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How to Transition from a Reactive to Proactive Support Center

 This article has been contributed by Sid Suri, Vice President of Marketing for Atlassians’s JIRA Service Desk.  Sid Suri, Vice President of Marketing for Atlassian’s JIRA Service Desk For years, support centers have focused on reacting to problems. According to research from SDI (Service Desk Institute), 67% of of a service desk’s time is spent firefighting. This reactive... 

ITSM Conferences & Events

I find attending conferences and events extremely useful. There is a wealth of experience and knowledge in the shape of industry experts, vendors and people like you and me who have already gone through those pain points we are currently dealing with. All we have to do is listen, take notes and grab handouts. Useful as conferences are I, like many of you, do not always have the ability to take a day... 

Industry News Roundup Incl IT4IT Forum Launch

No time to read all the interesting news and info floating around social media and appearing in your inbox? Read our news roundup of what we’ve found interesting this week. Why Shell, BP & PwC Teamed Up To Launch Platform-Neutral IT4IT Forum – Archana Venkatraman at Computer Weekly reports that Shell, BP and PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), along with IT suppliers Microsoft, IBM and HP, have... 

Podcast Episode 5: SDI Winners "Less about IT and more about Service"

Thanks to our friends at SysAid for sponsoring this podcast. Episode 5 of the ITSM Review podcast hosted by Barclay Rae and Rebecca Beach. Guests: Karen Taylor, Service Delivery, CoSocius [Winner: Best Large Service Desk] Kirsty Watson, Service Manager, O2 UK [Winner: SDI 5 Star Accreditation] Sarah Lahav, CEO, SysAid Technologies [Winner: Best Vendor Customer Service Award] Agenda This podcast... 

SDI Annual Conference

Last year’s conference We are excited to announce that we will be the Social Partner for the annual SDI Conference, 17-18 June 2014, at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham, UK. What you can expect 6 keynote presentations covering a multitude topics – motivation, customer service, change, team building, IT challenges and the future of work Several breakout sessions featuring both well-known... 

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... 

Is there such a thing as the "ITSM Community"?

Does a happy, successful “ITSM Community” exist? As you may know in February Rebecca and I attended the annual Pink Elephant conference in Las Vegas.  Post-event there is always (as you would expect) a lot to talk about, such as how well the event was run, the content, the amazing people and networking opportunities. But I’ve done that already, so now I want to focus on something... 

SDI Software Showcase: Here Comes the Sun

No more cloud… please! Wednesday 23rd October was SDI’s Service Desk Software Showcase held at ThinkTank Birmingham. A crash on the M5 motorway and some technical difficulties meant that things kicked off a little later than scheduled, but it gave me a good chance to mingle and find out what other attendees were hoping to take away from the day even if that was just a nice Danish (which... 

You don't need to be a Genius or a Guru to offer a Personal Service Desk

A Genius Bar for the Service Desk, could it work? You’ll surely be familiar with the ancient Chinese curse “may you live in interesting times”. Well, those working in IT these days are so beset with “interesting” challenges that they might be justified in feeling that they accidentally offended some Chinese ancestors in a previous life. One thing about working in IT – it’s... 

CGI/Logica gains 5-star Service Desk Institute accreditation

Tessa Troubridge, Managing Director, SDI Logica is positively beaming with a friendly welcoming smile this month after receiving news that it has been awarded 5-star certification by the Service Desk Institute (SDI) for its UK service desk. Now part of CGI Group Inc. as a trading entity, this is apparently the first time that any organisation has achieved the 5-star standard. The CGI/LogicaUK service... 

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