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ITIL at the Service Desk

Trends such as mobile computing, consumerization (also known as bring your own device (BYOD), and cloud computing are having a dramatic impact on the service desk. These trends are prompting many organizations to evaluate and improve their existing service management processes, or implement new processes where needed, and to rethink the role the service desk plays in implementing, executing and improving these processes.

It would be easy to look at these trends and think of them only as the deployment of new technologies but there are bigger considerations at stake. What services are these technologies enabling? What business processes do these services underpin? How is the business impacted when these services are interrupted?
An important key performance indicator (KPI) for service catalog management is whether the service desk has the information that it needs about those services and their associated interfaces and dependencies. This is because the service desk plays an importan…

Strategies for Managing IT Services

When I teach ITIL foundation classes and we start talking about aligning IT strategy with business strategy, I usually see some puzzled looks on the faces of my students.So I thought I would give some basics on what we are trying to establish here.

The purpose of strategy management for IT services is to create a process for defining and maintaining an organization's perspective, position, plans and patterns related to its services and the management of those services.The purpose of a service strategy is to communicate how a service provider will enable an organization to achieve the desired business outcomes and establish the criteria and mechanisms to decide which services will be delivered, to whom they will be delivered to and to establish the most effective and efficient way to manage these services. The objectives of strategy management for IT services are: Analyze the internal and external environments in which we (the service provider) exist and to identify any opportunities …

Designing and Documenting a Process

Designing and documenting a process enables an organization to move from the initial level of the ITIL Process maturity Framework (PMF) through the repeatable level to the defined level.To undertake this task without adequate resources can be quite daunting especially given the fact that it must
Identify needed changes to job descriptionsDevelop and document work proceduresIdentify work requirementsEstablish the data to be collected and the format to report accomplishmentsDocument the necessary vocabulary to be utilized within the processThe following ten process design and improvement steps can be used to create an easy to use and repeatable approach to help move your organization from one level to the next.The ten steps are grouped into four phases.Each phase will produce a deliverable that serves as an input to the follow phase. Phase: Requirements Definition.Output: Requirements Definition Document. 1.Determine the management’s vision and level of commitment 2.Establish a project and …

Service Level Management Objectives

Service Level Management (SLM) is the process that is responsible for the overall agreeing and documenting Service Level Targets (SLT) and the responsibilities within Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and Service Level Requirements (SLRs) for every service and related activity within IT.
The SLA is effectively a level of guarantee or warranty with regard to the level of service quality delivered by the service provider for each of the services supplied to the business.The accuracy of the SLAs, SLRs and SLTs and the overall success of SLM is very dependent on the quality of the service portfolio and service catalogue and their contents because they provide the detailed information on the services to be managed within the SLM process. With that said the purpose of the SLM process is to certify that all current and planned IT services are delivered in accordance with agreed achievable targets.This is normally accomplished by SLM through a continuing cycle of negotiations, agreements, in conj…

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