IBM® Control Desk unified IT asset and service management software provides a common control center for managing business processes for both digital and physical assets. It enables control, governance and compliance to applications, endpoints and assets to protect critical data and prevent outages.

Control Desk is IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL)-compliant, accessible through mobile devices and integrates with social media and development tools.

Choose the delivery model: on premise or SaaS - Cloud (software as a service). Then seamlessly change the delivery model as your business needs evolve.

St Vincent’s Health resolves over 50% of job tickets on first call with IBM Control Desk

Service request management

  • Prioritizes incident response based on business service impact.
  • Speeds problem resolution with a searchable solutions knowledge base and embedded remote diagnostics. Agents can remotely take over workstations and chat with users for faster request fulfillment.
  • Provides ticket templates and pre-populates work order fields with service request information through integration with telephony software from Genesys and Cisco.
  • Automatically classifies tickets based on keywords and detail fields. It can synchronize tickets through bi-directional integration with BMC Remedy and HP Service Center.
  • Processes emails into inbound service requests. Service requests can be created, viewed and approved using Blackberry, Apple iOS and Android devices.

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  • Tooling includes full reconciliation of data loaded into the Configuration Management Database (CMDB).
  • Provides the Configuration Management Database with complete reconciliation, ITIL-based workflows for all processes, single calendar for scheduling changes for resource availability, blackout periods and change windows.
  • Automated impact analysis and “what if” engine enables a customer to prevent outages caused by changes.
  • Compliance policy enforcement tracks and records changes throughout the organization. It manages the desired states of configuration items (CIs) applications and service configurations to help validate compliance.
  • Create responsive design and mobile-friendly emails.

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IT asset lifecycle management

  • Provides a current, proactively managed authorized repository of assets. Tracks and controls hardware assets installations, moves, additions and changes. It also manages a complete view of software entitlements.
  • Integration with IBM Endpoint Manager provides an accurate inventory of deployed software. It automates license tracking to help meet compliance requirements. It reduces the time, cost and risk associated with compliance audits.
  • Generates asset reports to help identify inactive assets or redeploy underutilized assets.
  • Integration with several common purchasing solutions provides full lifecycle management of every IT asset - including the associated contracts.
  • Guards against unnecessary reorder of licenses. When you retire an asset all associated software licenses are freed up. Asset tables reflect the data and make licenses available for reuse.

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Service catalog

  • Publishes a list of available services for users to search and order. Automates the fulfillment of service requests with runbook automation - minimizing manual intervention to deliver user requests.
  • Associates cost information can now be added to services. Users can understand how much services cost and manage their services consumption accordingly.
  • Supports service entitlement - allowing service catalog entries based on a group or business unit.
  • Provides service definition templates for common service items - saving time and reducing catalog development costs.
  • Provides job plan templates - reducing the cost of creating work orders.

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Support for service providers

  • Multiple billing methods gives visibility into all of the costs of providing service support and service delivery. Customers gain transparency into their service usage.
  • A repository for customer agreements enables entitlement checks. These checks ensure that customers are entitled to requested services and are correctly charged.
  • Response plans for requests automatically assign the appropriate person or response team to handle each request. Interactive, action-based workflows enable automated service delivery to help provide consistency.
  • Multi-customer operations allow you to run multiple customers in one instance. It segregates customer data and helps reduce the cost of maintenance and upkeep.
  • A versatile reporting engine generates reports, displays key performance indicators on dashboards and provides ad hoc query functionality. A query wizard allows users to define and schedule their own reports.

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Introduction to SmartCloud Control Desk

The IBM unified service management solution helps St Vincent's IT support service group prioritize service requests directly impacting patient safety. "If there's an issue with a doctor's or nurse's laptop, we now have the capacity and information we need to get on it immediately."

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IBM Control Desk delivery models
Key Features SaaS On-premise traditional install
Reduced total cost of ownership Yes Yes
Quick time to value Yes Yes
Reduced capital expense and flexible term licensing Yes Yes
On-premise software offering - Yes
Hosted on IBM Cloud Yes -
Ideal for hosting on customer/partner cloud - -
Available with perpetual license terms - Yes

How to buy

Choose your delivery model: on premise or SaaS - Cloud (software as a service). Then seamlessly change the delivery model as your business needs evolve.

IBM Control Desk on premise

Gives you total control of your solution, providing reduced total cost of ownership and quicker time to value.

IBM Control Desk on Cloud

Provides all functionality and features in a cloud-based service offering, reducing installation and administration efforts.

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Read these white papers and analyst report to learn more about IBM Control Desk.

Vendor landscape: enterprise service desk software

Vendor landscape: enterprise service desk software

Learn why IBM Control Desk software gets high marks for providing enterprise-wide service and asset management solutions.

The compelling case for a business focus in IT service management

The compelling case for a business focus in IT service management

Discover the challenges and benefits of IT asset and service automation and find out how IBM SmartCloud® Control Desk can help you.

EMA Report - Integrated Service Management: How IBM Is Advancing the Cause Through Advanced Analytics

EMA Report - Integrated Service Management: How IBM Is Advancing the Cause Through Advanced Analytics

Find out how IBM is addressing, and even advancing, integrated service management requirements.


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