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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... 

Imprivata Case Study: Why Limit the Service Desk to IT?

Imprivata is a leading provider of authentication and access management solutions for the healthcare industry. Recall the last time you visited a hospital or medical center, or perhaps watched your favorite medical drama. Health care professionals working in a busy medical environment don’t have time for usernames and passwords to access electronic medical records across multiple IT systems.... 

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... 

ITSM Industry News Roundup – Incl JP Morgan Chase Hack

No time to read all the interesting news and info floating around social media and appearing in your inbox? Read our round up of what we’ve found interesting this week. Why You Should Drop Staff Who Are Not Cloud Savvy – Cliff Saran explains why CIO’s need to lose traditional staff not ready to move to the cloud. Read more here Understanding Services – It’s Not Really Magic – Ryan Ogilvie... 

Live from LEADit, Conference Review

Meeting April Allen (@knowledgebird) at LEADit – the itSMFA conference DAY ONE I’m at the itSMF Australia LEADit conference in Melbourne. It started with a buzz of excitement with a healthy turnout of 674 expected during the 3 days. The opening ceremony from itSMFA Chair Kathryn Heaton and Australian politician Gordon Rich-Phillips were very positive about the state of ITSM in Australia and... 

Live from LEADit: REA smashing IT department stereotypes

I’m at ‘LeadIT‘, itSMF Australia’s annual conference. In this article I share how REA have transformed the image of their IT department. Nigel Dalton keynoted at LeadIT and Damian Fasciani led a breakout session. How REA transformed IT There’s a certain stereotype that comes to mind when we talk about enterprise IT support teams; it’s a bunch of dudes, (usually), sitting... 

Technology Review: EasyVista

This is a review of the EasyVista ITSM solution. The product (set) reviewed was: EasyVista ServiceManager EasyVista Service-Apps EasyVista Click2Get These collectively make up ‘EasyVista.com’ – the product set reviewed will be released on July 1st 2014. At a glance EasyVista is an established and growing player in the ITSM industry – from an initial start in 1988 through to a floated business... 

Things I didn’t learn in ITIL school

While at the Pink Elephant Conference back in February, I successfully completed an ITIL intermediate class/exam and the really cool part of this is, that I’ve been able to use the knowledge gained in the course to change my company’s adoption plan and help streamline our strategy. I was discussing this sequence of events and outcomes with colleagues. Our conversation kept circling back to the... 

Stop Blaming Release Management!

When releases fail, we often point a finger at the release manager, expecting that person to make the necessary corrections to prevent similar failures in the future.  In doing so, we miss the real target – the service delivery flow.  This flow, with its many inputs, is in disarray in most organizations and the solution seems daunting.  This article proposes that there is a simple, inexpensive,... 

Is Darth Vadar in your ITSM project?

When I started my current role of Total Quality Manager, my CIO lovingly dubbed me “Darth Vader”. In his view, Darth is the ultimate project manager and the CIO wanted the same qualities in me. The CIO needed me to brutally prioritize tasks, make decisions based on data, honor commitments, manage risk, be persuasive, take on the big problems, and not be afraid to get my hands dirty. Recently, the... 

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