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Tip: How to hide unwanted Saved Searches quickly and effectively

Without fail almost every customer, in every part of the word, UK, EU, Australia, Canada, US is annoyed with the overwhelming number of Saved Searches, especially for the main business objects like Incident, Service Request.

It’s great that the system has so many OOTB saved searches, but what if you don’t use some features, like Chat for example.

How do you quickly and easily hide (not and never remove) saved searches?

First off, unfavorite. Secondly use the Admin console and set the “Hide Expression” to $(GetGlobal(“ChatEnabled”)!=True)

Global Constants are great for hiding / showing items as you need to. After all you don’t want to re-create saved searches or change all of them again if you can just set the Global Constant.

PS: Why use !=True? If you don’t know, then maybe you’d like some one-on-one coaching ūüôā

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Email Listener – Inbox Configuration – Advanced Monitoring

For those long-time HEAT ISM clients and also new Ivanti Neurons for ITSM clients that are using the email listener to create incidents/service requests/events/etc from incoming emails, there is a new email processor available.

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Advanced Monitoring

Simply put advanced monitoring allows you to add some conditions (think filters) and resulting actions based on those conditions.

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Q&A: Separate Ivanti Service Manager (ISM) instance for AP ticketing?

This is a question from a client in Canada.

Q: If needed are we able to create a separate instance for AP Ticketing?

So by “Ticketing” the Service Desk Manager is referring to incident management and service requests that Accounts Payable is currently handling with eMail and want to replace with Ivanti Service Manager which is already used by their IT Service Desk.

Funny enough I had a similar question from a client in the UK that wants to onboard other divisions and groups using email and other systems in Asia.

A. You could but a better way would be to configure your existing tenant (instance) with a new role specific for AP with record level access rights for AP to have access to only their “tickets” and no access to IT and vice versa. You can also customize the Self Service portal with “extended roles” so that Vendors and AP Customers have a Self Service portal separate from the IT Self Service portal.

In other words, if you have a big enough property and house, then why buy another property and house when you can turn your house into a duplex or multi-family dwelling by adding entrances, dividing walls, and restricting access with joining doors and common areas. Think HR, HSE, Supply Chain, Sales, Marketing, etc.

More on this topic here on my podcast:

Question from an ITSM client regarding their Ivanti Service Manager tenant: If needed, are we able to create a separate instance for the AP ticketing?
  1. Q & A. Separate Ivanti Service Manager (ISM) instance for AP?
  2. Do you really need a Project Manager for your Ivanti Neurons for ITSM/ITAM Implementation?
  3. What makes a great Ivanti HEAT Neurons Administrator/Developer/Consultant?
  4. Ivanti Developer or Consultant?
  5. Is Ivanti a Professional Services Provider?
Ivanti 2022.2 What's New Release Service Manager Neurons for ITSM ITAM Asset Manager UK EU Australia Canada Latest Solutions

What’s new in 2022.2 for Ivanti Neurons for ITSM/ITAM

  • Low Code – No Code (Codeless Configuration)
    • Stored Expressions
    • User Specific Stored Values (Beta)
    • Variables (Beta)
  • UI Enhancements
    • Flex Control: New URL
    • Attachment Viewer (for most file types)
    • Attachment Size Limits Global Constant
    • Request Offering List Control Enhancement:  Select All Option
    • System Level Global Constants Names/Data Types are now read-only
    • User friendly error messages for Service Requests
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Ivanti Project Manager Management Neurons ITSM ITAM HEAT Service Manager UK EU Australia APAC Singapore

Do you really need a Project Manager for your Ivanti Neurons for ITSM/ITAM Implementation?

Short Answer is NO, you don’t need a project manager. In fact, one of the most common mistakes made by companies implementing Ivanti Neurons for ITSM/ITAM aka Ivanti Service Manager (HEAT) is to assign a Project Manager.

Don’t get me wrong, there are many great project managers out there and there is a need to project manage many hardware type of implementations and large scale software development projects. For Ivanti HEAT Neurons ITSM however, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is assigning a Project Manager.

