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 [...]

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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 [...]

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7 Top Tips for Effective Inventory Management

In the IT service management (ITSM) world there’s often talk of the need for configuration management and configuration management [...]

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Highly Effective Release Managers

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Release Managers

Aha, the highly-effective series continues. Release management is often a misunderstood process, or capability, with the dividing line [...]

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Awkward DevOps questions

5 Awkward Questions for the Production-End of the DevOps Pipeline

DevOps isn’t just about development, the creation of new code and capabilities, there’s also the need to release to the production [...]

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Enterprise Service Management 101: My Next 5 Tips for Getting Started

Following on from my previous enterprise service management blog, here’s more tips on how to get started. As a quick recap, part 1 [...]

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Enterprise Service Management 101: My First 3 Tips for Getting Started

Enterprise service management – that’s the use of IT service management (ITSM) thinking, principles, best practice processes, and [...]

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Effective Configuration Managers

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Configuration Managers

Configuration management and the configuration management database (CMDB) should play a key part in the IT service management (ITSM) [...]

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ITAM metrics

5 Top Tips for Better ITAM Metrics

IT asset management (ITAM) is a powerful IT management activity that saves your organization time and money and minimizes risk; but all [...]

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Cloud Is Now for Grown-Ups

Public cloud has come a long way since we were all worried about the levels of security and availability associated with the delivery [...]

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User errors

How a User Error Can Be a Constructive Tool

It’s always fun to sit and talk with 2nd line support folks – the ones who actually understand the technological whatsits and [...]

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Effective Knowledge Managers

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Knowledge Managers

Knowledge management is playing an increasingly important part in the IT service management (ITSM) ecosystem, and in keeping businesses [...]

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Two jobs to service management

Service Management Isn’t One Job, It’s Two

Oftentimes it’s the every day things I do in my life that teach me about service management. So let me tell you what happened this [...]

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Theory of Relativity in ITSM

15 Hacks Required to Align ITIL and DevOps

DevOps? ITIL? DevOps versus ITIL? There’s still lots of talk around which approach companies should take. But thankfully, there’s a [...]

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Work in Progress (WIP)

How to Identify and Measure Your Work in Progress (WIP)

If you’ve ever worked in a manufacturing environment, then you certainly know what Work In Progress (WIP) looks like: stacks of [...]

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Service Improvement

Case Study: Using Value Stream Mapping for IT Service Improvement

This was the situation: my customer had a dysfunctional business. It wasn’t a large company, and many employees had been there for [...]

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Effective software asset managers

The 7 Habits of Highly-Effective Software Asset Managers

Many companies still need to manage their software asset investments better – to reduce risks and financial “wastage.” It can be a huge [...]

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Joe

So in case you hadn't worked it out yet, I'm Joe! Hello there. I'm a native New Yorker and I love everything connected to IT service management (ITSM). I'm a passionate blogger and Twitter addict, and I'm also the resident IT guy at SysAid Technologies.