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Deployments Failing? What about STRATEGY?

A lot of organizations today are focusing on improving their time to market and also looking at tactical ways to be able to deliver services without causing massive "All Hands on Deck" outages.  How can we deliver quality services faster at the least amount of cost?
Varied methods such as Agile, Lean, Six Sigma and other service management process activities and methods have been attempted.  Why are we missing the mark?  Why does the business not see the type of returns that are touted?  Perhaps if there was more of a focus on the strategy, or at least as much time and effort as is put forth in the tactical and operation space, we would see better results.   Is it time to shift the focus?

Having a clear strategy will help your organization to be able to link tactical plans and operational activities to outcomes that are critical to customers and to the business as a whole.  With clear strategic initiatives, governance and best practice principles, the service provider could be…

Event Management

Event Management is the process that monitors all events that occur throughout theITinfrastructure. It provides the basis for normal operation (service assurance) and also detects, reports on and escalates exception conditions. Aneventcan be defined as any detectable or discernible occurrence that has significance for the management of the IT Infrastructure or the delivery of IT service and evaluation of the impact a deviation might cause to the services. Events are typically notifications created by an IT service,configuration item (CI)or monitoring tool. It is unusual for an organization to appoint an “event manager” as most events tend to occur for many different reasons and will in most cases be managed by the technical or application management team whose technology or application is impacting the delivery of an associated service.  However, it is important that Event Management procedures are well defined documented and coordinated among ITIL processes and Service Operation functi…

Access Management

Access Management sometimes also referred to as ''Rights Management'' or ''Identity Management'' provides authorized users the right to use a service, while preventing access to non-authorized users. Because Access Management essentially executes policies defined in IT Security and Availability Management, these two processes will likely be responsible for defining the appropriate roles within Access Management. It is critically important that well defined interfaces between the business and Access Management are seen as vital to achieving high security standards. Typically, responsibilities of both sides are defined in a dedicated Information Security Policy. As an example, policy may specify that HR will inform Access Management in a timely fashion about employees entering or leaving the company. This should lead to having a single set of policies related to managing rights and access.  
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Knowledge Management

Knowledge Management provides value to all stages of the service lifecycle by providing secure accurate and up to date knowledge, information and data that is needed to manage and deliver services. Knowledge Management is particularly important within Service Transition since current and applicable knowledge is one of the key service elements being transitioned. 
Effective Knowledge Management is a powerful tool for people in all roles across all stages of the service lifecycle. It is a best practice method for individuals and teams to share data, information and knowledge about all components of an IT service. Having the right information in the right place at the right time will enhance all stake holder’s ability to make informed decisions based on the most current knowledge about their environments.
Successful management of data, information and knowledge will enable the service provider staff to have a clear understanding of who uses the services, how they use those services and how…

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