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ITAM is the trusted advisor, whispering in the CIO’s ear.

IT Asset Management (ITAM) is the discipline of managing IT assets throughout their lifecycle.

If IT Service Management (ITSM) is primarily concerned with efficient delivery of services, then ITAM is primarily concerned with managing the costs and risks of using the IT assets that underpin services. Like ITSM, ITAM should be considered an on-going commitment and practice rather than a short-term project.

It is important for the disciplines of ITAM and ITSM to be aligned within the IT department since most lifecycle stages of an asset are delivered or in some way interact with the Service Desk. ITSM is the source of asset changes; by working close together with ITAM the organization can ensure the risks associated with changes can be proactively managed.

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The last few days have been all about the OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability, officially called CVE-2014-0160. Many of you surely heard about it, read about it, and talked about it, but did you really understand what all the noise is about? TechCrunch published: Massive Security Bug In OpenSSL Could Affect A Huge Chunk Of The Internet, and IT News reported on a serious issue at the Canada Revenue Agency.

Why is this specific security breach getting so much exposure compared to others? Well, to get a better understanding of what exactly we’re talking about I believe it’s first important to understand what is OpenSSL - as most of you probably have no clue what is it or you believe you don’t use it.

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We're heading to the annual Service Desk and IT Support Show (SITS) in London

It’s nearly that time of year again. Time to head to the annual IT service desk and support show (SITS) in London (29th-30th April), and we couldn’t be more excited. It’s not just the event itself that we’re excited about either. On the evening of Tuesday 29th April we’ll be hosting dinner and drinks at the Kensington Marriot for some of our beloved customers and its bound to be a blast.

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HDI Conference 2014 - long hours, feet pain, great content, and a lot of laughs!

The long hours and back pains notwithstanding, I have to say that HDI 2014 was a magnificent conference with terrific content, amazing folks, and a whole lot of fun and laughs along the way. I talked about some of that in my previous blog; here’s a continuation with more highlights from Thursday and Friday.

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No magic needed at the HDI Conference

We're back again in the States, this time in the land of ultimate magic, Orlando, Florida, for the annual HDI Conference. Here’s our first blog from the event, after experiencing a fantastic day and half, so far.

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IT Benchmarks: Customer Satisfaction Surveys

Following on from my last IT Benchmark blog on Knowledge Management and Reuse, this time around we are going to look at Customer Satisfaction Surveys and how to encourage responses.

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Posted by on in ITIL

Change management doesn't have to be slow and unpopular with the business.

Whenever I look at the tools, processes and metrics that IT organizations implement for their change management processes I see a huge difference between what I think change management is for and what they appear to value.

When I think about change management, I see two distinct purposes:

  1. To facilitate the rate of IT change that the business needs
  2. To protect the business from the adverse impact of IT changes

These two purposes are equally important, and if change management doesn’t do a great job of both of them then it really isn’t being very effective. Most IT departments I work with focus almost exclusively on risk management (protecting the business from adverse impact of change), often causing the speed of change to be so low that it leads to customer dissatisfaction.

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Migrating to the Cloud

Last week I posted a blog looking at the first 3 essentials steps that you need to take to ensure a successful migration to the cloud. We looked at how to:

  • Map your current environment
  • Consider candidates for migration
  • Search for cloud vendors

Today’s blog post will look at the final 3 steps required to build a workable 6-step plan to guide you through your cloud migration.

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Welcome Michael Slabodnick, aka ITILandME to SysAid

Today is a milestone day for SysAid – it is the 1st day of employment for our 1st USA-based employee! We could not be more thrilled to welcome Michael Slabodnick to the SysAid family. In order to introduce him to everyone inside the company as well as our extended SysAid Community, we asked him a few questions…to get to know him. Take a look:

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Come meet SysAid at HDI Conference 2014!

At the end of March we'll be heading to Orlando, the home of Disney World for the HDI Annual Conference (HDI 2014) taking place 1-4 April. There's lots of things for us, and you, to get excited about when it comes to this event but there is one thing in particular that I'm personally really looking forward to, and that's the "metrics and measurements" track.

For all of you reading this who are familiar with SysAid, you'll know that this is a topic that we hold very close to our hearts. As far as we are aware, we are the only ITSM tools vendor who provides customer-generated performance benchmarks as part of its solution. For us, our IT benchmarking module is just as important as any of the standard service desk features. Benchmarking allows you to understand where you sit in the industry and how you compare to your peers. More importantly it provides you with critical information to be able to make informed business decisions and improve your IT performance.

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