Westway reviewed a number of leading change management industry vendors before selecting Giva ChangeManager. Because Westway is a geographically dispersed organization covering North America and Europe there was interest in adopting a hosted solution. In addition, organizational objectives mandated the implementation of an Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) compliant system adhering to change management industry standards to ensure the system met with the approval of the senior management team and the auditors. At the same time, Westway did not want to spend a lot of time and money customizing a system so a turnkey approach was very appealing.
Giva ChangeManager is ITIL compliant and was easy to implement. There was no programming required nor code to write for configuration and customization. Giva provided full assistance in setting up the system to meet our specific requirements using standardized templates, process flows and worksheets. This approach helped determine the Request for Change (RFC) fields and workflows that needed to be included, and allowed us to tailor the RFC form to meet Westway's needs. Giva's default RFC form contains 29 fields and is in strict compliance with ITIL standards. However, we did not need all the fields required by ITIL. Using the point and click user interface, we could easily customize Giva.
Giva also includes the option for using an integrated knowledge base module, Giva KnowledgeManger, to store frequently used documents, templates, test plans, standard operating procedures, etc. Furthermore, Giva has the flexibility to seamlessly integrate Giva ChangeManager with their IT help desk module, Giva HelpDesk.
Before signing a contract, we performed a 30-day production trial of Giva ChangeManager and that convinced us that the product had the capability for meeting our requirements.