IT Service Management
Our mission is to support customers in achieving their business goals through effective service and technology management.
Our proven expertise in technology consulting services helps customers reduce costs, leverage industry best-practice and realise the ROI on investment in IT Service Management tools.
We believe that quality can be achieved at a reasonable cost, and that through sensible and pragmatic project and programme management
IT Service Management projects can be delivered on time, with quality and on budget.
We ensure our customers are happy and achieve their business goals, which is why our customers return to us again and again.
As A Service
Alderstone Consulting provided technical project management, data migration consultancy and implementation support on CSC’s large multi-tenant Remedy upgrades...it is my firm belief that they were instrumental to the success of these projects.Jay Kingston, Global Programme Manager, CSC
Data Centre Automation
Increasing business value is now a key aspiration for many IT organisations. Effective IT automation is crucial to realising this goal. In line with BMC’s Automation Passport initiative, which lays out a strategy based on best practice and industry standards, Alderstone can provide expertise in all areas of IT automation.
Provisioning and Configuration
Huge savings in time and money can be achieved by implementing automated full stack installation of Operating Systems onto new physical or virtual machines in both traditional and cloud-based data centres. Following provisioning, automation of configuration management tasks such as running batch jobs, file deployments and software installations complete the full stack provisioning.
Cloud Lifecycle Management
Having spent time sourcing infrastructure from the public cloud, leading to management difficulties around security and compliance, many IT organisations are now looking to provide automated cloud services within their own IT environments. Alderstone consultants work with tools that provide full cloud lifecycle management platforms that automate the rapid provisioning of multi-tier IT services.
Automated Release Management provides IT organisations with the ability to deploy software applications and changes to their environment in a controlled and reliable manner.
Ask us anything about Data Center Automation!
Patching is often seen as an expensive overhead, however, the majority of security breaches are due to known but unpatched vulnerabilities. By automating the patching process the IT organisation can maximise security for minimum cost and effort.
Compliance and Remediation
There are a number of industry compliance standards to which many IT organisations are required to adhere. These include:
- Defence Information Systems Agency (DISSA)
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPPA)
- Payment Card Industry (PCI)
- Data Security Standards (DSS)
- Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX)
- Centre for Internet Security (CIS)
It can be a costly and time consuming exercise to maintain and monitor the data centre against a given compliancy standard, however it is possible to automate the process so that data centre compliance is continuously and automatically maintained. Automation tools can be configured to continually monitor the data centre environment and automatically remediate where required.
BMC Atrium Discovery and Dependency Mapping (ADDM) automatically discovers data centre inventory, configuration, and relationship data, and maps business applications to the IT infrastructure.
Our consultants have successfully architected and deployed ADDM to large multi national companies to provide asset discovery, business application mapping and integration with the CMDB to support Service Impact Modelling
An integral part of BMC’s Automation Passport strategy, BMC Atrium Orchestrator automates common, repeatable tasks to significantly lower the costs of IT delivery and reduce the risk associated with manual interactions.
Our consultants have worked with numerous companies across the globe to deliver successful automation and integration projects into complex business systems.
BMC BladeLogic Server Automation provides automated management, deployment, control, and enforcement of server configuration changes in the data center and in the cloud.
We have extensive experience at all levels of delivering BladeLogic Server Automation, to provide automated provisioning, deployment, patching and compliance within the data centres of large multi-national companies.
We help customers in architecting, developing and managing systems integration solutions for business services and IT Service Management. Our consultants have worked with customers on successful projects implementing robust, high-performant solutions for
- Multi-vendor & system ITIL process integration
- Event Management & notification
- ITSM Foundation and CMDB Data Loading
- Runbook Automation
BMC Remedy ITSM Upgrade Experts
We've been working with Remedy for over twenty years
...take it from us, upgrading BMC Remedy ITSM is difficult!
We've managed, planned and successfully executed every kind of upgrade you can imagine; from on‑premise single‑tenant systems to large, complex, multi‑national, multi‑tenant systems.
Over many years we've developed an approach to upgrading Remedy ITSM which ensures we deliver even the most complex upgrades on-budget, on-time and without disrupting your daily operations.
BMC Remedy ITSM Upgrade Approaches
We have real-world experience with each of the upgrade methodologies which can be used for Remedy ITSM and can advise you on the pros and cons of each, and recommend the best solution for your business.
Upgrade In PlaceThe simplest, but not the easiest, upgrade approach is to apply the ARS and ITSM upgrade packages directly to your Production system.
This approach has the benefit of requiring no additional infrastructure, assuming your current architecture can handle the new version, but is very challenging for medium or large enterprises as it requires a long outage with a risk of complete failure. Everything has to go right first time over the cutover weekend and unexpected errors are common. This approach is typically used only by smaller customers or for very small version changes.
Copy & UpgradeThis is the most common upgrade approach used in the field and involves creating a new parallel architecture using a copy of your existing Production database.
This approach requires new parallel infrastructure but has the benefit of both reduced outage time during the cutover but also allows full testing and validation of the new system prior to go-live, significantly reducing the risk and post-go-live issues. However, upgrading an existing Remedy application, especially with larger data volumes tends to result in unexpected and silent failures. This methodology also carries forwards all customizations in the existing system including those which may negatively impact data integrity or application behavior. Furthermore, as DDM is typically used to synchronize data changes, a long and hard to manage change freeze typically impacts business operations through the upgrade process.
Fresh Install & MigrateThis upgrade approach creates a new parallel Remedy ITSM architecture with a new installation of Remedy ITSM.
This approach the short outage window and reduced risk of the parallel environment benefits of the Copy & Upgrade approach but has additional benefits.
A new installation of Remedy ITSM is much faster to perform than an upgrade of an existing application, and ensures the application is clean and reliable, with very little risk of silent failures during the installation process. Customizations are migrated to the new installation ensuring high quality standards and a known system state with no risk of unknown custiomizations causing data or workflow issues. Data migration is a large component of this upgrade method and is very slow using conventional BMC Remedy migration tools. This has meant that this upgrade approach was not frequently used in the field until Alderstone CMT provided rapid data migration capabilities and made this superior approach viable.
Alderstone are different...in a good way!
Our experience means we'll use what really works rather than just telling you what the manual says ....and, unlike some of our competitors, we value your success more than our revenue.
We think you'll like the Alderstone difference, so please get in touch and find out how we can help you with your next upgrade.
Our Formula For Repeatable Success
- Realistic and proactive project management ensuring a reliable timeline
- Emulation of the cutover process to ensure a smooth go-live
- Managed and tracable testing of the application including customizations, regression testing and external interfaces
- User acceptance testing against an application which undergoes the same process that we use for cutover
- Sign off and acceptance of the delivered application
- Audited and trackable defects and remediation to ensure issue do not reoccur after go-live
- Easy to manage or no change freeze to impact your business
- Careful management and inclusion of key stakeholders