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New Moon on the Rise

What is a new moon? It is the phase of the moon where the moon is rising but not yet visible from the earth. For us, a new moon is definitely rising. It may not be visible but it is definitely here with BYOD, virtualization, shadow IT and cloud computing.   And that moon is demanding that we examine our practices in order to improve Time to Value.
You may have heard a lot about the cultural and collaborative movement called DevOps.  Some service providers are making the DevOps vision a reality by focusing on improving their cadence - the rhythmicflow of something as it moves forward, such as software development or complex projects. 
Agile service management and DevOps strive to improve the cadence between three main players in the value stream:
Cadence of the Business Business demand is dynamic and the rate of speed is increasing. The business needs a cadence that is able to meet their accelerated requirements.  Jayne Groll in a recent webinar from ITSM Academy described the business as…

WTF? Why the Failure?

Through the implementation of best practices, one of ITSM's critical success factors is to enhance the business' perception of the IT organization.By creating a service strategy which helps to define good design, encourage effective transition processes and deliver valuable services through efficient and effective operational management, we work hard at making this goal a reality. Unfortunately, IT is often perceived to be ineffective and inefficient.  Recently, the government’s inability to deliver a working website for the affordable care act was splashed all overnews with many of my non-IT friends and family asking, how could this happen?How come IT people never get it right? I want to respond with “BUT WE DO” and list many of the successes that I have been part of during my career.But I look at them sheepishly and respond with” I don’t really know”. As I think about this, I begin to get angry and not just because I’m an American tax payer, but because as an IT professional,…

Service Provider Interfaces

With the rise of service specialization, sourcing services from multiple service providers has become the normal way of doing business. This approach has allowed service providers to deliver higher quality services and enhanced support capabilities while more affectively utilizing a greater constrained set of resources.  In order for this cost savings and ability to spread risk to be realized an organization must be able to maintain a strong relationship with each service provider.
In order to support the development of strong relationships in a multi-vendor environment, guidelines and reference points (technological, procedural and organizational) between the organization and the multitude of vendors being engaged must be established.  These validated reference points are known as service provider interfaces (SPI).
A service provider interface is a formally defined reference point which identifies some interaction between a service provider and user, customer, process or one or more su…