The growth of OBG in recent years has stemmed from its ambitious acquisition of science-led companies. Danny Dunwoody, IT Manager, OBG, oversees group support and operations with a team of five, supporting 300 users across seven UK locations. Recently OBG determined it needed a new service management solution to better support growth and business requirements.
“We were more than impressed with the speed of implementation and the way CTMS managed the project end-to-end, they are clearly expert in their service management field. We logged the time from CTMS’ initial blueprint delivery that detailed our specific requirements to Ivanti Service Manager, to the system being built for Phase One rollout, as being just 4 weeks.”
IT Manager, OGB
“Having used a service desk management tool for several years, we entered this evaluation process with a defined vision,” Dunwoody said. “We wanted the IT group to facilitate business growth, straight off the bat, and to shift from being a reactive helpdesk to a proactive, full-service business enabler— recognized internally and externally and help achieve international accreditations such as ISO 20 000 standard.”
To achieve this, Dunwoody first grew the IT team itself, expanding from three to five people, before starting the search for a supporting service management platform that would support centralized, ITIL-based practices, deemed critical in pharmaceutical division due to the high levels of regulation for processes. Dunwoody also determined it was essential that the selected platform accommodate user growth out-of-the-box, integrate with existing software, increase service levels, and offer automated workflows that were customizable to suit different business areas.
OBG’s research included referencing Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for ITIL-based leaders in the field, together with exploring smaller niche solutions. Ivanti made the final shortlist due to excellent peer reviews and enterprise functionality that could be highly tuned—but with an acceptable price tag.
In turn, Ivanti introduced specialist service delivery partner, CTMS, to deliver initial functionality demos of Ivanti® Service Manager, followed with a proof of concept (POC) that convinced OBG that the platform met existing and future business goals.
Dunwoody recalls, “Given we had been exploring solutions for 24 months and were already experienced using a service management solution that offered limited ITIL capabilities, we were pretty confident that we knew what we were looking for and Ivanti matched our objectives, largely out-of-the-box.”
Phase 1 commenced with the seamless rollout of Service Manager’s Incident Management. Previously, OBG incidents had been hard to manage and classify, with no ability to quickly detail likely causes, types, responsible systems, escalations, and SLA breaches, or to determine prioritization levels. With Incident Management deployed, OBG can now monitor incoming incidents in real time, using analysis to determine which incidents are caused by underlying issues. This gives the relatively small IT team the insight needed to prioritise and fix incidents and issues.
Privately held pharmaceuticals, plastics and industrial additives group
Headquartered in Liverpool, UK, with six other UK locations
Manufacturing and Distribution
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