • It permits the estimate and control of operating and investment costs of projects and services
  • It offers the possibility of total transparency of costs for services, projects and their aggregates.
  • It permits the management of revenues and, in the final analysis, reveals the margins of the services and/or projects.
Service Portfolio Management

ItmSUITE ® effectively supports the Portfolio Management of IT services.

Main features of itmSUITE® useful in this area :

  • Possibility to manage one or more portfolios as an aggregation of services
  • Management of the categorization of services based on the classification variables of the portfolio
  • Representation of the composition, structure and status of portfolios based on classification variables

Main benefits deriving from the use of itmSUITE® :

  • Makes it easier to understand the structure of the portfolio of services
  • It simplifies the decision making process with regards to how to structure the portfolio in the future in a way that supports the strategy (effectiveness in the management of portfolios)
  • Makes the maintenance of the structure of portfolios of services easier (effectiveness in the management of portfolios)
  • Makes it easier to understand the status of the portfolio of services (effectiveness in the management of portfolios)
  • Significantly contributes to the realisation of the service provider's strategy

Service Design

ItmSUITE® supports this fundamental stage of the IT services lifecycle. Especially, the following processes:

  • Design Coordination
  • Service Catalogue Management
  • Service Level Management
  • Availability Management

Discover how by looking at the detailed profiles.

Main features of itmSUITE® useful in this area :

  • Management of the design activities for services at all levels of complexity (eg. via projects and change);
  • Management and communication of the catalog of services;
  • Management of the availability of end-to-end services;
  • Definition and control of the performance levels of the external services provided to clients (SLA), inside and outside the organisation to suppliers.

Main benefits deriving from the adoption of the itmSUITE® :

  • Improvement in the ability to accurately predict and manage the costs, timescales and risks associated to the Service Design stage;
  • Contributes to the increase in the number of successful changes;
  • Re-use of the Service Design assets between projects and services;
  • Contributes to the reduction in time expenditure through the planning of the service.
Availability Management

ItmSUITE® supports the visualization and comprehension of the end-to-end availability of services starting from that of their components. Monitoring of the availability of the latter is performed by tools that are not part of itmSUITE® but that can be easily integrated.

Main features of itmSUITE® useful in this area :

  • Configuration Management System (including Configuration Management Data Base, CMDB) that allows visual mapping of the structured relationships between service components;
  • Support for the preparation of impact maps between the components that takes into account redundancies too;
  • Integration, through simple configurations, with external tools that monitor service components;
  • Graphical representation of the end-to-end state of the services with drill-down option on components;
  • Console for visualization of messages of changes of status of components and services with RAG (Red, Amber, Green) alerts;
  • Possibility to trigger processes in response to the reaching of predetermined statuses or conditions of events or services;

Main advantages deriving from the use of itmSUITE® :

  • Immediate detection of the availability of services as single components but, above all, as end-to-end too;
  • Faster response times to issues related to the availability of single component and end-to-end services;
  • Increased efficiency in response to issues on the availability of single component and end-to-end services;
Design Coordination

ItmSUITE® provides full support to this activity and also assures an essential contribution to all automation areas that are strictly correlated, and especially to Project Management . The process of Design Coordination includes both the design activities of services and the design of specific service requests (new or changed). In both cases, itmSUITE® is able to support the coordination action in the best way.

Main features of itmSUITE® useful in this area :

  • Management of all the aspects of the overall activity that applies to the process of design (ex. planning, costs, efforts, quality, issues and risks);
  • Management of all the aspects of activity of design either as single request of a new service or as change to a service (ex. planning, costs, efforts, quality, issues and risks);
  • Integration of the management of design activities with all the other management activities of lifecycle services;
  • Support to the realization and documentation of outputs of service design (ex. modelling from Enterprise Architecture Management standpoint) and supported especially by the CMS module;
  • Easier monitoring of the progress of design processes and design activities.

Main advantages deriving from the use of itmSUITE® :

  • Availability of the results of service design (Service Design Package) with higher forecasting precision of times and costs;
  • Higher accuracy in managing risks connected to design and, therefore, better quality (meeting expected requirements) in design outputs and consequently in the final results;
  • Reduction in variations and related costs not only for design activities but, above all, for the successive stages of the service lifecycle;
  • Increase in the efficiency and effectiveness of the activities of service design;
  • Increase in customers and user satisfaction.
Service Catalogue Management

ItmSUITE® fully supports the design and management of the service catalogue , whether the services are of a business or technical nature (in other words those that are not promoted as part of the business but that are necessary for the correct functioning of the other services) in line with IT Service Management best practice. The service catalogue is managed in such a way that it offers support to operational activities that will be presented to the client and also represents the core skeleton of the itmSUITE® as used for IT Service Management.

