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Surviving the end of a Change Freeze

Happy New Year to all our readers and especially to all the Change Managers out there. Why especially Change Managers? Well this week is “back to work” week for most people following the end of the Christmas break as well as the end of any Change freeze / restrictions. This means that not only are our poor Change Managers dealing with the January blues; they’re dealing with the floodgates... 

Happy Christmas!

In the immortal words of Noddy Holder, it’s Christmaaaaaaaas!!  Happy Christmas to all our fabulous readers from everyone here at the ITSM Review. We hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and a brilliant 2016. For shift workers and all our readers who have to work over the Christmas break, we’ve put together a little care package to keep you going. Some of it’s work, some of it’s fun and... 

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... 

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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A mature process doesn’t necessarily meet customer needs. A quick guide to Net Promoter Score (NPS)

Dave O’Reardon (Left) itSMF Australia Innovation of the Year award winner, and Aprill Allen (Right) – @knowledgebird Many IT leaders are already familiar with the kinds of surveys the common support tools send out on ticket closure. But, it turns out, we may not be going about it the best way. This year’s winner of itSMF Australia’s Innovation of the Year was Dave O’Reardon. Dave... 

ITSM – Crossing the SAM Divide

As can be seen from the literature and marketing brochures of many Service Management tool providers, the appeal to cross the border and reach into the Software Asset Management space is proving very difficult to resist, and there is some merit to the approach: Inventory agents for SAM report the same data as inventory agents for ITSM, so if an ITSM tool is already in place, why not use it and save... 

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...