Do you really need a Project Manager for your Ivanti Neurons for ITSM/ITAM Implementation? Independent ITSM Podcast covering Ivanti Service Manager ISM HEAT Latest Solutions & Best Practices

Short Answer is NO, you don't need a project manager. In fact, one of the most common mistakes made by companies implementing Ivanti Neurons for ITSM/ITAM aka Ivanti Service Manager (HEAT) is to assign a Project Manager. https://ivantiservicemanagerconsultant.wordpress.com/?p=2425 Don't get me wrong, there are many great project managers out there and there is a need for project manage for many hardware type of implementations and large scale software development.  For Ivanti HEAT Neurons ITSM however, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is assigning a Project Manager. From 26+ years Ivanti HEAT ITSM Implementation experience and 100+ Ivanti HEAT Neurons implementations globally for Fortune 500 and Global 500 companies in the UK, EU, Australia, New Zealand, APAC, Asia, Canada, and the USA, I can tell you without a doubt that less is more, and 99% of the time, project managers are not needed and typically get in the way of getting things done.

Why are Project Managers NOT needed? Ivanti Projects require subject matter experts with years of Ivanti experience and competence. We’re talking Ivanti Service Manager, HEAT ITSM, not Project Management. We’re talking the kind of skills & competence a seasoned Ivanti HEAT Developer and Consultant has with at least 15 years Ivanti Implementation, Consulting & Development experience and at least 50 Ivanti Implementations as a lead, not a project manager, not assisting. It’s not unlike seeking medical advice from a professional. If you go to your local doctor, they’ll want to do tests or prescribe medication. If you go to a surgeon, they’ll want to cut you open. In other words, people tend to stick to what they know, what they were taught. Project Managers by nature are all about Scheduling, Status Calls, Status Updates, Targets, etc. Ivanti Architects/Consultants/Developers/Freelancers should be about results and getting things done. Without any red tape, back-seat drivers, or micro (project) managers. Lets face it, when you go to your doctor, there is no project manager needed either. Why? Because when you’re dealing with a professional, they don’t need baby-sitting. Sounds blunt? Well it is what it is. There are far too many projects that take 2 to 3 times as long due to the project management overhead that wants to talk about what’s being done without really helping the effort.

Project Managers are NOT subject matter experts

This is the biggest problem is that project managers want to act like subject matter experts when they simply are not. The old saying, a little bit of knowledge can be dangerous, is so true here. Especially when things get technical. Project managers have a tendency to want to make decisions or answer subject matter related questions. It’s not unlike going to the doctors office and the receptionist who manages bookings wants to give you medical advice… RUN!

When do you need a project manager? The only time you arguably could benefit from a project manager is when there are tasks that are outside of the technical scope of the Ivanti HEAT Neurons Implementation. Such as communications, end-user training, scheduling of resources, deciding on org structure and ticket routing/business processes, SOPs. And even that is better taken care of by the decision maker, which typically is the Service Desk Manager or IT Department Manager.

What if you have a large Ivanti Development Team? Arguably this could be an exception as well. If there are more than 5 Ivanti Developers or you are managing multiple Global Production Tenants, then there will be a need to coordinate & plan. But the better question would be..

  1. Why is there such a large team in the first place?
    Most truly senior Ivanti Developers/Consultants/Architects can do the work of 5 junior developers.
  2. Why doesn’t the most senior Ivanti Architect take charge and manage the project?
  3. Why doesn’t the project owner, service desk manager, or IT Department manager oversee the project instead?
  4. If you’re working with a business partner or Ivanti, why isn’t the assigned consultant senior enough to manage the big picture?

From 26+ years Ivanti HEAT ITSM Implementation experience and 100+ Ivanti HEAT Neurons implementations globally for Fortune 500 and Global 500 companies in the UK, EU, Australia, New Zealand, APAC, Asia, Canada, and the USA, I can tell you without a doubt that less is more, and 99% of the time, project managers are not needed and typically get in the way of getting things done.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions, including project managers with 10 years experience wanting to learn more about Ivanti and just not getting simple basic concepts or trying to take part in the decision making process with their limited Ivanti knowledge that they of course perceive different. Ultimately it should be the Project Decision Maker that drives the project and works closely with the Ivanti Architect.

When you want to get things done, you go to an Ivanti expert with hands-on-roll-up-your-sleeves-in-the-field experience. A professional Ivanti Architect or Consultant that can manage your project.

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Ivanti Service Manager HEAT Neurons ITSM ITAM Hotkey shortcut

Ivanti Neurons for ITSM – Keyboard Hotkey Shortcuts

Holding down¬†ALT¬†will show you the¬†‚Äúkeyboard shortcuts‚ÄĚ (hot keys)¬†that are available. with¬†Ivanti Neurons for ITSM/ITAM aka Ivanti Service Manager¬†(HEAT).

