Featured: The State of Service Management in 2021

This report, focusing on the state of service management in 2021, provides service management and technical support leaders with the essential insights and knowledge needed to make data-based decisions that will ultimately improve the services and support provided by their organizations and help them advance in their careers. It illustrates current practices, processes, solutions, and strategies related to service management and enterprise service management.

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There’s an information security maxim that states, “There’s no security without physical security.” Buildings and infrastructure (other than specifically IT infrastructure) are usually the domain of a department other than IT, but the technology used to monitor and secure facilities of all types...
Tag(s): support models, future of support, security management

 
Organizations often rush to kick-start improvement efforts without first completing a thorough analysis. All too often, improvement exercises are either reactive—knee-jerk responses to what others have done—or conceived in response to the passionate advocacy of a charismatic (and usually senior)...
Tag(s): customer service, continual service improvement

 
IT provides services to the business, and ITSM enables IT to react accordingly when those services don’t perform as designed. It’s important that IT and the business are on the same page when it comes to key events, and that they approach those events with the same sense of urgency. This...
Tag(s): ITSM, IT service management, supportworld

 
In service management, we come up with solutions and solve problems on a regular basis. It’s part of the job, and we are quite good at it. There are times, however, when a new problem arises and the usual solutions simply don’t work. The problem could be ...
Tag(s): service management, supportworld

 
When I ask my clients about their problem management processes, I often get a curious response: “We don’t really have the time to focus on problems because we’re so busy putting out fires. Once we knock down the fires that flare up, we’ll be able to devote some time to problem management.” A...
Tag(s): service management, problem management, incident management

 
The service desk is the face of IT, regardless of what technology resources and capabilities are ultimately deployed to deliver services, and we need to change the way we deal with our customers, who are becoming increasingly tech-savvy and demanding more adaptable business solutions. We must...
Tag(s): ITSM, service desk, SLA, service level agreement, service level management

 
People are used to googling to get answers to their questions, so why invest in a knowledge management system and web self-service for IT support? Well, there are some major drawbacks to using Google in lieu of a knowledge management system. The shortcomings are mostly the same whether end users...
Tag(s): knowledge management, tools

 
ITSM and customer relationship management (CRM) are industries, frameworks, technologies, and approaches that have traditionally been applied to very different business processes, workloads, and segments of the organization. But with the degree of consolidation and standardization taking place...
Tag(s): ITSM, IT service management, customer experience, supportworld

 
The state of security in 2014 can be summed up in four words: We are falling behind. External breaches are occurring more frequently and becoming more complex, and internal threats have extended beyond malicious employees (past and present) and current employee mistakes to include vendors, who...
Tag(s): technology, trends, security management

 
KPIs aren't the goal—continual improvement is. Like ITIL itself, continual improvement is a cycle: once you've achieved a target, the cycle begins anew.
Tag(s): best practice, continual service improvement, framework and methodologies, KPI, ITSM, IT service management, practices and processes, reporting, reporting-and-analytics, supportworld