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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... 

An alternative source of talent for your service desk?

Due to the advances in healthcare and longer life expectancy it is estimated that within 15 years of the date of this article almost a third of the UK workforce will be in the over 50-age bracket. Do you have an apprentice working in your IT department? Perhaps on your Service Desk learning the ropes, planning their rise through the ranks to Database Administrator or Network Engineer? I of course am... 

Hiring the right people for your Service Desk

Hiring people for a service desk is a major challenge, but an important one. Without good people, even the best processes and tools will fail to deliver high quality services and support. So where do you start? Planning out a recruitment process is critical to helping you find the right person quickly. IT Recruitment is complex and requires good project management (although it is a process that rarely... 

The Top Five Worries for IT Service Managers

What keeps you up at night? This article has been contributed by Teon Rosandic, VP EMEA at xMatters. What keeps you up at night? People love to ask business leaders this question. You can find the worries for IT service managers in the headlines of your favorite news sources every day. IT service managers have to contend with everything from routine service tickets to critical connectivity outages.... 

Social IT in the enterprise: Getting past the hype

Can social IT crack open information stuck in departmental silos and improve IT department to business communications? Social IT has generated a lot of hype over the last few years but many organizations have been left wondering how to turn the grand theory into practice – in a way that delivers tangible results for the business. People know what social media is; they just don’t know how to transfer...