Main features of itmSUITE® useful in this area :

  • Support to the design of the architecture of the service catalogue
  • Support to the design of the architecture and content of a single service
  • Publication of the service catalogue with specific views that can be configured
  • Automation of the management of service requests
  • This service is a key element for the management of any kind of IT Service Management process

Main benefits derving from the use of itmSUITE® :

  • All business and IT areas have access to information regarding IT services that is accurate, exhaustive (details and status included) and consistent
  • Effectiveness and efficiency in the management and publication of information regarding the service catalogue
  • Improved security for access to information about the service catalogue
  • Flexibility, effectiveness and efficiency in the management of service requests
Service Level Management

ItmSUITE® fully supports the design and management of service level agreements with customers (Service Level Agreement or SLA), with internal service providers (Operational Level Agreement or OLA) and with suppliers (Underpinning Contract or UC). The information about service levels reached can then be made available to any organisation or on any list and in this way itmSUITE® favours real time alignment of IT with business needs.

Main features of itmSUITE® useful in this area :

  • Management of information regarding SLAs/OLAs/ICs
  • Real-time calculation of SLAs/OLAs/UCs
  • Automated communication and actions in response to the performance of SLAs/OLAs/UCs
  • Reports on progress of SLAs/OLAs/UCs

Main advantages deriving from the use of itmSUITE® :

  • Effective measuring of service levels reached
  • Automation of all the aspects of management of SLAs/OLAs/UCs
  • Faster and more effective action in case of targets not reached
  • Forecasting of possibility that targets may not be met and related corrective action
  • Decision making support and improvement in the alignment between IT actions and business needs
  • Better communication and, in the final analysis, relationships with customers

Service Transition

ItmSUITE ® supports the transition stage during the production of new services or changes being made to existing IT services. Especially, the processes of:

  • Transition Planning & Support
  • Change Management
  • Service Asset & Configuration Management
  • Release & Deployment Management
  • Service Validation & Testing
  • Knowledge Management

Discover how by looking at the detailed profiles.

Main features of itmSUITE® useful in this area :

  • Management of the transition activities of the services at all levels of complexity (eg. through projects or changes);
  • Provides support to the introduction of structured and optimized processes of change management exactly as requested;
  • Configuration Management of both visual and end-to-end IT services;
  • Asset management integrated with Configuration Management and all the other processes;
  • Release & Deployment Management controlled and integrated with Change, Incident and Problem Management;
  • Indexing of all data and information managed regardless of its format (eg. document, record) that makes searches easier;
  • Powerful and flexible reporting engine.

Main benefits deriving from the use of itmSUITE® :

  • Increased accuracy in forecasting and managing costs, time schedules and risks associated with the stage of Service Transition;
  • Higher results in successful implementation of changes;
  • Re-use of the assets of Service Transition between projects and services;
  • Improvement of the efficiency in carrying out the transition of the service from design to production;
  • Contribution in reducing lead times of service transition;
  • Increase in the confidence about the ability of the service to meet requirements, objectives and planned costs;
  • Better control on service assets and configurations.
Transition, Planning & Support

ItmSUITE® provides full support to this activity and also assures an essential contribution to all those automation areas strictly linked to it, and especially to Project Management. The process of Transition Planning & Support includes the activities performed and resources involved in services (new or changes) through all the stages of design up to that of production.

Main features of itmSUITE® useful in this area :

  • Management of all the aspects of the entire activity of transiton (eg. planning, costs, efforts, quality, issues and risks);
  • Visibility and management of the workload of human resources;
  • Integration and management of the activities of transition that encompass all the other activities of management of the lifecycle of the services.

