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Back to basics: Why your change fell at the first hurdle

“If you don’t give us this information, we’ll make bad decisions which ultimately expose the business to unnecessary risk due to operational instability or sacrifice our responsiveness to changing business demands.” Hands up if, as a change manager, you’ve seen some truly horrendous change requests? Changes so mangled and broken that their only conceivable purpose could be to serve... 

ITSM Tools Universe Preview: How aligned are ITSM tool vendors to their customers?

Rebecca Beach has been locked away in ITSM Review labs reviewing technology and crunching numbers for the last few months in preparation for our ITSM Tools Universe research. I am very pleased to say that we’ll be lifting the lid on the research in the next few weeks. In this article I’ll provide a quick preview. How customizable is your ITSM tool? ITSM Review readers have told us the ability... 

Building a CSI culture

Melbourne Skyline (Wikipedia): the 17th National LEADit Conference to be held Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 August 2014. I’ll be delivering a presentation on Continual Service Improvement (CSI) at the LeadIT conference run by itSMF Australia in August. I wanted to talk about CSI because I think it’s one of the biggest opportunities we have to create value for our customers, and most organizations I... 

How to use rapid communications to meet customer service goals using SLAs

Teon Rosandic This article has been contributed by Teon Rosandic, VP EMEA at xMatters. IT leaders and engineers certainly have their hands full with ever more sophisticated internal customers who are more empowered and easily disappointed than ever.  They are placing greater demands to “get it right” and deliver immediate access to information, products and services. End users want to... 

How Does Your Helpdesk Solution Contribute To The Health Of Your Overall IT Infrastructure?

Given everyone’s reliance on technology, a helpdesk solution is an integral part of your organization’s IT infrastructure. Naturally, with a helpdesk you picture skilled IT technicians assisting end-users with workstation issues. While this might be the main purpose of a helpdesk, it goes beyond IT support tasks and actually helps you oversee the health of all your IT resources. In essence, your... 

IT Maturity: Chasing rainbows?

It is surprising just how many organisations do NOT monitor their IT maturity. Where are we? Is it going up, or down? In fact an even more basic question is: exactly what is IT Maturity and is it an integer, percentage, score or grade? It’s difficult to put a finger on what it looks like, and what the final output ‘Score’ is.  It reminds me of the famous book and film ‘The Hitchhiker’s... 

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... 

The secret to change success – understanding multiple perspectives

People are both the problem and the answer A recent Forrester consulting study (commissioned by automation vendor Chef and downloadable from their website at the link above) found that 40% of Fortune 1000 IT leaders report first time change success rates below 80% (or they simply didn’t know what the first time change success rate was at all), with another 37% stating their first time change success... 

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