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Clearing Up the Myths of CMDB

"You can't achieve value from your investment in IT service management (ITSM) – ITIL processes, training and tools - if you haven't got a fully functional integrated, single-source of truth Configuration Management Database (CMDB)." This has long been trumpeted out at meetings and events, generally (although not always) by people who have no idea what this is or how to achieve it.

If there's one element that has been used (deliberately or otherwise) to slow down and scupper ITSM projects then it's been this – the impenetrable world of CMDB, or Configuration Management System (CMS), which is part of Service Asset and Configuration Management (SACM).

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SysAid at the Annual itSMF Australia Conference and Exhibition (LEADit)

With an awesome 674 delegates (its biggest turnout yet), we were not left disappointed by our first visit to the Annual itSMF Australia Conference and Exhibition (LEADit). The passion for knowledge, the enthusiasm of IT professionals, the amazing presenter line up of IT service management (ITSM) speakers, the first-class entertainment, and the penguin, made this a truly unrivalled event. A huge thank you to the remarkable team at itSMF Australia, we had a blast.

From speaking with delegates at our booth (when Joe The IT Guy let people step away from him and the camera that is) and also managing to catch a couple of presentations ourselves, it seemed to be that the main theme running throughout the conference was “Attitude, Behaviour and Culture” aka The ABC of IT – aka the human aspect of ITSM and service delivery. Essentially we have to remember that IT isn’t about the technology (yes you did just hear a technology provider say that), it’s about the business and it’s about people.

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Incremental improvements is perfect for ITSM

I know that the question “How long should an ITSM project take?” is going to get an answer of “It depends on what you’re trying to achieve”, but stay with me a while and see if you agree with my view on this.

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4 Things You Need to Know About IT Maturity Assessments

IT maturity assessments come in many shapes and sizes. Some are broad and look at a large number of areas, like strategy, culture, governance, people, skills, transparency, risk management, security, processes, asset management, customer satisfaction and supplier management. Others are deep, looking in detail at how your organisation aligns to a best practice framework, like ITIL or COBIT. Either way, an IT maturity assessment is designed to benchmark your current IT capabilities against a fixed scale. It will give you a baseline – a snapshot of where you are now – from which you can plan a roadmap for improvement. An IT maturity assessment tool can be a valuable tool, but some planning is needed to make sure you get value from your effort - so here are some of the things you should be aware of...

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It's 14.4 O'Clock in the Cloud

I can't believe how fast time flies. It's been only a few weeks since our last release and already our next Cloud release is about to be launched. SysAid 14.4 is packed with really great features for all of you to enjoy, and of course several more fixes and improvements.

I’ll guide you through some of my personal favorites.

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Whip IT Service Management into Business Development Service Management

Why do I keep reading such statements as “get rid of IT from ITSM?” Is it that Service Management simply needs to get out of the IT world? I can get that—we want to try and project the belief that IT has been growing its involvement with the business. In fact, there are the ongoing debates on whether IT will survive the next 10 years, if it'll take over the business, or if regular users will become so technically adept, that the business will eventually do away with IT. Since I'm not an astrologer, I can't predict what's going to happen in the next decade, although if I had to guess, I’d say not much will really change and all of this talk is mostly hot air. But I do have an issue with just stating "get rid of IT from ITSM," and the issue is simple.

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Advice for Improving Customer Satisfaction on the IT Help Desk

“The customer is always right,” right?

Whether that old adage is true is irrelevant.  But there is another saying that should be plastered on the walls of every IT help desk:

The Customer is Always the Customer.

And, as a customer, each is entitled to polite service, accurate information, and timely resolution of any issues. The following tips for IT help desks will help you improve customer satisfaction levels.

Remember that ITSM is not just about the technology; ITSM is about people. Staffing a help desk with people who are both technically savvy and customer-centered is a fundamental building block of a successful IT help desk.

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Before you click play, imagine a world where IT professionals do not exist.

Can You Imagine a World Where IT Professionals Do Not Exist?

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Knowledge Management Is Not Just About Document Repositories

When I ask people how they acquire the knowledge they need to do their jobs they describe a huge variety of approaches that work for them, including working with other people, attending training, reading books and blogs, watching videos, trial and error, being mentored and more.

When I ask IT management what tools and techniques they use in their knowledge management programs they often just describe tools that are used for managing and sharing documents. If our knowledge management efforts are focussed on this very limited view then we will never equip our people with the knowledge they need to be effective and efficient.

If we remember that knowledge only has value when it is available to someone, either because they remember it or because they are guided towards it at the time they need it, then that can help us to understand what knowledge management needs to achieve. It’s much more than just storing documents in a repository.

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A service catalogue offered as a self-service facility can bring a number of benefits to both the IT organization and their customers. For example, it can provide IT with an opportunity to streamline the interface between itself and end users. And in doing so, IT can potentially improve business user productivity and reduce costs. It sounds almost too good to be true. By providing end users with a go-to hub for “everything IT”, you can take the strain off the service desk and keep your IT customers happy by giving them another option. No more waiting in call queues. Now they can order services and get status updates at the click of a button. Do it right and you have an efficient digital interface for business users. Do it wrong and all you end up with is another piece of expensive shelfware. The truth is that many service catalogue projects fail to deliver the predicted benefits because they are handled as technology projects.

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