Manage your cloud with ServiceNow
The IT challenge
Cloud has been the hottest commodity for the past two decades now, and everyone is embracing the cloud to stay ahead of the competition. Apart from the inherent advantages, the cloud is turning out to be the most economical way to operate your business. In addition to this, there is an ever-increasing arsenal of services to support the cloud initiatives by giants like AWS, Azure, and VMware. All these services are making it easy to use the cloud even for a layman. But this is coming at a price of increasing complexity to manage resources through a common cloud platform to ensure excellence in service.
On the other hand, every cloud provider has its own flow to manage, such as day 1 (deploy and destroy an instance) and day two operations (reconfigure, power-off/power-on an instance) on all resources. In addition, they have to take care of permission levels to access and/or modify instances in order to manage security. Also, dependency, orders, and approvals of the deployment and management of the environment are way too tricky for system admins if we follow each cloud provider's flow separately. In the current scenario, this particular area needs a lot to be addressed in order to improve the quality of service. From the point of accountability, limited visibility in the cloud can lead to a waste of cloud resources and can consume a big chunk of your IT budget. A lot of cloud users have high expectations from their cloud providers when it comes to readiness and responsiveness, which means a “right away” approach for the business that needs quick results. To overcome these challenges IT giants need a platform that can ensure faster turnaround time while continuing the ability to achieve excellence in service.
The ServiceNow solution
ServiceNow provides a solution to this problem with a cloud management platform that can deliver service excellence to your cloud operating model and, at the same time, create an on-demand service environment that optimizes cloud resource utilization that minimizes resource costs. Talking from the technical perspective, it provides a faster and more reliable way to attend service requests, approvals, access specifications, and provision of cloud resources.
ServiceNow provides a platform to manage a multi-cloud environment continuously and to work in an organized and competent way. It also ensures excessive acquiescence and security. ServiceNow has CMP for Amazon Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and VMware environments. And if you are looking for a cloud environment other than these, you can extend ServiceNow features to manage other public and private cloud environments, which provide a common platform for service excellence. Okay, we have had a lot about ‘what’ ServiceNow can do; let’s see ‘how’ you can do it.
ServiceNow allows you to try your hands on all its features without spending a dime with a personal developer instance, where you can run your imaginary horses up to the edges. As these instances have all the features, you can build and extend the apps as well as integrate them. You can try and experiment with the inbuilt technical features. Also, there is a good library written by ServiceNow experts, which comes in handy.
Online training. Yeah! ServiceNow provides online training to newbies who are really eager to learn new things. This is one of the best support features provided by ServiceNow. When I started trying my hands on ServiceNow custom applications, I started right by googling ServiceNow and its solutions. But with the technical library, online training, and the developer community, I was very much able to get along with the custom application development using ServiceNow. And if you are really willing to dive deep into ServiceNow, then you can join ‘Creatorcon at knowledge,’ which includes virtual and local events, including hackathons and sessions from ServiceNow technocrats.
Developer community and learning program
These days, for any platform, product, or technology to be successful, it is very important to have a community of developers that share the enthusiasm. ServiceNow developer community fits this description. My personal experience with the ServiceNow community is really good. I always get quick answers and perfect solutions. In the initial phase, when I was getting accustomed to ServiceNow, most of my questions were not specific. The learning program helped me with the hands-on basics of ServiceNow app development. In the learning program, there is a step-by-step description and demonstration of development features. You get answers to the most basic questions like - what is the studio, how to get started, basics of scripting, CMDB tutorials, etc.
As of now, yes, you won’t find specific solutions outside the ServiceNow community. But looking at the speed with which it is being adopted by developers, you can expect much expanded online support for ServiceNow.
ServiceNow provides a one-stop solution for your cloud environment. It is better to manage multiple things using a centralized service model and ServiceNow is providing just the thing to cloud users. It is easy, flexible, and capable enough to deal with challenges you might face with your cloud. ServiceNow is a milestone in cloud environment setup and makes life easy for end users. It saves your time, efforts, and, most important of all, "the expenses." All in all, it is a great tool and I can say is the ‘future’ of cloud management.