Main advantages from the use of itmSUITE® :

  • Improvement of the effectiveness and efficiency of the transition activities of planning and support;
  • Increase in the ability to support the change (management of a higher number of changes and releases);
  • Improved control of the integrity of the assets during the transition stage of the services and a subsequent reduction in risk and associated negative impact.
Change Management

Change Management was one of the first processes to be supported by itmSUITE ® and as such is now one of the most well established. Aspects of particular interest that make it stand out compared to other solutions on the market are that it offers:

  • support during the impact assessment stage with automated selection of the type of change;
  • simple and easy creation of Change Models that automate specific Change Management processes without compromises;
  • support to the assignment and control of activities and, more generally, of all the aspects of a complex Change Management activity that falls within the ambit of Project Managment (planning, management of costs and risks, etc.)

Main features of itmSUITE® useful in this area :

  • Possibility to configure the automation of processes of Change Management without compromises
  • Specific functions that support best practices inherent to Change Management (ex. Change Assessment, integration and management of economic data related to changes such as budget, final balance and forecast)
  • Availability of pre-configured Change Management process cartridges in line with best practice (ITIL®)
  • Reporting procedures

Main benefits deriving from the adoption of itmSUITE® :

  • Reduction in automation times of Change Management
  • Increase in the ability to design, estimate impact and implement changes that meet requirements at optimized costs
  • A refined approach to meeting regulatory, legal or internal requirements related to Change Management
  • Reduction in the number of unauthorized and/or failed changes
  • Protection of business against unwanted side effects Change Management might cause
  • Overall tracking of changes
  • Improvement in the management of risks
  • Rise in staff productivity thanks to significantly fewer inefficiencies caused by changes and because of greater efficiency in the management of the change itself
  • Reduction in average refresh period needed after service failures so that corrective changes can be implemented more quickly.
Release & Deployment Management

With itmSUITE ® we recognised the the uniqueness and importance of the Release & Deployment Management process long before our competitors and, in fact, we do not consider it as just a variant of Change Management.

It is for this reason that the Release entity is explicitly managed by a specific process and it is possible to correlate it with any other process managed, and via workflows (eg. incident, change, etc.). In this context, then, the possibility to exploit the functionalities of itmSUITE® deriving from the support of Project Management is crucial. Indeed the management of Release & Deployment for major releases requires the ability to plan, coordinate and supervise activities which are inter-linked in order to reach a common goal, just like in a project.

Main features of itmSUITE® useful in this area :

  • Offers support for the automation of the process of Release & Deployment mangement in line with best practice;
  • Specific functions to support Release Management, for example:
    • Automated generation of the number of Releases;
    • Automated generation and update with deployment changes of the Release;
    • Integration and management of economic data related to changes like budget, final balance and forecast;
    • Integration of Release information with all the other information managed by itmSUITE ® (eg. change, incident, project deliverables etc.);
    • Tracking of the activities;
    • Reporting procedures.

Main benefits deriving from the adoption of itmSUITE® :

  • Release of change is quicker, risks are minimized and costs are optimized;
  • Improvement in the ability to explain to users how to use new changes;
  • Contribution in meeting requirements (eg. regulatory or internal);
  • Reduction of the number of non-authorized and/or failed Releases;
  • Protection of the business against unwanted side effects of Releases.
Service Asset & Configuration Management

itmSUITE ® and, especially, the visualCMS ® module was the tool that anticipated market trends and the actual evolution of best practices. The fundamental points to bear in mind to be able to create a successful CMS (including CMDB) in line with best practice are:

  • service orientation;
  • to start top-down and not bottom-up;
  • to begin from the stage of service design;
  • to concentrate on critical services;
  • to keep manual control (tools do not know what is part of a logic service);
  • to facilitate the initial population and/or control and audit of the CMS via automatic discovery of the items of the IT Services.

For many years, the market has been developing tools inspired by an inverted approach, in other words the gathering of CIs (Configuration Items) via discovery and the organisation of the aforementioned in services (bottom -up approach) where the graphic aspect is primarily a marketing front but does not coincide with the usability of the solution.

itmSUITE ® is meant to offer the utmost usability to all those who design top-down service models and, furthermore, to allow the re-use of information gathered with discovery tools; this results in a reduction of management fees and harmony between the actual solution and the original project.

