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a19 Consulting releases a19 Asset Scanner | Apple iOS Mobile Application | for Ivanti Service Manager and Ivanti Asset Manager

Scanning Assets with Ivanti Service Manager and Ivanti Asset Manager just got easier! No expensive clunky hardware required. All you need is an iPhone, or iPAD. An Ivanti ITSM first!
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TORONTO & SOUTH JORDAN, Utah – Nov. 9, 2020 – PRLog — a19 Consulting provides Ivanti Best Practices and Ivanti Professional Services, worldwide, in almost every sector, since 1996.

“”The a19 Asset Scanner | Apple iOS Mobile Application complements the a19 Android Mobile app and works with Ivanti Service Manager and Ivanti Asset Manager.  Gone are the days of bulky and expensive scanning devices.  Our Asset Scanners work with any Android Device, and now with any iPhone or iPAD.  On top of that, you can use our Asset Scanner with any Ivanti Role, not just the Asset Scanner Role.  This is a first for Ivanti ITSM.” says Gregor Anton, a former Kifinti Solutions Consultant, and unique and distinctive authority in the Enterprise Service Management space with his consulting and development experience and extensive insight to best practices going back to 1996 with the HEAT and now Ivanti Service Manager (ISM) and Ivanti Asset Manager (IAM) products.

A demo of the a19 Asset Scanner mobile app can be seen here:  

Providing HEAT ITSM Best Practices and now Ivanti Best Practices, with his tried, tested, and true implementations, and upgrades, Gregor now focuses on his company, a19 Consulting, his a19 Ivanti Best Practices System, and mobile applications (Android, iOS)

Gregor has been developing, streamlining, and implementing best practices and latest solutions for fortune 500 companies and Frontrange Business Partners (Change Control, Avante Solutions, Kifinti Solutions) and Ivanti Business Partners (Kifinti Solutions, DDS IT), worldwide.  

The ITxM Space (ITSM, IT Service Management, ITAM, IT Asset Management) has never been more exciting, as is the transformation to ESM (Enterprise Service Management).

The Android Mobile App can be downloaded from the Google Play Store,

The Apple iOS Mobile app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store

Be sure to contact a19 Consulting for more information and take your Ivanti Service Manager implementation to the next level.

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Android Ivanti Neurons Mobile Application Press Releases

a19 Consulting releases a19 Asset Scanner | Floating Barcode Reader | Android Mobile Application | for Ivanti Service Manager and Ivanti Asset Manager

Former Kifinti Solutions Consultant publishes Android Mobile Application in the Google Play Store to make Barcode Asset Scanning with Ivanti Service Manager easier than ever. No special hardware is needed, and the a19 Asset Scanner works with any Android Device with a camera, and with ANY Ivanti Role, not just the Asset Scanner Role.

TORONTO & SOUTH JORDAN, Utah – Nov. 9, 2020 – PRLog — a19 Consulting provides Ivanti Best Practices and Ivanti Professional Services, worldwide, in almost every sector, since 1996.

“The a19 Asset Scanner | Floating Barcode Reader | Android Mobile Application works not only with Ivanti Service Manager and Ivanti Asset Manager; our Asset Scanner works with any mobile app including mobile browsers and does not require bulky and expensive scanning devices.  Our Asset Scanner works with any Android Device that has a Camera.  On top of that, you can use our Asset Scanner with any Ivanti Role, not just the Asset Scanner Role,” says Gregor Anton, a former Kifinti Solutions Consultant, and unique and distinctive authority in the Enterprise Service Management space with his consulting and development experience and extensive insight to best practices going back to 1996 with the HEAT and now Ivanti Service Manager (ISM) and Ivanti Asset Manager (IAM) products.

A demo of the a19 Asset Scanner mobile app can be seen here:  https://youtu.be/6lYHtsGffE0

Providing HEAT ITSM Best Practices and now Ivanti Best Practices, with his tried, tested, and true implementations, and upgrades, Gregor now focuses on his company, a19 Consulting, his a19 Ivanti Best Practices System, and mobile applications (Android, iOS)

Gregor has been developing, streamlining, and implementing best practices and latest solutions for fortune 500 companies and Frontrange Business Partners (Change Control, Avante Solutions, Kifinti Solutions) and Ivanti Business Partners (Kifinti Solutions, DDS IT), worldwide.  More about Gregor at https://youtu.be/kR9UgRYyc1c

The ITxM Space (ITSM, IT Service Management, ITAM, IT Asset Management) has never been more exciting, as is the transformation to ESM (Enterprise Service Management).

