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Live from Knowledge14 – ServiceNow preview Kanban visual task boards

Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco, home of Knowledge14 I’m in sunny San Francisco, California for ServiceNow’s annual user conference; Knowledge14. ServiceNow are expecting a mind boggling 6,000 attendees over the next few days – making it arguably the largest worldwide event in the ITSM field. Knowledge14 also includes 300 specialist breakout seminars and lab sessions and includes an expo... 

Things I didn’t learn in ITIL school

While at the Pink Elephant Conference back in February, I successfully completed an ITIL intermediate class/exam and the really cool part of this is, that I’ve been able to use the knowledge gained in the course to change my company’s adoption plan and help streamline our strategy. I was discussing this sequence of events and outcomes with colleagues. Our conversation kept circling back to the... 

Change Management – Surviving Implementation

The super power of a change manager is an “invisible shield”, just like Violet from The Incredibles One of the things I’m getting asked about most this year is about getting the basics right – how to actually do change management in the real world. We all know that having good processes in place protect us all, ensures we meet regulatory guidelines and are generally just common... 

Eight Principles for Transforming Cybersecurity

Enterprises today not only have to defend their assets – they must hunt. This article was contributed by Robert Stroud, Vice President at CA Technologies. Just five short years ago, cybercrime represented just 1% of all economic crime (source: PricewaterhouseCoopers, Global State of Information Security Survey, 2011). By 2011, that number jumped to 23%, and we can continue to expect those numbers... 

Agile CSI: continual service improvement done right

Don’t worry. I am not going to rant on about hypothetical methods or visionary statements. I will not explain why agile is important for the ITSM industry, nor will I explain why agility is crucial for business survival. After all, these are no-brainers, right? I will only use your valuable time to illustrate a practical experience on implementing continual service improvement (CSI), the agile way. In... 

Podcast Episode 2: 'Hot tables' at SITS, ITSM Industry News, CSI and Barclay in his onesie?

Thanks to our friends at ManageEngine for sponsoring this podcast. Episode 2 of The ITSM Review Podcast! Hosted by Barclay Rae and Rebecca Beach. Special Guest: Stuart Rance from Optimal Service Management ITSM Industry News HDI ‘Hot Tables’ at SITS 29th – 30th April, London ITSM Social Gathering 30th April London Knowledge ’14 April 27 – May 1, San Franscisco Tools Market... 

Change and Release Management: What are they? What’s missing?

Daniel Breston This article was contributed by Daniel Breston, Consultant at Qriosity Limited. I was recently challenged by Mike Orzen (co-founder of Lean in IT practises and my mentor) to answer a simple question: what do you think the purpose of change and release management is in ITIL or any other IT best practice framework? I started by asking what aren’t they? Change is not about doing the... 

Building the business case for configuration management

Carlos Casanova This article has been contributed by Carlos Casanova from K2 Solutions Group.  At last year’s itSMF USA conference in Nashville I had the pleasure of meeting Dagfinn Krog from itSMF Norway. We had a great conversation regarding configuration management and The Phoenix Project by Gene Kim, and during the conversation, there were some references to attending the conference in Norway,... 

Social Meet Up: 30th April

This social meet up has now taken place. Thanks to all who joined us. We will post information about our next social meet up soon. Given that the annual IT service desk and support show (SITS) is nearly upon us, I figured it made sense to schedule a social meet up for all the cool kids for straight after the event. Of course some of the cool kids will be in San Francisco for Knowledge14 (our own Martin... 

Technology Review: Solarwinds Web Help Desk (WHD) V 12.1

This is an independent review of Solarwinds Web Help Desk, reviewed in March 2014. AT A GLANCE A global leader in the market of service automation software and remote management SolarWinds mission is to provide purpose-built products designed to make IT professional’s jobs easier. This review takes a look at the core capabilities, the route to market, competitive strengths and weaknesses, product...