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Newsflash: Using the new Facebook feature – ‘911 bot’ might just save your life

Hi, I’m Vawns Murphy and I’m addicted to social media. I’m forever checking my phone, updating both my personal and my work Twitter feed and I do the annoying mammy thing of posting endless pictures of my kids. Sometimes it’s the three of them looking angelic in their school uniforms but more often than not, it’s to apologise to everyone who lives near me and reassure them that no, the cat... 

Service Desk Rockstars – Retail Assist wins SDI Best Managed Service Desk Award

Nottingham based company Retail Assist, has won the globally recognised ‘Best Managed Service Desk’ Award at the Service Desk Institute’s (SDI) Annual IT Service and Support Awards. If you’ve not heard of Retail Assist before, they provide managed services for the retail sector and some of the brands they support are Pizza Hut, Vue Cinemas, Cath Kidston, Karen Millen, White Stuff and Oasis. The... 

ITIL® Practitioner Guidance publication and PDF formats – now available!

*** Sounds Klaxon *** The sparkly ITIL® Practitioner Guidance publication and PDF formats are now available! If you’re planning on sitting the new ITIL® Practitioner course and exam; you can now get some pre reading in. You can check out the official press release from ITIL towers below or you can order the books directly by following this link. PRESS RELEASE – ITIL Practitioner Guidance... 

itSMF Czech Republic 2016 Conference

It’s the Czech Republic baby! The itSMF Czech Republic will be holding their annual conference next month – the first big ITSM event for 2016 – how exciting is that? Here’s what we know so far: About the conference The aim of this year’s conference is to help senior management in both private companies and public organisations optimise performance using best practice,... 

Injecting some ITSM goodness into the itSMF UK

After an action packed few days at the itSMF UK conference last week, I was lucky enough to catch up with itSMF UK CEO Barclay Rae for a quick chat about life the universe and everything, or in our case, IT, SDI, AXELOS and the sparkly new ITIL practitioner qualification. Barclay Rae, The Service Desk Inspector The Conference has been a big focus over recent weeks and has been generally seen as a huge... 
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Getting my geek on; the new ITIL Practitioner qualification

So here’s the thing. One of the main bugbears I have with ITIL V3 is how focused the courses are on passing exams rather than what works in real life. I was lucky enough to sit down with some of the chaps from AXELOS towers during ITSM15, COO Chris Barrett and  head of ITSM Kaimar Karu, so here’s what we know about the brand new ITIL practitioner qualification which aims to change just... 

itSMF UK Conference 2015 Preview

Roll up, roll up! It’s one of the biggest events in the UK ITSM calendar next week as it’s the annual itSMF UK conference! We are proud to be media partners so here is a preview of coming attractions!   There are 4 tracks for the conference: Track 1: Change & Collaboration Track 2: Cloud & Service Integration Track 3: People & Skills Track 4: Service Culture & Customer Experience   Introducing... 

Tesco: every little (extra IT management) helps

Business process company xMatters has announced a partnership with Tesco’s Technology division to help update its communications platform for managing IT incidents. Tesco: first store opened in 1929, some operations have been updated since the firm’s earliest days The objective here for Tesco was increased visibility of IT incidents across its technology platforms globally. The new upgrades... 

The Only Way Is: Essex County Council ITSM

The only way is…. ITSM Essex County Council might not have its own glamorous television series dedicated to the highs and lows experienced on its own personal IT Service Management (ITSM) journey, yet. But… the organisation has been doing admirable work in this field and helping (to some degree) local government overcome budget challenges Excellence through ITIL The council points out... 

An ITIL Evolution: New ITIL Practitioner Qualification From AXELOS

It has been heralded as the ‘most significant’ evolution in the ITIL best practice framework since the launch of AXELOS, but what is it? The new ITIL Practitioner Qualification has been announced this week at the ITSM Leadership Congress in Singapore. ITIL Practitioner  is being developed to help organizations and individuals increase the value they obtain from using ITIL by offering additional...