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Event Management Reactive to Proactive

I have been asked by many students, how do you move from that role as the fire fighter resolving incidents to the role of being able to prevent them from occurring in the first place? Much of this has to do with good design and a strong proactive problem management process, but a solid event management process is an excellent offensive weapon in the prevention of impacting incidents in your environment.

Event Management is the process that gives IT the ability to detect events, make sense of them and determine the appropriate control action. It is the basis for our operational monitoring and control. This gives us a way to compare actual performance against what was designed and written in SLAs. What is perfect about event management is that we can apply it to any aspect of our environment from delivery of a service, monitoring an individual CI, environmental conditions to software license usage.

In conjunction with the other Service Management processes, along with both passive and a…

Conducting a Needs Assessment

In order for IT organizations to be successful, we must align ourselves with our business partners. Business and customer requirements must drive service and process continual improvement activities. As a service provider, we must ask ourselves if we really understand our customer’s needs and expectations. When was the last time we checked with our business to determime if we are delivering value? When was the last time you asked the business, “How are we doing”?

One of the gathering techniques we learn in the Certified Process Design Engineering (CPDE) course is how to conduct a needs assessment. Here are the steps for conducting a successful assessment:
2 to 4 weeks prior to the assessment:Establish a high-level interview scheduleIdentify interview participantsDevelop a detailed interview scheduleContact each participant to determine availabilityDevelop a list of interview questions/solicit feedbackRefine your list of interview questions 1 to 2 weeks prior to the assessment:Send an…

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