Your ServiceNow instance is loaded with rich data and innovative workflows (way to go!), but for those who are not well versed in the platform, your instance can look like a foreign language. So how can employees or customers leverage the data in your platform without breaking out Rosetta Stone or getting an IT degree? Introducing the ServiceNow Service Portal.
What Is The ServiceNow Now Platform App Engine?
ServiceNow Service Portal is a front-end portal framework that allows enterprises to build self-service experiences for their customers and employees. Leveraging data from your ServiceNow instance, Service Portal offers users an easy-to-use interface where users can access specific platform features and applications of ServiceNow. Think of it like a website that is easy to use and shields your end-users from the behind-the-scenes technical infrastructure.
With an easy-to-use drag-and-drop designer, Service Portals can be configured by both expert developers and beginners.
ServicePortal in ServiceNow
Why Should Your Business Use The Now Platform App Engine?
Service Portals are excellent tools for helping to manage human resources at a large enterprise. Consider that you are already leveraging ServiceNow HR Delivery to support various employee needs like PTO requests, onboarding, and knowledge management, but have not yet implemented an employee Service Portal.
In order to complete a simple task, like enrolling in employee benefits, the most direct solution would be for your employee to input their data into your enterprise’s ServiceNow instance themselves. This might be a fine solution for a ServiceNow specialist, but allowing every employee to enter their data would be an administrative nightmare. Something could easily go wrong and the vast majority of your staff wouldn’t know where to begin in order to solve the issue or support the employee who made a request.
Instead, you have employees fill out a third-party form and have your HR team manually insert the data into your instance. This is an improvement over the first scenario, but honestly, we’re still in the night terror arena. What if your employee has a clarifying question? There’s nowhere to ask or find out on your form, so now your HR representatives are inundated with emails.
Your company needs a solution where the employee has full control over their data and does the majority of the heavy lifting, but the registration process is relatively painless. ServiceNow Service Portal saves the day. You can create a custom, beautifully branded, and intuitively designed user interface that easily walks your employee through a self-service enrollment experience. If a question pop-ups, they can easily access the Knowledge Base you’ve put together (nice job) and find what they’re looking for without using human resources.
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With GlideFast’s custom Service Portal solution, Life Time Fitness was able to increase knowledge base viewings and user adoption by at least 70% and the portal now has a 90% approval rating across the company’s 40,000 employees.
The Benefits Of Service Portal
With a clean design and modern features, ServiceNow Service Portal can increase workplace productivity and employee engagement by delivering your ServiceNow applications in an easy-to-use platform.
With ServiceNow Service Portal You Can:
ServiceNow Service Portal Tools & Features
Drag & Drop Designer
With the Drag-and-Drop designer, any administrator, whether they are a pro developer or no-code builder, can easily design robust, user-friendly Service Portals. The ready-to-use components integrate with the Now Platform for a consistent user experience.
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Service Portal's model‑view‑controller paradigm lets you build everything as a single‑page application with less dependency on application business logic.
As Service Portal is mobile-friendly, users can access your portal on any device from anywhere, whether it be in the office or in the field. Service Portal also seamlessly integrates with the ServiceNow Mobile App.
Help users quickly find what they are looking for in the Service Portal with the configurable and dynamic faceted search feature.
Guided Tour Designer Integration
With the Guided Tour Designer, you can create and create and customize guided tours for any Service Portal page. Guided tours help train and onboard users within the Service Portal, walking them through a series of interactive steps to navigate through your portal.
How To Use ServiceNow Guided Tour Designer
Automated Test Framework Integration
ServiceNow Automated Test Framework allows users to create and run automated tests to ensure an instance works after implementing a change. With this integration, you can set up tests to check applications and user experiences in your Service Portal, before publishing.
Virtual Agent Integration
Deliver a comprehensive service experience with a single Virtual Agent configuration that can span your entire Service portal or multiple portals.
How To Design Outstanding Service Portals In ServiceNow
While anyone, regardless of their developer experience, can build a Service Portal in ServiceNow, there are some tricks of the trade when it comes to designing Service Portals that are truly beautiful and functional.
The Benefits Of Thoughtful Service Portal Design
The functionality of your Service Portal is important, but the bells and whistles matter, too. Good design takes your portal to the next level. It’s an opportunity to draw on your company’s unique branding and culture and build a connection with your users.
Design For Your User
As the Service Portal designer, you work very closely with the data and inner workings of your instance. But your user is likely approaching this information for the first time. Be sure to design your service portal for the user, not yourself.
How To Design for Non-Technical Users
Avoid the jargon – Change the names of lists of sections of your portal to reflect a user’s natural language and way of thinking
Minimize choices – Help users make quick decisions by limiting the number of options presented at one time
Create multiple paths – Clearly show multiple ways for users to access material
How To Design For Accessibility
Contrast - Assist visually-impaired users with clear color contrast ratios
Visual Hierarchy - Ensure the most important information stands out, and essential navigational elements are not hidden
Tag and Code - Ensure your images have in-code descriptions and tags for use by screen readers
Design Mobile First
Start your custom Service Portal build by creating your portal for mobile-first. It’s far easier to scale your portal design up, from a small, mobile screen format to a large screen, rather than to scale down.
How To Design For Mobile
Touch-friendly size – Ensure links, buttons, and form fields are of an appropriate size to be selected and manipulated by touch
Cut the clutter – Cut out unnecessary borders, spacing, and information to ensure optimal use of limited space
Keep it consistent – Ensure the experience from the smallest phones to the largest monitors is consistent. Tabbed content on desktop should still be tabbed content on a cell phone
Flexbox – Great assistance with positioning elements because centering is hard
Strive For A Unified Design
Make your Service Portal shine by delivering a consistently-branded user experience.
How To Create A Cohesive Portal
Use a Brand or Style Guide – A brand guide contains many of the styles an organization uses, which can simply design decisions
Use Theme CSS – Use Theme CSS to set up styles you will repeatedly use throughout the portal, such as buttons, links, headings, even panels
SCSS Variables – SCSS variables keep you from having to repeatedly look up the hex code for a color. ServiceNow uses many variables that can be overridden on the portal record
Style Consistently – Panels, buttons, headings, links, and other elements should present the same throughout the site
Guide Your Users On Their Journey With Clear UI/UX
Guide your user’s eye and their navigation through your portal with these design tools:
Portal Guidance Tools
Whitespace – Give your user’s eyes time to rest, allow them to gravitate toward that content you want them to see
Typography – Correct use of typeface, weight, color, and pairing can assist the visual hierarchy you seek to create for your users
Images and Icons – Visual indicators and communication can help establish a sense of where the user is, as well as help them find where they’re going
Interactive Elements – Hover states and micro animations help a user confirm what action they can take
Implementation Services For ServiceNow Service Portal
Are you ready to offer your employees and customers a beautiful and intuitive user experience? Whether you’re already leveraging ServiceNow Service Portals or would like to get started, our team of expert designers, developers, and architects are here to help.
At GlideFast Consulting, we know that no two Service Portals are the same. We work closely with our clients to ensure we’re building custom Service Portals that address their unique needs, reinforce their brand and culture, and deliver an exceptional user experience that will increase user adoption.