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2020 Blog, Blog, Feature Blog, Featured

Using ServiceNow, AWS and RLCatalyst to create a 1-Click model


AWS Service Catalog allows organizations to create and manage catalogs of IT services that are approved for use on AWS. These IT services can include everything from virtual machine images, servers, software, and databases to complete multi-tier application architectures. AWS Service Catalog allows you to manage commonly deployed IT services centrally. It helps you achieve consistent governance and meet your compliance requirements while enabling users to implement only the approved IT services they need quickly.


Working closely with AWS and ServiceNow partnership teams, we have created an integrated solution for enterprises to enable Frictionless User Onboarding and Offboarding in these challenging times of COVID-19. The solution brings together the following building blocks.


Automation:


  • Auto-notification from HR systems for new Employee Onboarding or Offboarding or with Self Service Portals
  • Workflow Automation in ServiceNow for user-driven or event generated request handling and auto-workflow trigger
  • Cloud automation with appropriate compliance and policy checks
  • Orchestration dealing with multiple enterprise systems adapters, complex workflows with integrated approval management based on company policies
  • Hyper-Automation using a “Service Bus” Model with BOTs across Cloud and Datacenter workloads of Systems and Apps. These cover End User Computing devices (desktops) & Servers with a combination of Windows and Linux workloads.

Integration Service Bus:


  • Integration with Taleo or Workday HR systems that manage the People Management workflows
  • Integration with Organization Identify and Access Management Tools (Active Directory, SSO, IDAM)
  • Integration with existing ITSM Tools, CMDB/Asset Management and Self Service Portals
  • Integration with Cloud Infrastructure and Hybrid setups with appropriate policy controls with cost & governance management
  • Integration with Automated Vulnerability and Patch management lifecycle for all Dynamic Assets

Intelligent Compliance:


  • Existing SOX processes for assets and resource access controls and compliance.
  • Software Asset Management (SAM) controls as appropriate for the organization (Dynamic Systems and Software CMDB updates).

The following diagram explains the end to end orchestration.



In the sample flow simulated both single-user and bulk user onboarding is supported with an automated multi-stage process that covers Service request creation, AD User provisioning, AWS Workspace provisioning, and notification to end-user post provisioning.


Using RLCatalyst Intelligent automation product the entire solution can be downloaded by customers from a marketplace and enabled in their environments. It is pre-bundled for deployment inside a secure customer environment and includes:


  • A ServiceNow plug-in
  • An RL BOTs server deployment
  • AWS Service Catalog integration and BOTs server deployment inside a secure environment of the customer.

For more information feel free to contact marketing@relevancelab.com


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2020 Blog, Blog, Digital Blog, Featured, RLCatalyst Blog

Does this sound like your new operating guidelines?


Rapid changes are happening in the current situation as companies adapt to the new normal and modify their internal processes, people and technology. It is essential to understand the drivers behind this change, to make a smooth transition.



For a customer to start the journey towards this “Virtual IT” driven Frictionless Enterprise the following approach should help:


Step-1: Do a quick assessment on all internal IT interactions to understand the transition from High-Touch models to Touch-Less modes. Using a web/mobile- based self-service portal with a standard catalog of Asset + Service Requests is a good starting point. The Fulfilment of such requests by Automated BOTs helps improve overal experiense.


Step-2: With the workforce becoming distributed and using all infrastructure and applications remotely requires a solid assessment of Identity & Access Management architecture. There is a fine balance between flexibility and security vulnerability. Also all remote assets need to have a mature Security, Patch Management & Vulnerability management framework. Having a real-time view on access control and security incidents with modern Security Incident management handling SOP is key.


Step-3: Removing dependense of Physical assets and adoption of Virtual assets especially in Cloud can give a quick jump-start. It is critical to have a dynamic Asset Management and CMDB to get a view on real-time hardware & software assets. Automating User Onboarding and Application Provisioning and similarly deboarding are key to respond with agility without compromizing on Governance. The adoption of software driven operations support, virtual assets and proactive SecOps will help deal with the need for speed and security at lower costs.


We are actively changing our internal operations and also helping our customers in faster adoption of the platforms to move towards the same. Our ServiceOne platform, combined with our “touchless” implementation model, helps make this transition in less than four weeks and can jump-start the change. ServiceOne removes friction by adding value to your existing ITSM tool implementation. Or if you don’t have an application, no problem; ServiceOne comes with a de-facto bundled solution for a frictionless, turnkey solution.



There are the immediate benefits to this approach and is powered by the adoption of established Cloud platforms, matured software and stable best practices.



For more information feel free to contact marketing@relevancelab.com

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