Author Archives: Joe the IT Guy

How to Use Kaizen to Drive Service Improvements (Part 2)

Many IT organizations will admit to the fact that they could be somewhat better at getting better, i.e. better at improving operations and services. My previous blog introduced the concept of Kaizen as a philosophy and approach that aids continuous service improvement (CSI). This time around I want to get more practical, talk about the HOWS: […]

How to Use Kaizen to Drive Service Improvements (Part 1)

“Kaizen” might sound like a breakfast roll but don’t be fooled – it’s a philosophy and approach that aids continuous service improvement (CSI). Working in IT is hectic. We have requests to fulfill, changes to make, incidents to fix. Sometimes we’re so overwhelmed with “the day job” that the thought of CSI seems too daunting. […]

8 Top Tips for Upping Your SAM Game and Software Compliance

Many IT organizations think it’s too difficult to take on software asset management (SAM), also called software license management (SLM). They think that it’s too expensive to do (especially when they assume an expensive SAM technology is required), is people intensive, and/or is hard to justify on an ongoing basis. I’m here to tell you […]

Self-Service or Not, What We Can’t Measure Is Important Too

Questions around the performance of IT self-service, compared to more traditional IT support access and communication channels, opens up a “can of worms” re the IT issues that never make it to any IT support channel. Self-service isn’t a new idea anymore, it’s mainstream IT service management (ITSM) behavior. Just about every organization – and, […]

5 Tips for Coping with the Service Desk’s Post-Holiday Rush

Who doesn’t love the holidays? The feeling of goodwill, the great TV, seeing friends and family. How awesome is the holiday period? But here’s the thing, when the first week of work post-holidays rolls around, having chocolate for breakfast and drinking your own body weight in alcohol will become a distant memory once reality sets […]