Main features of itmSUITE® useful in this area :

  • Optimal automation of the process of Asset & Configuration Management
  • Possibility to categorize and freely define types and attributes of CIs and their operation
  • Support to the definition of mapping conventions of configurations (ex. aspect of entities, relations, etc.)
  • Native visual modelling that is very user-friendly and with textual features
  • Full integration with the process of Change Management that guarantees complete control over Configuration Items
  • Possibility to configure acquisition and reconciliation of data (entites and relations) from external sources (ex. discovery tools)
  • Possibility to publish all or part of the contents of the CMS (that comprises the CMDB) on portals (ex. SharePoint) and web tools
  • Access and use of information of the CMS with processes that are supported by itmSUITE ®
  • Reporting procedures

Main advantages deriving from the use of itmSUITE® :

  • Staff can easily access and understand the contents and configuration of services
  • Better planning and better forecast of the impacts of changes and releases resulting in a significant reduction of side effects
  • Easier resolution of Incidents resulting in increased capability to meet relevant service levels
  • Compliance with standards and requirements (eg. regulatory) related to documentation, Asset & Configuration Management
  • Tracking of modifications carried out on Configuration Items and related items.
  • Support for calculation of the costs of services
  • Efficiency and effectiveness in the Asset & Configuration Management leading to savings on associated costs
  • Optimisation of the costs related to the activities of population and control/ audit of the CMS thanks to the automatic discovery of the configuration items of the Services.
Knowledge Management

The aim of knowledge management is to enable the sharing of ideas, experiences and information so that the most pertinent and useful ones are available to the right people at the right time. The approach that itmSUITE ® uses to support this aim is based on the following:

  • a search engine that catalogues all the information from documents through to messages and recordings (eg. incident or change) to discussions etc. This makes it possible to understand the context in which the information was generated;
  • a system based on messages that is perfectly integrated with email systems and that is also able to provide contextual communications (eg. a message integrated with an Incident or project activity that can be traced back to the message drawer but also during a consultation about a specific Incident or project activity);
  • support for the management of discussion forums;
  • an information broadcast engine that lets you manage very sophisticated publications in a simple way through the workflow;
  • Integration with social networks and communication sharing systems, and external integrations.

Main characteristics of itmSUITE® useful in this area :

  • Management of contextual documentation (generic deposit and specific contextual archiving in relation to an incident or change etc);
  • Search engine for all the information (documents and system records) with management of personalisable context searches;
  • Internal contextual message system;
  • Gestione forum contestuali;
  • Management of contextual forums;
  • Gestione processi di pubblicazione delle informazioni broadcast e visualizzazione come news a visibilità configurabile;
  • Management of publication processes for information broadcast and visualisation such as news with configurable visibility.

Main benefits deriving from the adoption of itmSUITE® :

  • Data, information and knowledge for people who need it when they need it

Service Operation

itmSUITE® supports the management stage of IT services in production. Especially, the processes of:

  • Incident Management
  • Request Fulfilment
  • Problem Management
  • Event Management
  • Access Management

Discover how by looking at the detailed profiles.

Main features of itmSUITE® useful in this area :

  • Codeless and flexible management of workflow configuration that allows for the automation of the process models without compromises.
  • Real-time calculation of targets met by SLA/OLA and maximum effectiveness in the presentation and communication of results
  • Extremely flexible and modular "self-service" portal for the management of all requests and notices
  • Easy to integrate with external monitoring systems via mail or web services to generate or automatically update its scope (eg.Incident)
  • for the generation or automatic update of entities (ex. Incident)

Main benefits deriving from the adoption of itmSUITE® :

  • Reduction in effort and costs incurred to provide the service
  • Reduction in effort and management costs of inefficiencies, for both the service provider and customer
  • Availability of key data, for example the incidents, input for other processes with the aim of improving and justifying investments
  • Respect of objectives and security policies
  • Faster and standardized access to services
  • Faster response times (eg. to events) and the automation of several activities
Incident Management

You might wonder how itmSUITE ® can stand out from the crowd in a market like Incident Managment that is packed with competitors and tools. The answer lies in the product's configurability which means that Incidents can be assigned to the correct solution group, and its ability to monitor and react to KPIs. Both of these factors make it extremely efficient and a point of reference in its field.

Main features of itmSUITE® useful in this area :

  • Possibility to configure the automation of Incident processes without compromises;
  • Specific functions that are in line with best practice regarding Incident Management (eg. definition of priorities based on some specific information: impact and urgency, routing of the Incident to an automatic solution group based on categorization information, etc.);
  • Real-time visualization of process targets with graphic visualization of status (eg. RAG - Red Amber Green) and escalations managed automatically for better responsiveness;
  • Automation of Incident Management on the basis of external input (eg. events) or due to an event occuring internally on the itmSUITE ® platform (eg. automatic opening or update or closure of an Incident);
  • Availability of preconfigured process cartridges in line with relevant best practices (ITIL®);
  • Reporting.