The Android Mobile App can be downloaded from the Google Play Store, volume and site licenses are available upon request.

The iOS version will follow soon.

Be sure to contact a19 Consulting for more information and take your Ivanti Service Manager implementation to the next level.  https://bestpractice.systems/ivanti-service-manager-heat-ticketing-system-ivanti-asset-manager-best-practices-systems-itsm-service-management-itam-asset-management

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a19 Asset Scanner | Floating Bar Code Reader | Ivanti Service Manager | Ivanti Asset Manager | Android Mobile Application

Works with any Android mobile device (phone/tablet) that has a camera.

Floating button can be used anywhere in android, no matter what mobile browser or app you have open. Whether it’s the Ivanti Service Manager Android Mobile App, the Ivanti Asset Manager Mobile App, any mobile browser logged into Ivanti Service Manager, or any Android App.

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Works with any Ivanti Roles. Service Desk Analyst, Service Desk Manager, Self Service, etc. and of course the Asset Scanner role.

No special hardware needed. That means you do not need to purchase a handheld android scanner ($500.00+) and deal with a clumsy bulky handheld scanner that is a little archaic. Instead you can use your phone or tablet camera.

a19 Asset Scanner | Floating Bar Code Reader | Ivanti Service Manager | Ivanti Asset Manager | Android Mobile Application    Works with any #Android mobile device (phone/tablet) that has a camera.       Floating button can be used anywhere in android, no matter what mobile browser or app you have open.  Whether it's the #IvantiServiceManager #AndroidMobileApp, the #IvantiAssetManager Mobile App, any #mobilebrowser, or any #androidapp    Watch this demo with #IvantiAssetScanner and the #a19AssetScanningWizard for #AssetScans and #PackingSlipScans      Works with any Ivanti Roles. Service Desk Analyst, Service Desk Manager, Self Service, etc. and of course the Asset Scanner role.       No special hardware needed.  That means you do not need to purchase a handheld android scanner ($500.00+) and deal with a clumsy bulky handheld scanner that is a little archaic.  Instead you can use your phone or tablet camera.    But wait, there is more.  #iOS #iPhone and #iPAD mobile app is coming soon!      Contact me for site or volume licensing

But wait, there is more. iOS, iPhone, and iPad mobile app is coming soon!

Contact us for site or volume licensing

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What is Regression Testing?

Regression testing refers to testing of existing functionality to ensure that recent changes do not adversely affect existing features. 

For example, when implementing Asset Management, the existing Incident functionality is tested to test use cases such as creating an incident, creating a task, updating incidents, closing tasks, incidents, etc

In addition to UAT Test Scripts, you will want to do a comparison of existing workspaces, existing functionality, and existing features, to ensure existing functionality has not been impacted.

Ivanti Best Practice:  If you want to run Ivanti Service Manager UAT and PROD tenants side by side, you need to use a different browsers (not just different tab), as otherwise the browser cache may become corrupted or cause issues.  So for example you can use Google Chrome for UAT and Internet Explorer for PROD.

For more information about the a19 Ivanti Best Practice System be sure to contact us!

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Ivanti Best Practices: UAT

When it comes to Ivanti Best Practices there is no better source than that of a seasoned Consultant with the voice of experience of years of Ivanti Professional Services, Ivanti Implementations, Upgrades, with Ivanti Service Manager (powered by HEAT IT Service Management) and Ivanti Asset Manager.

One of the most crucial steps in System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) is User Acceptance Testing (UAT), a type of system and business objective validation, performed by the end users, and business objective sign off by the project owner; not to be confused with System Testing which is performed by the Ivanti Developer and/or ISM Administrator

Many Ivanti Service Manager implementations fall short when it comes to proper UAT Testing, be it due to a lack of resources, time, or budget, but more often than not due to a shortcoming of proper UAT Action Plan, UAT Test Cases and Scripts and a lack of Best Practices, Strategy, Coordination, and Planning.

Today we shall focus on Ivanti Best Practices for UAT.

