Event Listing: Service Manager Dag – User Central

The ITSM Review are excited to be confirmed as official media partners for Service Manager Dag’s upcoming event – User Central being held on 17th March 2016 in The Netherlands.



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This is the 15th Event hosted by Service Manager Dag. Their events are renowned for bringing different cultures, notable personalities and wonderful experiences under one roof.

This year’s conference theme is User Central consisting of keynotes, presentations, case studies and workshops on subjects as diverse as user experience (UX / CX), customer journeys, design thinking, service management, agile business, DevOps practice stories, and much more. 

The event will be attended by a vast array of expert speakers including; David CannonCharles Betz, Jurgen Appelo, Peter Lijnse, Nelli Serifovski and Tine Peeters

Sponsoring the event are: Yacht, TOPdesk, PINK and fencerit and we are joined by IT-Infra, ag, informatie, BiSL, itSMF NL, Van Haren and KIVI as Media Partners.

This is a unique opportunity to hear from experts directly, sharing their knowledge and experiences and to connect with industry peers.

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WHAT: User Central 

WHERE: NS Trefpunt Te Utrecht. Laan van Puntenburg 100 3511 ER Utrecht – The Netherlands.

WHEN: 17th March 2016 (08:30 – 18:00)

WHO: Service Manager Dag

HOW TO BOOK: Click Here


We’re looking forward to attending and covering this event and hope to see you there!


Webinar: How IT Service Management Delivers Business Efficiency

Join our own Vawns Murphy and hear from Independent Market leaders about what businesses are adopting for IT Service Management and Business Process efficiency.


On 19th November 2015, Cased Dimensions, Microsoft and Vawns Murphy from the ITSM Review will deliver a webinar to outline how large and small businesses are aligning Business Process with IT Service Management Process to enable Business Agility, Automation and Business Productivity.

People are any business’s most expensive asset. Attend this short webinar to find our how you can empower your team to be more productive. Business productivity benefits are enabled by applying industry best practice process frameworks through Microsoft Collaborative technologies.

Additional financial and agility benefits can be driven through virtualisation of your IT Platform.

Cased Dimensions, Microsoft & ITSM Review

WHEN:  Thursday 19th November 2015, 1.00pm – 2.00pm GMT

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: IT Decision Makers, Service Desk Managers, IT Directors

REGISTER: http://www.caseddimensions.com/microsoft-enterprise-itsm-webinar/


SIAM for beginners

6196173097_a18978e6bc_zAhead of our joint workshop with the BCS on the 17th of November we speak with 2 experts to discuss all things SIAM, people & culture.

Podcast Guests:

Dave Kelsey, BCS 

Steve Morgan, Syniad Solutions Ltd

Podcast Topics:

  • SIAM Skills Workshop
  • What is SIAM?
  • The interest in SIAM
  • When is SIAM right for me?
  • Culture change
  • What skills do I need for SIAM?
  • What’s available in the market?
  • Are service providers adapting to the demand for SIAM?

Find out more about the workshop here or via the BCS event page.

ITAM Review and ITSM Review Feeds


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SIAM Skills Workshop – Free Half Day Event

Tuesday 17th November 2015. 12.00pm to 4.30pm, BCS Offices, London.

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Following the success of the first SAM Skills workshop, The SIAM Skills Workshop is a free to attend, joint event brought to you by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and the ITSM Review.

Run over an afternoon, starting over an informal lunch, we invite you to join us for an independent Service Integration and Management (SIAM) skills workshop that will discuss the very latest skills requirements for ITSM professionals and an opportunity to network with peers.

You’ll learn of SIAM best practice from both expert speakers and your industry peers, key topics include:

  • When is SIAM suitable?
  • How do you build a SIAM practice?
  • How do you sell the concept to senior management?
  • How to tell when SIAM is not working and how to address key failings?

*Full agenda will be confirmed soon*



Event Summary

WHAT: SIAM Skills Workshop

WHEN: 17th November 2015, 12.00pm – 4.30pm

WHERE: BCS, London Office (London, WC2E 7HA)

HOW TO BOOK & MORE INFO: https://events.bcs.org/book/1765/

Coming Soon: Incident Management Group Test

Next on the chopping block for our independent reviews: The workhorse of ITSM; Incident Management
Next on the chopping block for our independent reviews: The workhorse of ITSM; Incident Management

Our next Group Test will explore the core deliverable of Service Management:

Incident Management.

Our Group Tests review and compare the features and strengths of technology for a particular use case.

The aim of the review is to support prospective buyers with their selection process by providing features to consider when selecting service desk tooling and highlighting key competitive differentiators between products.