Main benefits deriving from the adoption of itmSUITE® :

  • Reduction in Incident Management automation times;
  • Reduction in work and therefore costs caused by business or IT staff Incidents;
  • Faster detection and management of Incidents and consequently, a reduction in poor service;
  • Better alignment between the activities of IT staff who work on the management of Incidents with business priorities;
  • Ability to better identify and exploit all possible ways to improve services, for example through integration with other processes such as Problem Management;
  • Helps to conform to regulatory or legal requirements, or internal ones regarding Incident Management.
Request Fulfilment

You might wonder how itmSUITE ® can stand out from the crowd in a market like Request Fulfilment (or request Management) that is packed with competitors and tools. The answer lies in the product's ability to build different request management models rapidly and without compromise, the possibility to access these models in a flexible and truly intuitive way via a user portal as well as its ability to monitor and react to KPIs. All these factors make itmSUITE ®extremely efficient and a point of reference in its field.

Main features of itmSUITE® useful in this area :

  • Possibility to configure the automation of processes of Request Fulfilment with state of the art solutions and in an extremely short time;
  • Specific functions that are in line with best practice regarding Request Fulfilment (routing of request to a support group based on categorization information, etc.);
  • Organisation of very flexible access to requests with the possibility to set up an extremely intuitive portal for users that can be easily, fully or partially, integrated with other portals (eg. company intranet);
  • Real-time visualization of process targets with graphic visualization of status (ex. RAG - Red Amber Green) and escalations managed automatically for a better responsiveness;
  • Automation of Request Management on the basis of external input (eg. events) or due to an event occuring internally on the itmSUITE ® platform;
  • Availability of preconfigured process cartridges in line with relevant best practice (ITIL®);
  • Reporting.

Main benefits deriving from the adoption of itmSUITE® :

  • Reduction in Request Fulfilment automation times;
  • Possibility to provide business with simple and quick access when requesting IT services;
  • Reduction in bureaucracy (including effort) and in lead times in the management of requests (eg. authorizations);
  • Better alignment between the activities of IT staff who work on the management of Requests with business priorities;
  • Ability to better identify and exploit all the possible ways to improve services, for example through integration with other processes such as Problem Management;
  • Helps to conform to internal requirements regarding Request Fulfilment.
Problem Management

itmSUITE ® offers a high level of automation for the Problem Management process. It is in fact this process that benefits the most from the advantages of the workflow engine which makes it possible to have no- compromise configuration in this field as well . The process also benefits greatly from the integrated capabilities of Project Management due to the nature of the necessary activities.

Main features of itmSUITE® useful in this area :

  • Reduction in Problem Management automation times
  • Possibility to configure the automation of Problem processes, without compromises
  • Specific functions that are in line with best practice regarding Problem Management (eg. definition of the priorities of Problems on the basis of impact and urgency, the setting up of working groups with specific responsibilities and visibility for each single Problem, the possibility to integrate and manage financial data regarding Problems such as budget, final balance and forecast, etc.)
  • Real-time visualization of process targets with graphic visualization of status (ex. RAG - Red Amber Green) and escalations managed automatically for a better responsiveness
  • Automation of Problem management on the basis of external input (eg. events) or due to an event occuring internally on the itmSUITE ® platform (eg. automatic opening or update or closure of a Problem)
  • Availability of preconfigured process cartridges in line with relevant best practice (ITIL®)
  • Reporting

Main benefits deriving from the adoption of itmSUITE® :

  • Reduction of automation times of Problem Management
  • Rise in the availability of services due to reduction of number and duration of Incidents
  • Increase in the productivity of IT staff due to reduction of unplanned work caused by Incidents (since less frequent)
  • Reduction of costs caused by the creation of inefficient workarounds
  • Better alignment between the activities of the dedicated IT staff dealing with Problem Management and the business priorities.
  • Ability to better identify and exploit all possible ways to improve services, for example through integration with other processes such as Continual Service Improvement
  • Helps to conform to regulatory or legal requirements, or internal ones regarding Problem Management
Access Management

The functions and benefits of itmSUITE® in this field are the same as those that can be found in Request Fulfilment since Access Management is essentially a subgroup of requests.

