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Social Meet Up: 30th April

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 Thompson and Rebecca Beach included), but I figured there would still be enough coolness in London to make a good get together. Full... 

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... 

Case Study: Domtar decimate ITSM tool configuration costs with codeless

CLICK TO ENLARGE One of the first articles we published on the ITSM Review back in 2011 described the market shift from consulting-heavy customized ITSM projects to the simplicity of ‘configure it yourself’ SaaS based offerings, and in particular the significant change in cost structure (‘The ITSM Pricing Ouch-o-meter). Agile ITSM Once upon a time the ability of suppliers to ‘darken the... 

2013: A Year in ITSM Review

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! As 2013 begins to draw to a close, I thought it would be nice to finish off the year with a final article that’s an overview of what has happened at the ITSM Review over the last 12 months.  That’s right, this will be our last post for 2013 because the entire team is heading off to fill their faces with mince pies and sherry. But don’t worry we’ll be back... 

Assessment Criteria – Change, Config and Release

Today we begin our competitive analysis of Change, Config and Release.  As with previous reviews our goal will be to highlight the key strengths, competitive differentiators and innovation in the industry. Widely recognised as key to the successful preservation of production systems, the ITSM processes of Change, Config and Release are perceived as pivotal to maintaining the integrity and stability... 

Integrations 2013 Group Test – The Results

This is a competitive review of software products and vendors who offer integrations to other technologies and data sources. Products reviewed: Absolute Software BDNA Bomgar Cherwell EasyVista LANDesk ManageEngine Matrix42 Nexthink ServiceNow Download Review (Free PDF, No Registration Required – 605kb, 12 Pages) Integrations 2013 Best in Class Integrations 2013 Group Test Best in Class: BDNA BDNA.... 

The 2014 ITSM Tools Universe

2014 ITSM Tools Universe: Runners, riders, market share and market focus for the whole ITSM Tools market Today we kick off our 2014 ITSM Tools Universe research in which we will be looking at the multitude of tools out there that claim to help with the management of Information Technology Services; from one function tools through to the ‘all-singing-all-dancing’ suites. Why invest in ITSM... 

Patrick Bolger talks “why we have to do Agile NOW”

Patrick Bolger, Chief Evangelist at Hornbill Service Management, provides a summary of his presentation for the itSMF UK Conference and Exhibition entitled “The Good, the Bad, and the Agile”. Patrick discusses the need for Agile, it’s benefits, and why it’s not just for software development. He also looks at how the IT landscape has changed in the past decade – it was once... 

Kepner Tregoe: Working together on Problem Management

Steve White, Senior Consultant at Kepner Tregoe discusses his interactive session at the itSMF UK Conference and Exhibition entitled “Igniting Problem Management with Pre-emptive Successes”. In this video Steve invites people to come along to his session to share both their Problem Management successes and current issues. With powerpoint banned, Steve’s session aims to facilitate... 

Service Management at the speed of light

ServiceNow recently held a three-city European forum. The event was a compact version of the larger ‘Knowledge’ event held in the US and a chance for customers to share experiences and hear from ServiceNow bigwigs. I found the most fascinating session of the day was from Reinoud Martens, Service Manager at CERN, the home of particle accelerators and clever physicists searching for the origins...