ITSM

March 02, 2018

Over the last four years, EMA has done research uniquely focused on how software asset management (SAM), IT asset management (ITAM) more broadly (including hardware), IT service management (ITSM), and transformative attempts to optimize IT as a business, have been evolving. The overall perspectives from both research projects shows that, at least as a vision, many IT organizations are really seeking ...

February 20, 2018

The Global CIO Point of View report compiled by ServiceNow notes that 89 percent of organizations are either in the planning stages or are already taking advantage of machine learning. Nearly 90 percent of the CIOs surveyed anticipate that increasing automation will increase the speed and accuracy of decisions, and more than two-thirds believe that decisions made by machines will be more accurate than human-made decisions ...

February 07, 2018

IT departments that shift from reactionary fire fighters to becoming proactive business partners find their ticket counts reduced from 20 to 50 percent or more. The strategies outlined in Part 1 of this blog may all sound like a great way to turn IT into a strategic, proactive business-enabler, but how can companies turn strategy into reality? The following are three best practices ...

February 06, 2018

"We can't fix it if they don't call." I can't count how many times I've said those words in my IT career. We need users to call in their issues, while conversely we need our ticket volumes to decrease. How can IT lower the amount of call center tickets, quickly resolve those incidents that can't be avoided, and reduce their own costs in the process? Here are three key strategies ...

January 22, 2018

Self-service and the concept of “Shift Left” are some of the phrases you will hear the most in the modern service management industry. The reason being is that you want to provide your users with the most important knowledge that you can to help them solve their issues and problems themselves, saving you time to focus on more important priorities. It’s a common problem, sort of a chicken and egg approach, but when you help your internal teams better meet their needs through such efforts, you also want to make sure that what is best for your service department also is best for your users ...

December 19, 2017

Industry experts offer predictions on how APM and related technologies will evolve and impact business in 2018. Part 2 covers ITIL, ITSM and more ...

November 30, 2017

While self-service and self-help IT are in common practice, about half of organizations surveyed are still struggling with full deployment and realizing its value, according to a new report by Ivanti and the Service Desk Institute ...

September 11, 2017

In incident management, we often overlook the simple things in favor of trying to do too much, too soon. Why not make sure we've done the fundamentals properly? ...

August 25, 2017
A majority (82 percent) of ITSM professionals believe that the IT roles of tomorrow will be more challenging, according to ManageEngine's IT Service Management Future Readiness survey ...
August 15, 2017

Improving the end user experience and connecting IT to wider business objectives is a significant focal point for IT professionals, according to new survey conducted by Ivanti at this years' Service Desk & IT Support Show (SITS) in London ...

July 10, 2017
Your organization's Application Management and IT Help Desk teams are your "first line of defense," and they also wear many hats. One of the biggest challenges they face is the management of application portfolios. To help ensure your application and help desk operations are effective and manageable, there are a few simple things that IT leaders can do ...
June 21, 2017

While IT service management (ITSM) has too often been viewed by the industry as an area of reactive management with fading process efficiencies and legacy concerns, a new study by Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) reveals that, in many organizations, ITSM is becoming a hub of innovation ...

March 27, 2017

APMdigest has added 2 new Hot Topics: IT Service Management (ITSM) and Digital Transformation.

March 21, 2017

The majority of IT executives believe investment in IT Service Management (ITSM) is important to gain the agility needed to compete in an era of global, cross-industry disruption and digital transformation, according to Delivering Value to Today’s Digital Enterprise: The State of IT Service Management 2017, a report by BMC, conducted in association with Forbes ...

March 16, 2017

IT leadership is more driven to be innovative than ever, but also more in need of justifying costs and showing value than ever. Combining the two is no mean feat, especially when individual technologies are put forward as the single tantalizing answer ...

January 26, 2017

Optimizing the end-user experience has many dimensions to it, and one key element of them is ensuring that any issues from password reset, to application access, to support for multiple endpoints by a single user are all addressed without your users feeling that they’re queuing up at the Department of Motor Vehicles. This blog leverages EMA research to examine how a truly efficient service desk can make itself all the more effective by becoming more transparent, less verbally visible, and yet ultimately far more end-user empowering ...

December 01, 2016

In my last blog, I expressed my opinion that IT operations teams may be about to enjoy a renaissance rather than dismally fading away — but only if they adopt new ways of working, measuring themselves and interacting with business stakeholders. In this blog, I'd like to discuss how technology investments can help smooth the way toward operational transformation with a few examples from recent interviews. More specifically, I'd like to focus on three key areas of innovation, all in some way related to Advanced IT Analytics ...

November 22, 2016

It's safe to say that the role of IT Operations is changing, but beyond that there are countless opinions about just why and how. Lately I've been hearing a growing number of doomsday prophecies about how operations professionals are going away as they shrink in importance to managing an infrastructure already being replaced by cloud. However, I see a strong and consistent trend that isn't a move away from operations, but rather a deliberate transformation of how IT operations teams work. So which vision is correct? Gloom and doom or new levels of empowerment and rebirth? ...

November 21, 2016

Over the past few years, IT service management (ITSM) has become increasingly important to an organization's IT strategy, and companies are seeking new ways to improve IT service delivery and efficiency via better ITSM processes. Using advanced IT analytics, managers can identify blind spots and hidden gaps in their ITSM process as well as make accurate decisions by monitoring key metrics. Here is how advanced IT analytics can make the best of your IT service desk ...

October 20, 2016

I have been tracking a still largely unheralded phenomenon: ITSM teams in many organizations are evolving to take a leadership role in helping all of IT become more efficient, more business aligned, and ever more relevant to business outcomes. Indeed, an ITSM 2.0 is emerging that’s radically different from its inherited, reactive past in ways that are sometimes predictable but more often surprising ...

September 28, 2016

Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) is looking to extend the reach of its consulting practice, and we'll be soliciting your inputs on your priorities. But before you do, I'd like to share some of what we've learned from our work in the past ...

August 24, 2016

While service catalogs are not new, they are becoming increasingly critical to enterprises seeking to optimize IT efficiencies, service delivery and business outcomes. They are also a way of supporting both enterprise and IT services, as well as optimizing IT for cost and value with critical metrics and insights. In this blog, we'll look at how and why service catalogs are becoming ever more important both to IT organizations and to the businesses and organizations they serve ...

July 14, 2016

Cloud is no longer a new topic for IT, or for IT service management (ITSM). But its impact on how ITSM teams work, as well as on how IT works overall, has probably never been greater. Leveraging EMA research on the future of ITSM and on digital and IT transformation, this blog looks at data relevant to the impact of cloud on ITSM teams and addresses the following questions ...

January 19, 2016

I thought I’d begin the year by making some predictions about what to look for in 2016 in the area of IT service management (ITSM). In addition, I thought I’d add a little color by placing some personal bets about the likelihood of real progress in each area in 2016. Feel free to share your own thoughts on these. If you’re more accurate than I am (which could easily transpire), I promise to celebrate your insights in December 2016 ...

January 05, 2016

In research done in 2015, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) looked at changing patterns of IT service management (ITSM) adoption across a population of 270 respondents in North America and Europe. One of the standout themes that emerged from our findings was the need for the service desk to become a more automated and analytically empowered center of authority across IT as a whole. Rather than casting the service desk as a reactive, low-tech bastion of ineffective customer interaction, the data outlined requirements for a much more dynamic ITSM team — a team that could govern decision making and automate actions in dialog with operations, development, and business stakeholders ...

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