Service Level Agreement Assurance

Most service providers provide statistics, often through an online portal. There, customers can check whether ALS is being met and whether they are entitled to service credits or other penalties under ALS. FP7 IRMOS also examined aspects of translation of ALS terms at the application level into resource-based attributes to bridge the gap between customer expectations and cloud provider resource management mechanisms. [14] [15] The European Commission has presented a summary of the results of various ALS research projects (from specifications to monitoring, management and implementation). [16] Most service providers have standard ALSs – sometimes several, which reflect different levels of service at different prices – which can be a good starting point for negotiations. However, these should be audited and modified by the client and the lawyer, as they are generally favourable to the supplier. This last point is crucial. Service requirements and supplier functions are changing, so it is necessary to ensure that ALS is kept up to date. The goal should be to fairly integrate good practices and requirements that maintain service efficiency and avoid additional costs. A compensation clause is an important provision in which the service provider agrees to exempt the client company from possible violations of its guarantees. The exemption means that the supplier must pay the customer all third-party procedural costs resulting from the breach of the guarantees. If you use a standard ALS provided by the service provider, it is likely that this provision does not exist.

Ask your in-house advisor to design a simple provision to include it, although the service provider may wish for further negotiations on this issue. Set a good base number. Defining the right measures is only half the fight. To be useful, measures must be set at reasonable and achievable performance levels. In the absence of solid historical measurement data, you should be prepared to review and adjust parameters later through a predefined process specified in ALS. The SLA metrics required depend on the services provided. Many elements can be monitored as part of an ALS, but the scheme should be kept as simple as possible to avoid confusion and excessive costs on both sides. When selecting metrics, check the process and decide what is most important. The more complex the monitoring scheme (and associated corrective measures) is, the less likely it is to be effective because no one will have time to properly analyze the data. If in doubt, opt for the simple collection of metrics; Automated systems are the best, as expensive manual metric input is unlikely to be reliable. The service received by the customer as a result of the service provided is at the heart of the service level agreement. Make sure the metrics reflect factors that are in the service provider`s control.

To motivate good behavior, ALS metrics must reflect factors in the control of the outsourcer. A typical mistake is to penalize the service provider for delays caused by the customer`s lack of performance. If the client. B provides application code change specifications several weeks late, making it unfair and demotivating to keep the service provider on a pre-indicated delivery date. AlS bias by measuring client performance in interdependent actions is a good way to focus on expected results.