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Governance 101: The role of effective Service Management governance in an IT services organisation and the key features of a governance framework

Delivering consistent and quality IT services for customers is not easy – and can be even more challenging – if they are not governed effectively. For example, how can an IT organisation look to improve if it doesn’t measure the amount of service-impacting incidents properly? Take the high profile service outages of several major banks in recent years for example. Their customers were... 

Guest Post: Practical ways to end the DevOps – IT Service Management Stand-Off

There’s some great dialog in the final standoff between Batman and the Joker in the movie The Dark Knight. It’s no-rules anarchy versus incorruptibility – “this is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object”- as the Joker maniacally puts it. In some ways it’s analogous to the friction existing between development and IT service management (ITSM) – especially how... 

How predictive analytics have turned Incident Management on its head

Predictive analytics is set to turn the world of IT service management, and in particular Incident Management, on its head. After all, it has already done this for IT Capacity Planning, where it is now possible to predict and avoid future incidents at a workload level. Within IT capacity planning, forecasting (predicting, if you like) has always been a key feature of the discipline. It was used... 

Guest Post from TOPdesk; SHIFT LEFT (LEFT) AND KCS: WORKING TOWARDS BETTER SERVICES

Joost Wapenaar is a Technical Product Consultant at TOPdesk, as well as the Project Manager for the implementation of KCS within the Support department. This is his take on using the shift left principle to empower others. Background Our Support department receives around 5,000 calls every month. Our 40-strong group, who catch and resolve these calls as efficiently as they can, were given a rating... 

The Holy Trinity of IT Service Management

People, technology and process are the compounds that construct the IT Service Management triumvirate. Having already identified the technology trends, and in particular how predictive analytics will impact incident management, what can we say about the other two members of this very exclusive club? While process tends to lead the way, it needs people to champion it, and technology to support it.... 

ITIL Practitioner: Thoughts on the experience so far

Does ITIL Practitioner live up to the hype? Having followed the teasers, blog posts, promotional videos and (some of the) discussions during 2015 I find the question difficult to answer, even after reading the book and taking the certification exam. In fact, it might be stretching it to call it a hype, even though the press release stated that it was the “most significant evolution in the ITIL best... 

DevOps and ITIL: Why Can’t We Be Friends?

The IT world we know and love exists today thanks to the bedrock of the IT community: ITIL, the IT Infrastructure Library. Since ITIL’s inception 26 years ago, the world has changed and an app exists for everything – shopping, messaging, ride sharing, or just staying connected via social media. We’re in the midst of a new technological age. This evolution has been guided by agile methodology... 

What Top Athletes and IT Managers Have in Common

For centuries, athletes have shared one common goal: to win. No matter the sport, the best athletes face strict regimens, long hours, setbacks and victories, remaining agile through it all, in order to achieve their goals. Today’s top-performing, globally competitive and increasingly technology driven businesses are no different. Nowhere is this athletic nature more apparent than in a business’... 

How to Transition from a Reactive to Proactive Support Center

 This article has been contributed by Sid Suri, Vice President of Marketing for Atlassians’s JIRA Service Desk.  Sid Suri, Vice President of Marketing for Atlassian’s JIRA Service Desk For years, support centers have focused on reacting to problems. According to research from SDI (Service Desk Institute), 67% of of a service desk’s time is spent firefighting. This reactive... 

ITIL Roles – Which Roles Can Be Filled By One Person?

Neven Zitek, SPAN Just by looking at the sheer number of ITIL functions and roles may leave you wondering – how do you fit a limited number of IT staff into so many roles? It’s obvious that one person will act in several roles, but how do you optimally combine them? Of course, it all depends on the size of your organization, and which ITIL processes that you’ve implemented, but none of that changes...