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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... 

Mobile: the new frontier for self-service

Artificial Intelligence on the service desk [Holly from RedDwarf]Google searches performed on a mobile device outstripped desktop searches (in certain territories), according to figures released last week. That’s an important milestone in the meteoric use of mobile. Of course, the searches refer to global use of Google, including consumers searching for the nearest pizza joint, and are not necessarily... 

Untangling the threads of true service leadership

7 threads of activity – for all leaders of teams, projects and continuous improvement initiatives Philippa Hale and Jean Gamester We all have the choice of whether to lead or follow, whatever our title, whatever the situation. In IT Service Management, we often see providing support as following. However, evidence suggests that we considerably enhance our reputation and delivery if we take the... 

The Scourge of Jargon

This article has been contributed by Chris Lee – currently working with Six Degrees Group who provide integrated managed data services linking people, places and clouds.   “Going forward, and with enough synergy, we can push the envelope on this project. We know it has social currency; we know it’s on brand. Let’s ship it by COP Friday.” We all know someone who talks like this.... 

Certification Spotlight: PMP or ITIL Expert?

I’ve seen various posts and conversations over the last year or so on certification where the recurring question is posed…   PMP or ITIL Expert? Some may consider that the PMP certification is only useful for Project Managers or that the ITIL Expert certification only for ITSM professionals. This would be a limited view on the usefulness of both certifications. Either pursuit will certainly... 

Five Ways to Power Up in Q1 (and make this year your strongest yet!)

Sid Suri, Vice President of Marketing for Atlassian’s JIRA Service Desk This article has been contributed by Sid Suri, Vice President of Marketing for Atlassian’s JIRA Service Desk   Are you ready for 2015? January is behind us—already—and everyone is still scrambling to finish any leftover projects from 2014. Additionally, businesses are knee-deep in forecasting this year’s budgets... 

The End (to-End) is Nigh!

The way we consider, design and operate ‘End-to-End’ IT is about to end, or at least going to go through a fundamental change. There are plenty of evidence points; Shadow IT. Analyst organisational restructures. M&A transactions. Converging technologies. Current cost of I&O. The P&L’s of many organisations. New roles emerging in the enterprise such as the CDO – Chief Data Officer…The... 

Transforming the User Experience

We often hear that we need to do more to transform the ‘experience’ of our IT Customers. Transforming what? Why do we need to do this? Well because so many IT customers and users complain about the quality and level of communications and feedback when dealing with IT departments. This can vary from simply being too slow to respond, or slow to run projects, being negative or resistant to change,... 

Too much Shadow IT? Sunlight is the best disinfectant

“Sunlight is the best disinfectant” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis. Could issues with Shadow IT be addressed by openness and communications? A lot of people confuse the term Shadow IT for something more sinister, something straight out of a Tom Clancy cyber-espionage thriller. If it were so, it’d be so much more cooler, of course, but on the contrary, Shadow IT is something far...