UAT Best Practices

  • Daily Stand-Up Calls coordinated by the decision maker and UAT Test Lead with the UAT Test Team
    • Review of UAT Decision Tree
    • Review Test Results, questions, unexpected behaviour, workarounds, tester comments
    • Review Reference Data to-do list for PROD
    • Identify key areas for training (bullet points) 
    • Test Case Maintenance – identify new test cases or changes needed to existing test cases
    • Daily Email Summary to the ISM Consultant, bullet points, of areas that need to be addressed, identifying “show-stoppers” and “must-haves”, “questions”
  • Scribe – Appoint a person to take meeting notes, and keep track of any “nice-to-haves”, “parking lot items”, “knowledge articles” needed.  Typically this function falls on the Knowledge Manager/Trainer.
  • Weekly Calls with ISM Consultant to review the progress, test results, and discuss UAT remediation scope.
  • Focus on Job Functions, not features, not enhancements, not future phases. 
  • No Bug Hunts – The point of UAT is not to find bugs.  It’s to ensure day-to-day functions can be carried out and the steps for those job functions are documented for training purposes.   Any unexpected behaviour can be recorded in tester comments.
  • Keep it Simple – Focus on test cases at hand.  If there are any issues, make sure to record the reference #, 1 or 2 screenshots, bullet point tester comments, no need for long novels with pages of screenshots.  

For more information and to reserve your a19 Consulting – Ivanti Best Practice System Implementation be sure to contact us!

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Best Practices: File Naming Convention

An often overlooked best practice is that for file naming conventions, albeit not an Ivanti Service Manager Best Practice, it certainly is a best practice you should consider for your Ivanti Service Manager and Ivanti Asset Manager Projects.

Files should always be renamed with a prefix of the last modified date in YYYY-MM-DD format, for sorting purposes, and contain a meaningful name and version number.

The file name itself should be meaningful to the subject matter and topic at hand, for example if you’re working on UAT Test Scripts for Ivanti Service Manager then you could use 2020-05-19 HEAT ISM – UAT Test Scripts as the complete file name. Leading Date, Subject Mater, and Topic.

Descriptions such as “final” and “complete” should also be discouraged as 99% of the time there will be revisions.

This best practice ensures files are easily found, sorted, and clearly indicate the last modified date, version, and file contents.   

Note that the file saved date/time often changes as files are sent via email, download again, copied, or saved by mistake.

For example, Task #8043 has two attachments and without proper file naming conventions it is unclear which file is the latest for the Ivanti Service Manager UAT Test scripts:

  1. Copy of 2020-09-11 – Sample UAT Test Scripts Complete.xls
    should be
    2020-09-11 HEAT ISM – UAT Test Scripts v2
  2. 2020-09-11 – Sample UAT Test Scripts Complete.xls
    should be
    2020-09-14 HET ISM – UAT Test Scripts v3

In Summary, for file naming conventions use the format YYYY-MM-DD Subject Matter – Topic – v#.

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What is UAT Testing?

  • The purpose of User Acceptance Testing (UAT) is to test use cases, that is specific day-to-day operations in the life of an end-user and their required tasks to perform their job function
  • UAT Testing differs from System Testing in that System Testing is focused on software functionality.   UAT Testing is focused on job function, that is day to day operations can be performed.  Therefor access to Ivanti Service Manager (powered by HEAT) is not needed to build UAT Test cases, in fact it is discouraged to use HEAT as your focus should be on building use cases about day to day operations, operating procedures, such as Logging an Incident, searching for customers, assigning 2nd level support, and so on.
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  • Regression testing refers to testing of existing functionality to ensure that recent changes do not adversely affect existing features.  For example, when implementing Asset Management, the existing Incident functionality is tested to test use cases such as creating an incident, creating a task, updating incidents, closing tasks, incidents, etc. In addition to UAT Test Scripts, you will want to do a comparison of existing workspaces, existing functionality, and existing features, to ensure existing functionality has not been impacted.

If you’re looking for sample UAT Test Scripts, be sure to contact us!

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Smart Goals

There is more to Ivanti Service Manager Consulting Projects than software & systems. You need to take a holistic approach and carefully plan your implementation, upgrades, and enhancements. It starts without the software, and requires strategy over tactics. It all starts with goals. S.M.A.R.T. Goals.

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  • SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timebound
  • Goals should be as specific as possible, even if this means breaking them down, by including answers to the popular “W” questions: Who, What, When, Where, Which, Why
  • If a goal is not measurable, it is not possible to know whether a team is making progress toward successful completion. If it’s an Ivanti Project that’s going to take a few months to complete, then set some milestones by considering specific tasks to accomplish.

    A goal needs to be achievable, but at the same time it must not be too easy.
  • A goal that supports or is in alignment with other goals would be considered a relevant goal, focusing on something that makes sense with the broader business goal or Ivanti Project.
  • A time-bound goal is intended to establish a sense of urgency. After all a goal that lacks realistic timing, changes are you’re not going to succeed with your Ivanti Project.