Previous Group Tests:


Review Topic areas:

  • Incident logging, categorization & automation options
  • System access options (web, fat client, mobile, etc)
  • Incident tracking and lifecycle
  • Prioritizing and escalating incidents
  • Major incidents
  • Applying industry models and frameworks
  • Incident closure
  • Reporting and analytics
  • Interaction/workflow with Problem Management
  • Logging non-IT related incidents, incident management beyond the service desk

The research will highlight competitive differentiators; feature key strengths and showcase innovation within each product. Once reviewed, we will crown one Vendor “Best in Class” and the “leader” in Incident Management.

For more information on the assessment please contact us.

Subscribe to the ITSM Review newsletter or follow us on Twitter to receive a notification when the research is published.

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2-Speed ITSM

5837174879_ce6a5e647c_z-2IT and ITSM are at a crossroads, where they are being pulled in several directions. On the one hand there is high demand to speed up, be innovative and engaging, yet they must also ‘keep the lights on’ and protect the IT assets of their organisations and customers.

With the spread and complexity of technology and searing the pace of change, most IT organisations need to wake up to the fact that they can’t do both of these things. They really can’t do it all, certainly not with old legacy organisations based around 80s and 90s technologies and structures.

So, how do we manage to solve the ‘2-speed’ dilemma? How can we deliver new innovations and speed up our delivery times, whilst still delivering value through accountable, sustainable and robust systems and processes? We need to respond more quickly and with ‘agility’, yet we also need to do the basics of e.g. ITSM well – and better than they ‘ve been done before.

How can IT departments re-invent themselves? Its difficult for many IT people in large or heavily process driven organisation to appreciate some of the ‘new’ concepts like ‘DevOps’ – since this has been effective and valuable to new thrusting and entrepreneurial companies – particularly in the technology sector. It’s a far cry from a cool Cloud start-up in the Bay area to a local council in Sheffield, or a long established insurance company in Merseyside.  Of course all organisations differ in terms of focus and maturity but at some point all companies and enterprises will face the challenge – that many are already facing – of how to balance safety and security with energy and speed. Those that don’t face the challenge will lose competitiveness, or cost effectiveness, or both. The 2-speed dilemma is here to stay.

Whilst there are many current challenges – there are also several opportunities that can tune 2-speed ITSM into win-win ITSM.

So what do we need to do? Here are some key points:

  • Focus has to be on business outcomes and customer experience, which can then help to define key IT elements and services that are needed to support these. In order to do this properly we need to engage with our customers and define and map our services in terms of supply chain and value chain – ie who does what, where are the costs and real ‘nuggets’ of IT value.
  • The discovery work required in defining these ‘services’ will also identify areas where there is the opportunity for cost reduction, automation and improved speed of service, via removal of administrative tasks – e.g. things like request management, equipment ordering , provisioning and procurement.
  • The key is how to prioritise – if we can’t do everything ourselves (and most IT organisations can’t) then we need to use automation, delegation and multi-sourcing to take care of commodity and time-consuming work in order to be able to focus on strategic and high-value work.
  • There are now many excellent tools that can provide this and which also meet the millennial generation’s requirements for more self-determination and automated interaction – e.g. self logging, self-healing. Many outdated, slow and costly processes and bottlenecks can be replaced with slick, automated ordering, approval and provisioning tools that run quickly and efficiently at a fraction of the current cost.
  • Also, many traditional ITSM tools have been transformed as collaboration tools using ‘social’ type interfaces. As a result there has been a significant increase in the use of these tools in back-office service areas beyond IT – e.g. HR, Finance, Marketing, Legal. There has been a consolidation of portals and catalogues for all of these areas into a single functional interface – which has been made possible by the improvement in User Interface and simple configurability of these tools.
  • Significantly this is enabling IT departments to become positive ‘can-do’ enablers and solution providers, rather than the isolated and non-communicative ‘guys in the basement’ from the past. The challenge to engage and the opportunity of new technology have combined to offer IT the change to re-invent itself…
  • Finally there is also a more mature and ‘joined up approach’ to managing the various lelves of outsourced or multi-sourced services that IT departments (and other teams through shadow IT) have evolved into managing. Multiple Service Integration and SIAM (Service Integration and Management) are emerging as new mantras for IT organisations to use to finally get control and also deliver business value.
  • This requires some re-thinking and refreshing os skills and roles – with more commercial focus and relationship management required.

IT is now effectively a supply chain business and part of its evolution involves growing pains – this is a great time of opportunity for IT and those that grasp this and see the future will definitely cement their place in it.

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Transforming User Experience – 6th March, London

The ITSM Review are holding a free seminar in central London this March entitled Transforming User Experience – Enterprise Service Management and Self Service, which will help to address this subject. For more information click here