Each of our offerings are guided by a methodology based on best
practices defined in the internationally recognized Information
Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). This methodology achieves
and maintains service levels for system availability, system
performance, and service support in line with our customer's
The goal of the Service Delivery disciplines is three-fold. First to
align service levels for Availability and Performance with customer
business requirements. Secondly, to proactively monitor and service
the infrastructure to maintain these levels before impacts occur.
Third, through Capacity Management, to optimize the efficient use of
existing infrastructure, and to assure that growth in users or
application modules does not affect service levels.
This discipline focuses on assuring that users are provided with
applications that are available for work. This includes maintaining
uptime of the operating system, databases, and application software.
ThirdEdge will proactively monitor these SAP system components
striving to identify and resolve potential incidents before they
System availability is not enough. Business users require acceptable
levels of performance. Performance of the SAP system will also be
proactively monitored and maintained in line with customer defined
As the number of users and module additions grow, components of the
SAP system will require improvements to maintain the required levels
of availability and performance. Through proactive system monitoring
and the use of trending, ThirdEdge will manage capacity by
performing system tuning as well as suggesting SAP upgrade
opportunities to customers.
The proactive disciplines within Service Delivery will not always
prevent an event that affects Availability or Performance from
occurring. Therefore, a request for service and its efficient
closure must be performed. In addition, requests other than incident
or problem resolution will occur such as requests for change or
information. Response to any type of request must be managed within
a customer-defined resolution target zone. Toward this goal,
ThirdEdge uses the following Service Support disciplines.
The goal of incident management is to quickly get the appropriate
ThirdEdge personnel and technologies to address the customer's
request. We employ a variety of technologies to help us resolve
events expeditiously and within the promised resolution time.
Not all incidents can be resolved expediently. Such incidents become
problems and are subsequently managed through an automated
prioritization process based on their impact to the customer's
business. Automated aging and escalation are then used to assure the
request is addressed within customer defined time frames.
Changes are a part of an information technology environment. Changes
can be required by the customer to augment or improve how the
technology supports or enables business. Prioritization, scheduling,
and documentation are key considerations of change management.
ThirdEdge will perform a change impact analysis outlining the effect
of a change on established service levels for availability,
performance, capacity, and problem management. This analysis will
result in continual alignment of service level management to
customer's business requirements and service objectives.
The escalation process provides a mechanistic means to alert higher
levels of management of those issues not being resolved. Escalation
management is a crucial activity to guarantee the smooth flow of