Phased rollout


This version of the software is currently available only to early adopter SaaS customers as the first step in our phased rollout.

Reviewing the status of service requests

In BMC Helix Digital Workplace Catalog, service catalog administrators, service agents, internal service suppliers, and internal service supplier administrators can check the status of self-service requests.

To ensure that the system is fulfilling services correctly, check the status of self-service requests on the Service Requests page. You can filter service requests, and export the data to a CSV file for further analysis.

To verify request details

  1. To access service requests, in BMC Helix Digital Workplace Catalog, select Reports > Service Requests.
    As a service agent, you have access only to the Service Requests page.
  2. To see the details of a service request, double-click the table item (or select the item and then select Actions > Details).
    The Request Details panel displays the following information:
    • Overview tab—shows the summary details of a service request such as Requested by, Requested for, Start date/ Completed date, Request ID, Order ID, Rating, etc.
    • Request Details tab—shows how the end user responded to the service questionnaire. If a service request has confidential questions in the questionnaire, the confidential answers are not displayed on the User Responses tab.
    • Survey Responses tab—shows how the end user rated the service and responded to survey questions.
    • Comments tab—shows any comments left by end users after they request a service.
    • Error Details tab—shows error details if a service request failed.

If the service was originally created from an imported SRD from BMC Service Request Management, you can see the BMC Service Request Management request ID given to the end user. The end user can search BMC Helix Digital Workplace using a given ID. Because this ID is from BMC Service Request Management, a service agent or IT Administrator can search BMC Helix ITSM: Smart IT or BMC Service Request Management using this ID.

To restart failed requests 

Click Restart process to restart a failed process. This option is not available for cases created in BMC Helix Business Workflows, fulfillment URLs, services that have external activities, and services that are parents in a dependent service that has child services in progress. If your end users have configured their status updates and notifications, they will be notified when their request transitions from the Fault to In Progress status.

End users will see their request transition from the Fault to In Progress status in the My Activity tab. If your end users have configured their status updates and notifications, they will also be notified when this status change occurs.

The option to restart a service is not available in the following conditions:

  • Services for which fulfillment is set to External Link are not shown in the reports and cannot be restarted.
  • Services that are parents in a dependent service with child services in progress - For example, if an IoT Storage request is the child service and still in progress and the IoT Device request fails, it cannot be restarted. For more information, see Specifying dependent services.
  • Service requests auto-created when a BMC Helix Business Workflows agent creates a case. For more information, see Enabling automatic creation of service requests in BMC Helix Digital Workplace Advanced from cases Open link .

To troubleshoot failed requests

When BMC Helix Digital Workplace Catalog cannot fulfill a request, the system returns a Fault status to the end user in the BMC Helix Digital Workplace end user console. The system also reports the failed request on the Service Requests page in BMC Helix Digital Workplace Catalog. Double-click the failed request line to view the relevant section of the error log . You can also export the single request as a CSV file, to send to your IT help desk to investigate with BMC Support.

The following illustration shows Service Request Detail window.

To view the service request process

When a process is completed, closed, failed, waiting for approval, or active, you can open the workflow and view the process instance information such as start time, completed time, errors, and activity results.
The View Process button is displayed only if a process instance is created, that is, when one of the following conditions are true: 

  • The process includes wait steps such as Receive Task, User Task, or, Call Activity and the process was successfully executed till the wait step and failed or paused at the wait step. 
  • The process does not include wait steps and the process was successfully executed. 

The process steps are depicted in the following colors: 

  • Green - Completed
  • Red - Errored
  • Yellow - Suspended
  • Orange - Active
  1. In the Catalog console, select Reports > Service Requests.

    As a service agent, you have access only to the Service Requests page.

  2. To view the details of a service request, double-click the service request for which you want to see the details or select the service request and then select Actions > Details.

  3. Select View Process Date and time stamp when the process failed, as shown in the following image: 

    The following image is an example of a failed process: 

Required licensing

SaaS subscribers who use BMC Helix ITSM or BMC Helix Virtual Agent Basic service are entitled to this feature.

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