ServiceNow’s Comprehensive Platform Vision

ServiceNow Named a Leader in 2018 Gartner MQ for Enterprise High-Productivity aPaaS

I am excited to tell you that we were recognized in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise High-Productivity Application Platform as a Service again – this time positioned as a Leader! [1]

We believe that to be named as a Leader by Gartner is certainly an honor. It’s also a great testament to the commitment and hard work that our customers and partners have invested on the platform, building intelligent applications that transform the world of work.  And, it’s a testament to their partnership in helping us innovate, refine and evolve our vision for the Now Platform. I’d like to personally thank all of our dedicated customers and partners for their role in this great milestone.

ServiceNow was founded as a platform company.  Fred Luddy initially developed ITSM as a proof-of-concept of what could be built on this powerful platform — to enable everyone to simply route work across the enterprise. Today the Now Platform is one of the most comprehensive platforms in the industry.

What’s a comprehensive platform, you might ask.  Well, let me explain. In the transition from on-premises to the cloud, many point-purpose platforms were developed to do a single thing really well, such as for BPM, integration or mobile apps.  Here at ServiceNow, we took a simpler approach. We built the capabilities into a single platform that includes:

With the power of the Now Platform our customers and partners can build once and re-use, creating an ever-growing digital foundation. This strategy simplifies the enterprise architecture, reduces costs, and enables digital transformation to move faster. It also expands the set of people that can build new applications to transform the way work is done.

Many software vendors recognize a need for more capabilities to simplify application development for customers and are acquiring other companies: bolting on SaaS, aPaaS and iPaaS.  But a true comprehensive platform – like ServiceNow –  requires native integration of these functions added either through re-platforming or organic development in the platform itself.

When ServiceNow acquires technology, we re-platform it to preserve a consistent and native platform experience. For us, that experience must transcend our portfolio of SaaS applications (ITSM, HR, Security Ops, CSM) and the ISV applications built by hundreds of partners and delivered on the Store and the custom apps our customers create in their own instances. This makes ServiceNow unique in our approach as a trusted platform provider.

No other vendor offers a portfolio of packaged applications, partner-built Store applications and the ability for custom application development that are all developed and run on the exact same, single platform. The Now Platform is one that you can build on now and into the future.

Read Gartner’s Magic Quadrant report here.

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise High-Productivity Application Platform as a Service, Paul Vincent, Van L. Baker, Yefim V. Natis, Kimihiko Iijima, Mark Driver, Rob Dunie, Jason Wong, Aashish Gupta, 26 April 2018.

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[1] Gartner, ‘Magic Quadrant for Enterprise High-Productivity Application Platform as a Service,’ by Paul Vincent, Van L. Baker, Yefim V. Natis, Kimihiko Iijima, Mark Driver, Rob Dunie, Aashish Gupta, Harutoshi Katayama, April 26, 2018.

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Josh Kahn
As General Manager of the Platform Business Unit, Kahn is responsible for providing an application development platform for ServiceNow customers and partners to build applications that will transform the way the world works. The Platform Business Unit provides core platform services, machine learning, and integration capabilities accessible to both professional developers through scripting, and to everyone in the enterprise through no-code development tools. Kahn joined ServiceNow in 2016 from EMC Corporation (acquired by Dell) where he was Senior Vice President of Global Solutions, focusing in the areas of hybrid cloud and cloud native application platforms. Prior to EMC, Kahn held product management roles at Veritas (acquired by Symantec), Netscape Communications and several startups. Kahn started his career at Andersen Consulting, developing custom business applications.

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