A sparkly new global survey from LOGICnow shows that data-driven automation is imminent among IT service providers.
LOGICnow have recently released the results of a survey into data driven automation in the ITSM community. The results overwhelmingly suggest that data driven automation is becoming an important trend in the ITSM world with over 44% of IT Service Providers & MSPs calling themselves “data driven” and of the 54% of IT service providers that collect and store data on customers’ IT performance, 81% were able to use the data to proactively improve service delivery.
So What Is Data Driven Automation & Why Do We Need It?
Data driven automation is:
- The ability to automatically transform raw data into insights that can be implemented immediately
- Enabling data to automatically trigger corrective actions using analytics beyond simple event/ threshold triggers
So far so Skynet right? The reality is that data driven analytics is becoming more and more prevalent in ITSM as we move from the traditional reactive model to a more proactive stance to improve customer experience. The concept of simply waiting for our customers to ring the Service Desk to report Incidents is becoming less and less useful as we have more sophisticated event monitoring in place to capture alarms, alerts and notifications before they spiral into Incidents that adversely impact our people. It’s not just the Service Desk that are getting more proactive; Problem Management is a key area for getting ahead of the game, from trending to simply going out and asking our support teams and delivery managers what keeps them up at night; proactive activities give you a solid list of potential issues. Extend that out to other processes such as Change Management, Knowledge Management and CSI and you have potentially game changing improvement options.
LOGICnow Research Findings In Their Own Words:
LOGICnow, now a part of the SolarWinds family and still a global market leader in integrated cloud-based IT Service Management (ITSM) solutions, today announced the results of a global research study entitled “The value of data-driven automation to the ITSM community.” The results are based on a survey of over 350 ITSM companies across the US, UK, Europe and Asia Pacific. Results show that the ITSM community is on the cusp of a massive shift towards data-driven automation. This is fueled by the widespread recognition of its importance and commercial potential—and the fear of losing ground to early adopters who are already enjoying measurable commercial benefits.
According to the research, 44 percent of IT service providers and MSPs are already “data-driven” i.e. able to collect, store and act upon performance data drawn from their customers’ IT estates. However, automated processes to produce proactive recommendations and reactions based on this data are currently a step too far for all but eight percent.
The findings also highlight the quantified benefits that those few companies that are using automation are enjoying, including 38 percent seeing client servicing capacity at least double; 72 percent now able to service more complex IT estates; and 21 percent able to identify 100 percent or more ROI from automation.
Key findings from the new LOGICnow research include:
- 54 percent of IT service providers collect and store data on customers’ IT performance, 81 percent of whom are able to use the data to proactively improve service delivery. Yet only eight percent have put in place automated processes for transforming data into actionable recommendations.
- 21 percent of these early adopters have enjoyed 100 percent ROI or more; within two years, those experiencing 100 percent or more ROI is expected to rise to 47 percent.
- Of those who have not yet deployed data-driven automation strategies (the 92 percent majority): Almost 75 percent believe that doing so will enable them to deliver a range of new services, while 49 percent believe that it is a route to offer more sophisticated services and win more business. 85 percent believe it will give them a competitive advantage, and 52 percent actively fear they will lose out to more advanced competition if they do not adopt automation. Six percent believe either late or no adoption will lead to them going out of business within two years.
“The need to collect and query customers’ IT performance data delivers a proven competitive advantage, regardless of the MSP’s size. Armed with this data, IT service providers have the power to investigate trends, pre-empt threats and deliver more thorough and proactive services,” said Alistair Forbes, Managing Director, SolarWinds MSP (former General Manager, LOGICnow). “However, the most powerful benefits of data use stem from automating the actions and recommendations, empowering engineers to escape routine tasks and focus on value-adding services. Every day that service providers spend not doing this enables their competition to surge further ahead. The industry is predicting a major shift: that data-driven automation will be the norm in less than two years. Considering the progress made so far and the benefits already seen, it is hard to disagree.”
The full report, “The value of data-driven automation to the ITSM community,” is available to download here.
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