Main benefits of itmSUITE® useful in this area :

  • Possibility to configure the automation of processes of Request Fulfilment with state of the art solutions and in an extremely short time;
  • Specific functions that are in line with best practice regarding Request Fulfilment (routing of request to a support group based on categorization information, etc.);
  • Organisation of very flexible access to requests with the possibility to set up an extremely intuitive portal for users that can be easily, fully or partially, integrated with other portals (eg. company intranet);
  • Real-time visualization of process targets with graphic visualization of status (ex. RAG - Red Amber Green) and escalations managed automatically for a better responsiveness;
  • Automation of Access Request Management on the basis of external input (eg. events) or due to an event occuring internally on the itmSUITE ® platform;
  • Availability of preconfigured process cartridges in line with relevant best practice (ITIL®);
  • Reporting.

Main benefits from the adoption of itmSUITE® :

  • Reduction in Access Request automation times;
  • Access to services is monitored to guarantee confidentiality
  • Faster access to services (productivity of business resources is increased);
  • Tracking of assigned access authorization;
  • Possibility to provide businesses with simple and quick access when requesting IT services;
  • Reduction in bureaucracy (including effort) and in lead times in the management of requests (eg. authorizations);
  • Better alignment between the activities of IT staff who work on the management of Requests with business priorities;
  • Ability to better identify and exploit all the possible ways to improve services, for example through integration with other processes such as Change Management;
  • Helps to conform to internal requirements regarding Access Management.
Event Management

itmSUITE® has a module (External Event Manager) that makes the integration with external monitoring systems easier and faster. This means that events intercepted from external systems can be quickly dealt with by itmSUITE® and automatically trigger actions within itmSUITE ® (ex. opening of an Incident, update of a change, etc.)

Main features of itmSUITE® useful in this area :

  • Possibility to rapidly integrate an external monitoring system (through web services or by mail)
  • Possibility to configure any kind of automatic 'codeless' action (eg. opening of an Incident) from within itmSUITE ® , based on external events

Main benefits deriving from the adoption of itmSUITE® :

  • Timely reaction to external events (eg. events where an Incident occurs)
  • Overall cost reduction for managing events (actions are automatically dealt with, and triggered)

Continual Service Improvement

This is itmSUITE ®'s contribution to the continual service improvement stage and it is a highly significant one. In fact, itmSUITE ® supports:

  • the interactive improvement process (seven-step- improvement process);
  • management of the CSI (register of improvements) ;
  • management of the improvement actions in response to the improvements identified;
  • reporting and dashboard on performances at all levels (processes, services, organisational units etc).

Main features of itmSUITE® useful in this area :

  • Reduction in Continual Service automation times
  • Automation of the execution of the seven-step-improvement process cycles, either as a whole or as individual processes or as a service via the workflow engine.
  • Support for the creation and management of improvement plans via the Project Management function (including therefore cost management, risks etc)
  • Automation of the CSI Register, managing improvement opportunities via workflow
  • Automation of the management of improvement actions via workflow, creating links between improvement opportunities and change and incidents or indeed any other element managed by itmSUITE ®
  • Real-time visualization of process targets with graphic visualization of status (ex. RAG - Red Amber Green) and escalations managed automatically for a better responsiveness (for example for the progress monitoring of improvement opportunities or actions)
  • Availability of preconfigured process cartridges in line with relevant best practice (ITIL®)
  • The possibility to create reports and configure dashboards to monitor any efficiency evaluation measurement in relation to improvement actions or plans.

Main benefits deriving from the adoption of itmSUITE® :

  • Progressive or continuous improvement of the service quality
  • IT services always aligned with business needs
  • Progressive or continuous improvement in relation to service management efficiency.

Portfolio, Programme and Project Management

itmSUITE® supports the adoption of the most successful best practices and standards for Portfolio, Programme and Project Management (MoPR, MSPR, PRINCE2R, PMPR, ISO/IEC 21500). This is mainly achieved by supporting cross-practices (Management Control, Benefits Management, Financial Management, Risk Management, Organisational Governance, Resource Management) but also through the use of its distinctive features (Service Orientation and Roles Readiness, Business Rules Engine, Dashboard and Reporting Engine, Easy Integration, Codeless Customization) and more specifically in the different areas of Portfolio, Programme and Project Management as illustrated in the diagram. To find out more about the characteristics and support offered by itmSUITE® Portfolio, Programme and Project Management please select the area that you are interested in on the diagram.

