The points below were consolidated so that it can benefit everyone who works on BMC Remedy ITSM.
In the BMC Remedy ITSM applications, the multi-tenancy feature is available for Data segregation based on company. Access to data is controlled by a user’s access to a company.
(reading up a little bit about field 112 would be helpful as-well).
This feature is enabled from Application Administration Console>Custom Configuration>Foundation>Advanced Options>System Configuration Settings-System Settings
2.Restricted and Unrestricted access
This is related to multi-tenancy & for restricting data access of individuals to only companies that are relevant for them.Unrestricted users can access data for all companies based on there application permissions (Say a Global Support Manager).This is configured from People form’s Login/Access Tab.Check “Unrestricted Access” for granting such an access to a user.For restricting access to specific companies, add them into “Access Restrictions” Table
3.ITSM in a DSO environment
ITSM Installer now provides more support for DSO (7.5.xx onwards).Another good thing about the installer is that it is consolidated (ServiceDesk,Change Management & Asset Management) & runs on multiple platforms (InstallAnywhere based).Enable user defined prefix from SYS:System Settings.The 'Custom prefixes' are one of the most important aspects of a DSO enabled environment for ITSM.Update SHR:SchemaNames in the other server for appropriate application prefix (user defined prefix).Update field default for field ID 1 to match the prefix setup in above step.For additional information,refer ITSM-DSO-Enablement.doc
Another common query is regarding the plugins used by ITSM.Below is a list of few important ones
4.1ARDBC Plugin : Provides Overview console functionality, a view of work assigned across multiple applications. Query on the Vendor form triggers the plug-in
4.2Command Automation Interface (CAI) – libcaieventcmd/caiventcmd.dll :Primarily used by Requestor Console ,SRMS,TMS etc. CAI subsystem provides a common infrastructure that can be shared across applications for integration. It is a filter API plug-in
DVF Plug-ins ( These are for data visualization to provide graphical representation of data)
1.Task Viewer – Provides a graphical representation of tasks, task groups and their sequencing
2.Change/Release Calendar – Provides a calendar representation of changes/releases within the Organization.This is very important for scheduling changes /releases. Similar to outlook calendar view
5.Approval mapping & Integration with approval server
in ITSM,there is tight integration with approval server.Applications like change management have this integration because critical changes done to the production infrastructure needs to be following the approval process of the enterprise so that sufficient "what-if" scenarios can be thought about & appropriate sign-offs can be obtained.
Approval Mappings for Change Management Application is done from Application Administration Console>Custom Configuration>Change Management>Approval> Approval Mappings
Approval Process Configuration is done from Application Administration console>Custom Configuration>Foundation>Advanced Options>Approval Process Configuration
The approval processes that are configured can be based on CI (Configuration Item) and IA (Impacted Area)
Approval Rules involved in these processes can be viewed/customized from the form AP:Administration console
Risk assessment within change management helps to achieve greater productivity by combining qualitative and quantitative criteria for assessing the risk level associated with a change.The computed risk value can be selected, based on answers to a series of predefined questions.Derived risk factors are based on the historical performance of different aspects of a change. For all configured derived risks, a cumulative performance rating is stored
The Release manifest defines the content of the Release.The manifest can consist of Activities and/or Change Requests.Manifest is used to provide a consolidated view needed to drive completion of the Changes and the Activities required to Close the Release.
Milestones are used to provide grouping mechanism to identify key points within in the Release process.
Notifications are very important from the application's perspective because they keep key people informed
You can customize an individual’s notification preferences. Notification preferences vary by module
User Level - General preferences - They are configured in Notifications tab in people form
Configurable from the Notification tab of Application Rules
Notifications are Message Tag/Event DrivenYou can customize your own notification messages from the SYS:Notification Messages form. The SYS:Notification Messages form contains the notification text for each event.
Notification Message Tag is used by the notification workflow to identify the specific message to be sent. Each notification event can be associated with several notification messages.
formed on what is going on.
Change Impact Management: Thre are ways of Automated, intelligent and accurate change impact assessment to pro-actively determine impact to Services and mitigate risk of implementing a Change Request .When touching a CI it is difficult to understand the impact of the change: Atrium Impact Simulator -Provides “what if” CI impact analysis for ITSM applications.Higher level of service assurance can be provided before planning or approving changes to the production environment.This will reduce possible change collisions-(using Collision Detection functionality)
10.Integration with external apps – Web service & interface forms
Integration with external apps can be esility done with Web service & interface forms
Web services allow third-party integration tools to create, modify and query requests
They are built on top of Application Interface forms which has the Ability to Create requests, specify templates and associations.We can query and modify relationships and work info entries etc associated with a request
e.g. for a webservice is RMS_ReleaseInterface_Create_WS