Top-Level Menus

KEYBOARD SHORTCUTACTION
Alt+WOpens the More‚Ķ menu from the top-level header bar. This is where you see all the workspaces available to you. This does not work from inside dashboards.

Business Object Workspaces

These keyboard shortcuts may or may not be available, depending on the specific business object workspace.

KEYBOARD SHORTCUTACTION
Alt+AOpens the Action Menu.
Alt+CCloses the record.
Alt+DDeletes the record.
Alt+EStarts a remote control session.
Alt+GOpens the Go To‚Ķ menu.
Alt+HPosts a message to the Social Board with the record.
Alt+IPins the record to the watch list.
Alt+LShows the list view.
Alt+NCreates a new record.
Alt+Shift+NShows the New‚Ķ menu, which allows you to create a new record from a template.
Alt+PAdds a problem to the record.
Alt+RRefreshes the workspace.
Alt+QRequests a change.
Alt+TPrints the record.
Alt+UAttaches an issue and resolution article.
Alt+/Opens the quick search menu.
Alt+\Opens the saved search menu.
Alt+TabMoves to the next control.
Alt+Shift+TabMoves to the previous control.

Keyboard Shortcuts in a Workspace

List View

All keyboard shortcuts available in the business object workspaces, plus the following additional keyboard shortcuts:

KEYBOARD SHORTCUTACTION
Alt+DDeletes a record.
Alt+EResolves the record.
Alt+PPrints the record.

Form View

KEYBOARD SHORTCUTACTION
Alt+CCloses a record.
Alt+DDeletes a record.
Alt+HShares the record.
Alt+LOpens the list view.
Alt+SSaves the record.
Alt+Shift+ right arrowMoves to the next record.
Alt+Shift+left arrowMoves to the previous record.
Alt+Shift+KUsed for forms that have tabs. Moves to the next child panel or header form. This is the same as clicking on the next tab. For example, in the screen below, if you are currently viewing the Detailstab, if you click Alt+Shift+K, you move to the Resolution Details tab.If you are already viewing the last tab, clicking Alt+Shift+K opens the list of additional tabs.  This is the same as clicking the + button on the right (not shown above).
Alt+Shift+JMoves to the previous child panel or header form. This is the same as clicking on the previous tab.
TabMoves to the next control.
Shift+TabMoves to the previous control.
TabMoves the navigation from the list of tabs to inside the

Popup Menus

KEYBOARD SHORTCUTACTION
EscCloses the popup menu without saving the data.
Ctrl+EnterSaves the data and closes the popup menu.
TabMoves to the next control.
Shift+TabMoves to the previous control.
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Problem #89360 for Ivanti Service Manager 2022.1 Upgrade breaking Integration Log Error Stats attachments

With the upgrade to Ivanti Service Manager 2022.1 there is one problem that you might be experiencing with Data Import Integrations not producing Error Stats attachments.

Ivanti is aware of the issue and is actively working on Problem #89360

Note that depending on your Data Centre, your tenants (STG/UAT/Production) may have been upgraded to the latest release. For example, Australia, UK, Europe have been upgraded, while Canada USA is just starting to roll out the 2022.1 release to DEV (STG/UAT). Check your Ivanti Maintenance Notifications here

UPDATE: As of May 2022 the issue with Integration Log Errors Stats attachment creation has been resolved.

Ivanti HEAT Neurons ITSM Training Administrator Developer Consultant UK Europe Australia Canada USA

What makes a great Ivanti HEAT Administrator/Developer?

One of the most common Ivanti HEAT Implementation challenges identified by clients is “Admin Training“. What seems like an easy quick fix is actually more complicated. It takes more than just Ivanti Training Academy access, Ivanti Business Partner training, and guidance from a seasoned professional. The root cause is really finding the right individual.

But before we get to that, it is important to understand the history of Ivanti Neurons for ITSM, aka Ivanti Service Manager aka HEAT.

Back in the HEAT for Windows days, prior to the emergence of ITSM, long before Ivanti acquired Frontrange and the HEAT Product line, the HEAT product was much simpler. There was less configuration, less complexity, less features, less configuration tools, and the architecture was quite simple. In turn training was somewhat cut & dry. Just a few days of admin training and a couple more days of advanced training. Those days are over.

One thing that hasn’t changed, is the need for the right individual to perform Ivanti HEAT Administration. It’s not for everyone.

Fast forward to today, Ivanti Neurons for ITSM (aka Service Manager aka HEAT) has evolved extensively and in turn the learning curve has increased so much so that many HEAT Admins struggled with HEAT ITSM Admin, and struggle even more so with Ivanti Service Manager aka Ivanti Neurons for ITSM Admin.

