Case Study - Stream Global Services
Stream Global Services, Inc. is a leading provider of business process outsourcing
(BPO) services focused on the complex, voice-based segment of customer care services
delivered from North America and the Philippines. Founded in 1999, the company provides
a range of services including technical support, customer service, sales and customer
retention from both onshore and offshore locations.
Stream’s IT organization, which consists of over 200 staff members located in
15 locations worldwide, initiates between 400 and 500 changes per month. Prior to
selecting a formal change management solution, Stream used a modified Microsoft
SharePoint server to track change requests, but it was unreliable and enabled security
breaches. For example, one user could login as multiple users and open, approve,
implement and close the change -- all from the same computer.
This method of tracking change was quickly becoming problematic. Given the stringent
Sarbanes-Oxley regulations imposed on document change controls Stream faced as
they prepared to issue an IPO in March of 2007, their ad-hoc method of tracking
change was no longer acceptable. They had to find a reliable and proven system to
track, manage and document the lifecycle of every change within their IT infrastructure.
Preventing system outages was an equally important challenge for Stream. “Our
databases and telecom systems are critical to our business,” said Mike Hale, change
control manager at Stream. “Our call centers handle customer service, inbound
sales, outbound sales and technical support for market leaders in various industries,
and system and telephone outages in our call centers mean our agents aren’t able
to handle those calls. Because our revenue is tied to our call levels, this directly
affects our bottom line.”
The SunView Software Solution
Prior to selecting ChangeGear from SunView Software, Stream briefly considered
solutions from other change management vendors but found the cost too high and the
implementation time too lengthy.
Ease of use, fast and simple deployment, and low cost were all important factors
in Stream’s decision to purchase ChangeGear. “It was critical to the success
of the project that we find a change management solution that was easy to learn
and use, even for non-IT users,” said Mike. “With ChangeGear, we experienced fast
adoption within our IT organization, but we also had business users up and running
on the system quickly, with very little training.” And ChangeGear’s flexibility
allowed Stream to easily customize the product according to the specific needs
of each department. SunView’s Professional Services team came on-site to assist
in the installation and to help with some of the more complex customizations they
chose to make.
Stream’s ChangeGear implementation went live to production on January 2, 2007.
At that time, the company was averaging 95 percent system uptime on a monthly basis.
In October, 2007 -- just nine months after deploying ChangeGear -- the company hit
their corporate goal of 99.999 percent uptime for the first time.
“Keeping our systems up and running is a huge issue for our Stream. Our call
centers make money based on the number of calls we make and handle. If our system
is down, our agents can’t make or receive calls and the direct result is lost revenue,”
said Mike. “We can directly attribute our success in reaching our uptime goal of
‘five 9s’ to our ChangeGear solution.”
Other benefits Stream has realized since deploying ChangeGear is enforced accountability.
“We can now track a change throughout its lifecycle and see everything that happened
at every stage as well as who was involved with each change. And with the processes
we’ve enforced through ChangeGear, we no longer worry about SOX compliance-we’ve
already passed our first internal audit with flying colors.”