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Quick Guide to Knowledge Management

This quick guide has been contributed by Mike Simpson of CIH Solutions. The guide discusses how Knowledge Management (KM) can be used to manage risk and control costs in an IT Service Management environment. The guide identifies four ‘hot spots’ based on the author’s experience and outlines common problems and suggests solutions using KM. Introduction Author: Mike Simpson, CIH Solutions As with... 

Enterprise Release Management Tools: Plutora

Introduction Enterprise Release Management is an increasingly prominent discipline, occupying the intersection of technical release management, project delivery and change management. Its focus is on understanding and governing the full portfolio of multi-stream changes, be they quarterly ERP releases, one-off project deliveries or monthly patching. The demands on enterprise level release managers... 

ISO/IEC 20000 – An Opportunity to Grow

This article is a guest post and has been contributed by Drago Topalovic, ITIL & ISO20000 expert.   The first thing to consider when implementing best practices and standards in service management is motive. Why Should We Do It? When you provide IT services, you have to be the BEST you can. In other IT areas like development, infrastructure, and business system deployment, you can perform... 

Podcast Episode 10 – Self Service & Automation

In Episode 10 of the podcast Barclay Rae discusses the Self Service and automation with Simon Kent, Chief Innovation Officer at Sollertis Limited, Doug Tedder, ITSM Consultant at Tedder Consulting LLC  and Eddie Vidal, Manager of the UMIT Service Desk at the University of Miami. Topics include: What is self service? The disconnect between domestic self service and ITSM self service Self service... 

Meet the Reader: Carl Chapman of Capital Support

Carl Chapman, COO at Capital Support Meeting in a coffee shop and sharing a cupcake doesn’t sound like the opening to a discussion on ITSM, but then when meeting Carl Chapman from Capital Support the conversation can traverse many topics from Service Desk to Expectation Management and yet remain firmly rooted in delivery of excellent service to every customer every day. I first met Carl at an SDI... 

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,... 

Support Provision & the Changing Landscape of the Service Desk

Service desk teams provide support and service to company employees, helping them to make the most of the IT assets that the company provides. At least, that was always the role that IT Service Management teams saw themselves providing. The overall goal may not have altered, but how this is fulfilled has been changing. The traditional methods that service desk teams use to demonstrate their value don’t... 

Review: Cherwell for Outside IT 2014

Cherwell Service Management This independent review is part of our Outside IT Review. Outside IT Review Overview and Terms Also participating – Samanage, ServiceNow, TOPdesk To download the full report as a PDF please visit : http://download.itassetmanagement.net/outside-it/   Executive Summary Elevator Pitch Cherwell is an established vendor within the ITSM market, with a particular... 

Review: Outside IT 2014

To download the full report as a PDF please visit : Outside IT 5th August 2014 This is a competitive review of software vendors who offer Outside IT capabilities as part of their IT service management (ITSM) solution. Products reviewed: Cherwell Service Management Samanage ServiceNow TOPdesk   Outside IT 2014 – Best in Class In The ITSM Review’s opinion, ServiceNow is an excellent... 

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... 

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