Even Ivanti HEAT Developers/Consultants/Freelancers have struggled. There are many long-time Developers/Consultants/Freelancers that with 10 years experience are still considered junior. Ivanti Business Partners struggle finding and retaining Ivanti HEAT Architects and true senior developers/consultants worthy of bearing the title. Arguably we shouldn’t look at the title but evaluate skill set and competence based on # of years experience AND Ivanti HEAT Implementations and even that is not the best measurement as there is quite a range of experience/skill/competence to be considered. Simply put, some consultants are rock stars that get away with playing the same tune over and over again while others are rock stars that made a difference and “rocked” the world with something new that nobody else could or perhaps can pull off again.

So what makes a great Ivanti HEAT Administrator? First and foremost. Self-starters. This is quite a paradox really because the best HEAT Administrators are self-taught and didn’t require what many clients ask for, training. Don’t get me wrong, everyone has to start somewhere and needs a little bit of help, a push, and some documentation. Ultimately though the best Ivanti HEAT Administrators are self-taught and hit the ground running. There really is no substitute for experience. There is no rock-star school or training for the rock idols everyone wants to be like. There are just some basic lessons on how to play the guitar and the rest is up to the individual. No different than online help and the Ivanti Training Academy. You get it or you don’t.

However it’s not all or nothing. There are varies levels of HEAT Administration. Just like there are varies levels of rock stars, including those playing for fun in basements or at the neighbour hood pub.

What are the levels of Ivanti HEAT Administrators?

There are really three types of HEAT Administrators. 1. Those that take care of basic data administration (validation tables, picklists, employee team associations, role changes), create/modify saved searches and quick actions, research the occasional error, maybe dabble in more advanced configuration with the help of some knowledge articles or Ivanti support. 2. Intermediate Administrators that make basic form changes, create business rules, perhaps even relationships and basic data imports. 3. Advanced Administrators that make major configuration changes, introduce new features & functionality, advanced data import connections & integrations, workflows, automation, request offerings, etc. These admins are mostly self taught and have an ability to pick up configuration without much if any training.

Sounds easy enough right? In theory yes. In practicality it’s not as easy and there is one type of individual that trumps all of the Ivanti HEAT Admin levels and makes the Advanced Admin’s head explode with configurations & developments that everyone else, including Ivanti, said it couldn’t be done. Lets face it there are HEAT Administrators and then there are long-time seasoned developers & consultants that can carry out advanced administration in their sleep where others struggle. What’s as common as dirt to them is like an atomic bomb to others. Simply put, there are mechanics that perform oil changes, then there are those working from their home, or a small shop, or a big company, versus mechanics that travelled the globe with not one but several word class racing teams. Every level is important. What sets the levels apart are the results thanks to skill set, experience, competence, self-motivated, problem solver. You don’t become great at something because you take a training course. You problem solve and put in the time & effort to learn on your own. After all, practice is the mother of skill.

With 26+ years Ivanti HEAT Experience and 100+ Ivanti HEAT Implementations worldwide in the UK, Europe, Australia, Canada, and the US, the topic of Ivanti HEAT Administration and Training is one that I’ve seen change over the years and encounter on a regular basis. Bottom line is that sometimes you need more than training. Perhaps it’s time that you considered getting an expert in to take your Ivanti HEAT System to the next level. After all there are three things to consider. 1. The things you know you know. 2. The things you know you don’t know. 3. The things you don’t know that you don’t know. With that said…

ARE YOU GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR IVANTI HEAT ITSM NEURONS IMPLEMENTATION?

You are NOT. Not until you talk to me. Guaranteed!

Question from an ITSM client regarding their Ivanti Service Manager tenant: If needed, are we able to create a separate instance for the AP ticketing?
  1. Q & A. Separate Ivanti Service Manager (ISM) instance for AP?
  2. Do you really need a Project Manager for your Ivanti Neurons for ITSM/ITAM Implementation?
  3. What makes a great Ivanti HEAT Neurons Administrator/Developer/Consultant?
  4. Ivanti Developer or Consultant?
  5. Is Ivanti a Professional Services Provider?

Ivanti Service Manager Cloud Upgrade to 2022.1 for FFZ Tenants postponed

FYI for Ivanti Service Manager Cloud clients of the Frankfurt Germany (FFZ) Tenants aka Europe East Data Centre. The scheduled 2022.1 Production release for March 25, 2022 has been postponed.