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Governance 101: The role of effective Service Management governance in an IT services organisation and the key features of a governance framework

Delivering consistent and quality IT services for customers is not easy – and can be even more challenging – if they are not governed effectively. For example, how can an IT organisation look to improve if it doesn’t measure the amount of service-impacting incidents properly? Take the high profile service outages of several major banks in recent years for example. Their customers were... 

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... 

Change Management – Surviving Implementation

The super power of a change manager is an “invisible shield”, just like Violet from The Incredibles One of the things I’m getting asked about most this year is about getting the basics right – how to actually do change management in the real world. We all know that having good processes in place protect us all, ensures we meet regulatory guidelines and are generally just common... 

Eight Principles for Transforming Cybersecurity

Enterprises today not only have to defend their assets – they must hunt. This article was contributed by Robert Stroud, Vice President at CA Technologies. Just five short years ago, cybercrime represented just 1% of all economic crime (source: PricewaterhouseCoopers, Global State of Information Security Survey, 2011). By 2011, that number jumped to 23%, and we can continue to expect those numbers... 

People and products: we all get old eventually

We all know that as we get older we lose some of our faculties and our usefulness changes. One interesting aspect of ageing workers is that it isn’t just about being good, bad, better or worse. In many jobs – and jobs as diverse as consultancy and bricklaying come to my mind – the actual deliverable usefulness changes as our strength and endurance fade but knowledge and experience grow to... 

The itSMF Norway conference – it’s the one that I want!

itSMF Norway Conference Last week I had a last minute opportunity to attend the itSMF Norway conference in Oslo, and I have to say the stress of booking a flight, packing a bag and leaving my house within the space of an hour was completely 100% worth it. This was easily one of the best ITSM events that I’ve ever attended, both in terms of quality of content and overall experience, and one that I... 

The Coming Workforce: A Case for IT Service Management

Welcome to the Millenial generation With the Boomer generation set to retire en mass, IT organizations are faced with the unprecedented brain drain of institutional knowledge. Generation X and Millennials have decidedly different work styles and career expectations than previous generations. At the same time, expectations of productivity and customer value generation have never been higher. IT organizations... 

The ITSM Diet

I am undergoing a very personal transformational change right now. I am trying to learn how to eat in the real world and maintain a healthy weight. I had really let myself go. No exercise, eating too much, eating the wrong things and not caring. The results: 360 lbs.; the inability to walk at least 50 feet without wheezing; acid reflux; and an impressive expanding waistline. I felt horrible. My body... 

How to conduct an ITSM assessment that actually means something

ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library), a standard framework for managing the lifecycle of IT Services, is sweeping the U.S.   Based on a 2011 analysis of 23 ITIL studies, Rob England concluded that the compound annual growth in ITIL adoption was 20%± and that ITIL training attendance increased at a compound annual rate of 30% for the past ten years.  Despite this apparent surge... 

Moving Beyond ITSM Maturity Assessments

Maturity assessments are popular for kick-starting ITSM initiatives. It allows an organization to spot gaps and prioritize areas for improvement. However, the half-life of a maturity assessment is remarkably short and the impact of the glossy report can quickly fade. The key messages and compelling recommendations can soon be lost in the noise of other projects and new fires to fight. What stops the... 

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