What is IBM Control Desk?

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.

What are the benefits of IBM Control Desk?

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Uses a single web interface screen to help ensure an efficient service desk and knowledge database for handling service requests and managing problems or incidents.

  • 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-populate 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.

Manage projects with greater ease

Uses change, configuration and release management to provide advanced impact analysis and automated change procedures that reduce risk and help ensure integrity of services.

  • Tooling includes full reconciliation of data loaded into the Configuration Management Database (CMDB).
  • Provides the Configuration Management Database with complete reconciliation, Information Technology Infrastructure Library (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 CIs (configuration items) applications and service configurations to help validate compliance.
  • Visual business services can be displayed based on the wide range of CI relationships. These views can be used for problem isolation and doing impact analysis. Other views such as Google mapping are also supported.

Improve software lifecycle integration

Includes IT asset lifecycle management for full asset lifecycle management of IT hardware and software license compliance capabilities.

  • 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 and 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.

Enable more effective self-service

Provides a service catalog that gives users an interface for self-help to eliminate calls to service desk agents.

  • 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.

Design and automate customer experiences

Provides service support and service delivery capabilities for multiple customers in a single deployed instance providing hybrid cloud support.

  • 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.

“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.”

Russell Wilcoxon - IT support service coordinator - St Vincent's Health Australia

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IBM Control Desk Delivery Models
Key Features SaaS VM Image On-premise Traditional Install
Reduced Total Cost of Ownership

Yes

Yes

Yes

Quick Time to Value

Yes

Yes

Yes

Reduced Capital Expense and Flexible Term Licensing

Yes

Yes

Yes

On-Premise Software offering

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Yes

Yes

Hosted on IBM Cloud

Yes

-

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Ideal for hosting on customer/partner cloud

-

Yes

-

Available with perpetual license terms

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Yes

Yes

IBM SmartCloud Control Desk Editions
Key Features SmartCloud Control Desk SmartCloud Control Desk - Service Provider Add-on SmartCloud Control Desk - Entry Edition
Complete IT Service Management Solution

Yes

n/a

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Partial IT Service Management Solution (simple service desk and change)

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n/a

Yes

Support for Internal Service Providers

Yes


Support for External Service Providers

Yes


Chargeback and customer accounting functionality for services rendered

Yes


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