Review of first COBIT 5 textbook: COBIT 5 - A Management Guide
My personal review of this book.
Author: Pierre Bernard Van Haren Publishing, ISBN 978-90-8753-701-2 Published November 2012.
It was a real surprise to discover in late November 2012 just as the...
Increasing First Time Fix
Increasing First Time Fix – A Service Improvement Priority
First Time Fix (FTF) is a great service management metric, as it’s the one that indicates the most gain in customer satisfaction if improved...
The problem with ITSM is ITIL
NOTE: What is described below is, by admission, is a bit of caricature of what actually happens, but the message is that as long as organizations continue to approach ITSM in this way, they will...
Will the true Service Management Plan rise?
Looking at ISO20000, management commitment should be illustrated by "ensuring that the service management plan is created, implemented and maintained in order to adhere to the policy,...
What can be considered WARRANTY for a managed IT service?
In the plethora of IT offerings companies are faced with, products and services have become extremely competitive not only with regards to price, but also in offering their assurance that what they...
ITIL and Risk Management
I just ran into a LinkedIn posting where one of the members asked "Is Risk transfer become the contingency plan or it is risk mitigation plan?"
This again confirmed my idea that people can't use ITIL...
10 Things your IT Service Desk should NOT be doing
Is your IT Service Desk managed efficiently? If any of these things are happening, perhaps it is time to have a look at the way you manage your IT support staff and make some improvements.
10 tips for managing the Human Side of IT
The success of an IT department does not solely depend on having the best hardware and latest software. In fact, these alone do not guarantee efficiency if the people working in IT Support are not...
Does “IT management” always require “service”?
IT is one of the enterprise assets, potentially valuable. The common opinion regarding its value evolves together with corresponding frameworks, standards and practices. This evolution drives...
A chance to get back to the future
Many older ITSM professionals - like me - started our careers in IT by writing computer programs. In my case that was FORTRAN on an IBM mainframe in 1968 but for many it was BASIC on a home computer...
Legal IT: A New Model to Suit Changing Demands
As law firms change in structure and size, often expanding globally, their IT support model also has to evolve. With a great deal of growth expected to come from overseas countries, particularly...
Creating Business Opportunities in Market Recession
As the news continues to come in that we are slipping into a recession, company executives are preparing for the inevitable: tighter budgets, higher levels of accountability and a need for greater...
The Cloud Changes Everything – Service Management more important than ever
A recent article on Tech Republic discusses the IT jobs that will be changed as result of the cloud. Some of the more interesting points to me though are below:
The upshot will be whereas 70 per...
So you’ve been asked to write an SLA
It seems that perfection is reached not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away[Antoine de Saint Exupéry]
NOTE: This article assumes the reader has a basic...
Introduction to COBIT 5
Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology (CobiT) is a set of best practices for Information Technology management developed by Information Systems Audit & Control Association (...
ITIL Master is here but with strong competition
The ITIL Master qualification is at last available (April 27 2012). Those holding the ITIL Expert certificate now have an opportunity to prove their expertise in implementing ITSM best...
IT Service Management (ITSM) and Service Desk Implementation Best Practices
IT Service Management & Service Desk implementation is a promising potential which draws an framework of service delivery, although as way of capturing comparative advantages in the face of the...
COBIT 5 Miscellany
In order to present a 1 day COBIT 5 Update seminar on Friday 13th April, just 3 days after the launch of COBIT 5, I had to make a detailed study of the newly released materials and couple it with my...
Meet your iceberg. Now in 3D
A service is usually a combination of provider’s behaviour and some pieces of specific resources. From the customer’s perspective a service may seem equal to the resources or to the provider’s...
CMDB – Just do it
Perhaps the most debated ITIL topic, right after the merits of V3, is the CMDB.
Ask 10 people, and depending on temperament, experience and general wind-chill factor, you’ll get 10 different opinions...