Main benefits deriving from the adoption of itmSUITE® :

  • Solid support for the introduction and evolution of all the best practices in IT Service Portfolio, Programme and project Management;
  • Complete and continuously improving functional coverage;
  • Availability of pre-configured processes that facilitate and speed up the start up stage;
  • Low input in terms of time and effort needed in the start up stage;
  • Effective adaptation, without compromises, to meet all needs (flexibility);
  • Reduction in number of tools that need to be managed and in the number of integration maintenance interventions that need to be carried out over time (significant reduction in the Total Cost of Ownership);
  • Autonomous and intuitive configuration thanks to codeless configuration (independence that ensures independence, done by product specialists and which leads to an increase in the adaptation speed and a significant decrease in the Total Cost of Ownership);
  • After- sales support provided by trained personnel, qualified in the field of IT Service Portfolio, Programme and Project Management (eg. ITIL®, PRINCE2®);
  • Flexible service support contracts;
  • Ready-to-go solutions available (training and consulting provided on best practices + software) for a guaranteed result in a fixed time period;
  • Sustainable investment offers available (e.g. software license rental or Software as a Service).

Portfolio Management

Portfolio Management is one of the areas where investments and improvements in itmSUITE® have been concentrated with the aim of supporting the cycle of definition and the delivery of portfolio investments so that they becomes initiatives that can transform the business of an organisation.

Main features of itmSUITE® useful in this area :

Nowadays, itmSUITE® mainly supports the management activities needed for the delivery of Portfolios, especially:

  • management control;
  • benefits management;
  • financial management;
  • risk management;
  • stakeholder management;
  • organizational governance;
  • resource management.

For further details, please refer to the support of Cross Practices section. The evolution of itmSUITE® focuses primarily on the support for the portfolio definition cycle, especially on the stages of identification, categorisation, definition of the priorities and the choices that the initiatives are part of.

Main benefits deriving from the adoption of itmSUITE® :

  • Optimization of the use of company resources with the aim of meeting strategic objectives
  • Reduction of duplicated or overlapping initiatives
  • More efficient and effective fulfilment of programs and/or projects that make up the portfolio
  • More efficient use of resources
  • Maximization and better-than-expected benefits deriving from portfolio
  • Increased awareness of the aggregate risk related to the realization of portfolios

Programme Management

Programme Management is one of the areas where investments and improvements in itmSUITE® have been concentrated in order to ensure the attainment of company plans.

Main features of itmSUITE® useful in this area :

Above all, itmSUITE® offers full support to the management of projects that are pivotal to the programmes, therefore improving the company's ability to achieve output that is in alignment with business needs. Such output subsequently contributes to the realization of the capabilities and the benefits that on its part the programme has to cultivate. Basically, thanks to the support of cross practices, itmSUITE® makes it possible to implement the principles and aspects of IT governance that are fundamental to the success of a programme:

  • management of benefits;
  • planning and monitoring of the programme;
  • risk management of the programme;
  • "financial" management (budget, final balance, forecast) of the programme;
  • management of changes to the programme;
  • management of "lessons learned".

Main benefits deriving from the adoprion of itmSUITE® :

  • Facilitation in the adoption and maturity of Programme Management best practice;
  • Realization of more effective changes with a reduction in negative impacts on business-as-usual;
  • Improvement in the management of risks with visibility and integration of the different levels (project, programme and portfolio);
  • Better control over changes (activities, clear responsibilities, efficient and structured monitoring of the progress);
  • Optimization of the use of resources (management of budget, final balance and forecast with integrated approach between programme, project management and business-as-usual);
  • Improvement in the management and creation of benefits;
  • Improvement in long-term capability («lessons learned»);
  • Improvement in recipient satisfaction of the programme output.

Project Management

itmSUITE® boasts continually improving advanced solutions for the management of projects that are in line with the most effective best practices in Project Management.

