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Business Relationship Management (BRM) Metaphors

The Metaphors for Business Relationship Management (BRM) can be helpful ways to think about and describe the BRM role, discipline and organizational capabilities. There are three metaphors we currently use today.  They are as follows:
BRM as a Connector:
The BRM acts as a connector between the Service Provider organization and its Business Partners – forging productive connections between Provider resources and the Business Partner and among Business Partners.  There are three primary aspects to the BRM’s role as a connector: Facilitate productive connections and mobilize projects and programs.Stimulate, surface and shape business demand for the Business Partner while increasing the savviness within the Business Partner regarding the Provider’s services and products.Influence the Provider to ensure appropriate supply of services and products, both in terms of quality and capacity. (1)  BRM as an Orchestrator: The BRM also acts as an orchestrator between the Provider organization and i…

The Service Management Trinity

In a previous blog from the ITSM Professor we focused on the relevance of ITIL and ITSM Best Practices to contemporary IT service providers.  We learned how a successful DevOps initiative must embrace ITSM, Lean, Agile and other frameworks and practices to ensure success.  The solution to value is like a diamond and has many facets!  In 1992 I read an article that talked about the key to delivering value and the topic was all about People, Process and Technology.
Twenty-five years later I must agree this is still the winning formula.  What might be different is how we view and utilize these for success.
What will Change?
People – Integrated teams with ownership and accountability. Visualized workflow and clear direction.  Communication, Education and Collaboration required.  Inspire and Educate!
Process – NO MORE overburdened bureaucraticdifficult processes to follow.  We want just enough process, just enough governance and the process activities will no longer be siloed to just Design …

Is ITIL Still Relevant?

With the onset of practices such as DevOps, Continuous Delivery, Rugged Code, and Value stream mapping, is ITIL / ITSM Best Practice still relevant?
The short and emphatic answer is YES!
Let’s look at how ITSM Best Practices are relevant and enable some of the initiatives that are in the foreground of Service Management for many contemporary IT organizations today.
DevOps – DevOps is a cultural and professional movement that focuses on communication and collaboration to ensure a balance between responsiveness to dynamic business requirements and stability.   Therefore, things like Lean and Value Stream Mapping, practices like Continuous Delivery and Continuous Deployment, all become a subset or a building block to a successful DevOps initiative.  DevOps is frequently an organic approach toward automating workflow and getting products to market more efficiently. Ok, if we can accept that then the next question is … What are you going to automate?
ITSM Best Practice – Provides the cornersto…

IT Service Management - Tools

In today’s world where demand for up to date services has grown and the lead times for delivery has continued to be shortened I am often asked, what is the best tool? The answer is, of course, “it depends!” Every organization has different needs, budgets and resources, however the requirements for automated building, testing and delivering new functionality has never been greater.
Every organization must be able to look at the list of requirements for tools from both the operational and development sides of the IT organization as the functions become more and more integrated.
The starting point is a list of generic requirements. An integrated suite is preferable and should include options such as: Service PortfolioService CatalogService Design ToolsDiscovery/Deployment/Licensing TechnologyWorkflow or process enginesCMDB’SConfiguration Management Systems (CMS)Self Help for UsersRemote ControlDiagnostic UtilitiesReporting Tools/DashboardsService Knowledge Management System (SKMS)Depending…

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