ServiceNow’s New York release extends the visibility, transparency, and collaboration capabilities today’s Agile and DevOps teams need.
Notable enhancements include:
These updates are critical to maintain a presence in a highly competitive application lifecycle management (ALM) marketplace. Much of the new and enhanced features are contained within the product’s strengths. As other ALM vendors continue to merge and acquire vendors who address their product gaps, ServiceNow will need to find new avenues to differentiate itself in the market. Unfortunately, it will not be long until these updates become table stakes.
While ServiceNow maintains a strong position in the IT service management and asset management space, its users are looking for more ways to extend their tooling ROI into other areas of product delivery. ServiceNow’s strategy includes establishing and strengthening partnerships with third-party vendors to cover the gaps within its Now Platform. However, many small IT teams do not have the budget to invest in supplementary tools. The industry is getting closer to see how ServiceNow, and its competitors, will balance their new updates and releases with out-of-the-box integrations and partnerships so that users can truly have end-to-end collaboration.
Source: SoftwareReviews Application Lifecycle Management Data Quadrant, Report Published May 23, 2019
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