Main features of itmSUITE® useful in this area :

  • Management of "lessons learned"
  • Support for the management of each "stage"
  • Support for management of exceptions
  • Product Based Planning and Activity Based Planning with budget, final balance and forecast management
  • Management of resource planning
  • Risk management
  • Management of project changes
  • Management of "financial" aspects of the project (budget, final balance, forecast)
  • Customization of processes and level of management of the project

Main benefits deriving from the adoption of itmSUITE® :

  • Facilitates the adoption and matuuration of best practices in Project Management
  • It can be used with any kind of project
  • Makes it easy to assign and control project tasks and to control the project overall
  • Optimizes the use of resources and makes it easier to anticipate future problems (especially when itmSUITE is used for all the levels of management for the company transformation, in other words Project, Programme and Portfolio Management and business-as-usual)
  • Improvement in risk management
  • Improvement in controlling changes and, therefore, more flexibility
  • Improvement in efficiency: in other words, the projects generate output that is more in line with the initial needs (for example in terms of cost, quality and delivery times)
  • Increase in end-user satisfaction with the project output
  • Increase in team spirit among members of the project team

Cross Practices

Cross Practices are areas of activity, often processes, that are present in and fundamental to Portfolio, Programme and Project Management but also to IT Governance and IT Service Management.

Let's look in more detail at how itmSUITE® supports these areas.

Management Control

Control of initiatives/processes/performances. This practice is supported by the possibility to automate the lifecycle of controls with the workflow engine, with the possibility to determine KPIs and thresholds of real-time control for processes and instances (using the Objective Calculation Engine) and trigger not only communications, but also actions and workflow. The availability of reporting and dashboard completes the package.

Benefits Management

Planning and attainment of tangible benefits for the business. Despite it's fundamental importance, this activity is often forgotten: everything that is done in an organisation should lead to planned results! ItmSUITE, and psm especially, make it possible to manage benefit files and their lifecycle through workflow. In addition, there also are the capabilities of reporting and the dashboard. This is a fundamental core practice for Portfolio and Programme Management.

Financial Management

Financial planning, costs and revenues (for budget, final balance and forecast). ItmSUITE, especially with psm, fully supports the overall financial management of initiatives (eg. projects, programmes, portfolios), processes or IT services but also single process requests (eg. a change) by managing all kinds of costs (budget, final balance and forecast), so as to ensure their control (through snapshots, reporting and dashboard). To this end, specific tools for the management of timesheets and the management of travel expenses are provided.

Risk Management

Management of risks at all levels (project/service, programme, portfolio, enterprise). itmSUITE supports the management of risks at all levels and supports the principle of escalation. Especially, it automates the management of the lifecycle of issues and risks and lets users visualize the aggregate risk and the map of risks.

Organizational Governance

Transparency on who decides what, when and how. Not only does itmSUITE allows such transparency but it actually guarantees Governance. How? Mainly by making it possible to establish processes, levels and fields of authorizations in workflows.

Resource Management

Planning and management of all the different kinds of resources needed (people, infrastructures, etc.). ItmSUITE is particularly focused on human resources. It actually makes it possible to represent and manage (to plan) the state of engagement on different project activities and Business As Usual at the same time. This is a unique characteristic of our suite that sets us apart from the competition.

Distinctive Features

The Distinctive Features of itmSUITE have a beneficial impact on Cross Practices and on the specific processes supported by best practices.

Roles Ready

The applications of itmSUITE support the typical roles of the practices of IT Service Management (eg. Process Owner, Service Owner) as well as those of portfolio, Programme and Project Management (eg. Project Manager).

Native Service Orientation

The concept of Service is pervasive in all applications. In psm, for example, master data can be easily configured in order to have different visibility and management for each IT Service. In visualCMS, there is a different kind of mapping and structure of the CMDB for each IT Service.

Workflow Engine & Cartridges

It is a powerful workflow engine (that includes a forms designer) that guarantees precise automation of the processes. The engine has such a high level of flexibility that it even allows the automation of process that are outside the primary focus (e.g. processes of management of buying requests or of general services). Workflow cartridges that implement the key processes in best practices supported (eg. Incident Management) are also available.

Reporting Engine

itmSUITE has a powerful open source reporting engine (BIRT) thanks to which reports can be easily prepared and carried out by using all the information gathered.

Dashboard

The KC application of itmSUITE is a dashboard that besides being powerful is also intuitive and easy to configure; that results in overall control on all processes and events.

Codeless Customization

The philosophy and the objective on which itmSUITE is based is that of making it possibile to adjust applications to different contexts without any kind of programming or customizing, but simply by setting parameters using the standard functions of the product. It follows that costs and times for the starting stage are very low and the Total Cost of Ownership is highly competitive.