Archive of month: November 2013

Engagement

If you look at the descriptions of Critical Success Factors associated with ITSM adoptions, the first one on almost any list is Management Commitment. Sounds good…until you try to figure out exactly what that means… Management Commitment is more than just the willingness to train people, or buy software, or even have big Communications strategies […]
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Training vs learning?

Like many other ITIL instructors, I spend a fair amount of my time teaching certification classes. That said, keep in mind that for ITIL implementations to work, it requires the right combination of people, process, and technology. Can your teams effectively leverage your tools and processes to support a workflow that delivers sustained, aligned services? […]
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ITIL implies choices

A mistake many people make trying to use ITIL guidance is expecting it to be explicitly prescriptive (in other words, a step by step procedural how-to). That’s not what it’s intended to do. ITIL at its most useful describes a way of thinking about the work we do (from the point of view of our […]
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ITIL implementation — the big picture

I’m currently helping to support a large scale introduction of the ITIL processes (at least some of them) to a large military organization. While there is a lot of focus on the blocking and tacking around processes, supporting tools, and the like, it never seems to amaze me how every one of these adoptions are […]
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Certification training vs tools

A number of our customers are struggling with how to implement training programs to support their service management initiative. Many approach the training need from a tools point-of-view. In other words, train them on using the Change management tools, not on the process itself. While understanding how to effectively leverage and use your tools is […]
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Does cloud computing spell death to ITIL?

I recently overheard someone suggest that cloud computing could be “the death of ITIL.” This underscores a claim I’ve made for some time…that most people STILL think of ITIL as “an operations thing.” Certainly, cloud providers will continue to need to use mature, well-underpinned processes to manage the applications, storage, infrastructure, and facilities that the […]
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Making sense of cloud computing – Part 1

One of our customers asked us to produce a short course on Cloud Computing. While it’s always easy to chalk this up to yet another round of IT Buzzword BINGO, the business models driving the interest in cloud computing are real, important, and must be understood if you want to be able to sustain your […]
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