Smart Goal Example

For example, if you’re creating UAT Test Case Scripts, your Smart Goals would be:

  • Specific:
    • Who: UAT Test Lead, designated UAT Team, and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) as outlined by Roles & Responsibilities Matrix
    • What: Create day to day use case scenarios for job functions for the Ivanti Asset Manager Procurement process
    • When: Over the next two weeks with a Target Date of September 19
    • Where: Go-To Meeting and the Ivanti Breakout Meeting Room
    • Which: Standard Business Operating Procedures with guidance from SMEs and Decision Maker
    • Why: The UAT Test Case Scripts will be used for User Acceptance Testing (UAT) by the broader UAT team to ensure day to day job functions for the Asset Scanning, Procurement Process, Sales Order Life Cycle, Fulfillment, and Invoice Workflow can be carried out with the newly implemented Ivanti Asset Manager system by a19 Consulting.
  • Measurable: Milestones, at least three internal meetings, and breakout sessions for the SMEs for the below categories, with at least 6 test cases that are aligned to the Standard Operating Procedures; Regression Testing, Asset Scanning, Procurement.
  • Achievable: Focus on day-to-day job functions as outlined by the SOPs and seek guidance from SMEs and the decision maker as needed.
  • Relevant: Day to day job functions only as per the SOPs. Do not use the software, this would be system testing, focus is on job functions and satisfying day to day operational tasks.
  • Time-bound: Target Date September 19, with first meeting on September 10, follow up meeting on September 15, and review September 17th.

Remember T.ogether E.veryone A.chives M.ore!

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Software Asset Management 101

Software asset management (SAM) is a business practice that involves managing and optimizing the purchase, deployment, maintenance, utilization, and disposal of software applications within an organization.

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Ivanti Asset Manager (IAM) is a much talked about “new” product that was released with ITxM 2018.3 and actively promoted with ITxM 2019.1.

ITxM 2019 in fact consists of Ivanti Service Manager (ISM) and Ivanti Asset Manager (IAM).

Ivanti Asset Manager has been around for a while and Ivanti Service Manager, formerly known as HEAT, has done Asset Management since its early HEAT for Windows days in the 1990’s.

Software Asset Management followed a little later with the HEAT ITSM using Software Inventory and Software Product Configuration Items (CI).

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IAM Business Objects

To someone new to ISM/IAM the SAM implementation looks like something of a “Frankenstein hodge podge”. There is a combination of Legacy, DSM, and IAM business objects, and relationships. That is by design. Upgrades from HEAT SM, DSM, and ISM to IAM vary, as do discovery tools and sources, plural, (more on that on a future post) and so do requirements as per business processes and standard operating procedures (SOP).

Getting Started with SAM

Strategy. Architecture. Processes. There really is not quick and easy way to just “install”SAM. Careful consideration, planning, and data analysis is required to determine where you are today, where you want to go, and the steps to take you there. While there are some common practices and implementation methods, every organization has variances that must be considered, carefully. What are your sources? What data are you capturing, where and how? What processes are manual versus automated. How are you tracking your licenses and entitlements today, what details, and at what level. Vendors, Manufacturers, Versions, Features, License Keys, etc. What does you procurement process look like? Alerts, renewal reminders? It’s best you start simple with data analysis, process analysis, document workflows, processes, entity relationships (ERD), and build a proof of concept, followed by a prototype to validate each step of the process.

If your Software Asset Management really is a simple slam-dunk, then all of the above steps will be very quick, but I can almost certainly guarantee you from experience that there are always variances. The devil is in the details as you say. And usually with the most complex and expensive software titles and products.

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Before you tackle the gargantuan task of software asset management be sure to contact a19 Consulting Professional Services and put yourself in the hot seat with the a19 Software Asset Management audit.

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WHAT IS ISM BLACKOUT?

Blackout, is a point in time in the development process when a system becomes unavailable (off-line) by design. The term comes from Electricity “blackouts” when there is a complete electric shut down.

An a19 best practice is to take the UAT system off-line when UAT is undergoing maintenance or configuration in preparation for End User Acceptance testing. This is to prevent any unauthorized access by end users that might want to start testing the system before it’s ready, which is never a good idea. After all, you don’t call the building inspector until you’re up to code, right? Leaving UAT available during configuration can be disastrous. Don’t make this rookie ISM mistake, you will thank me later!

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