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Elements of testing and reporting of the ITIL/ISO 20000 IT Service Continuity Plan

As with many other situations in life, so it is in IT Service Management (ITSM) – no one asks too many “What if?” questions until something actually happens. But, once it does – the company needs to be ready. You need an action plan in case of disruptive events. Both ITIL and ISO …

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Tips and tricks for using the ITIL standard change mechanism

Every now and then, there is a need to make an easy, minor change. For instance, most people (be it a user, or someone from the IT Service Management (ITSM) team) don’t consider resetting a password to be a – change. But, according to ITIL – it is. To dive deeper, …

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What is the remediation procedure and back-out in the ITIL/ISO 20000 Change Management process?

Changes to IT services fall in the category of common activities. No matter how efficient the Change Management process is, it’s no secret that mistakes happen during change implementation. Some occur for good reason, while some mistakes are hardly explainable. That puts greater significance on the efficiency of the Change …

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What is an ITIL/ISO 20000 Release and Deployment Plan?

Maybe you have heard the proverb saying that preparation is half the battle. The same is true for release and deployment of new service, or changes to existing service. The point is that the IT services we use today are rising in complexity. Once we start using them, it’s hard …

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How to make your investment in ISO 20000/ITIL profitable

It’s not a secret that IT has become a very expensive “toy” these days. So, whatever you do in IT is put under a microscope, and everyone expects to see a return on this investment. ITIL and/or ISO 20000 implementation is not an excuse. Quite the contrary, when you present your …

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IT Service Continuity Plan – Why do you need it?

Most of the mid-size and large companies I work with have financial planning. That includes their monetary expenditures in the planning period (usually for the next 1-3 years), human resources, assets, projects, income … But, I rarely found that those same organizations planned the continuity of their IT services. Even …

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How personal certificates can help your company’s IT Service Management

Like with many segments in business, IT Service Management (ITSM) is not an excuse – knowledge of your people makes a (significant) difference. I have seen, many times, companies that struggle with personal certificates for their people (or candidates for the job). Is it necessary to have that certificate? And …

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Do you need an IT Service Manager for ITIL/ISO 20000?

No matter whether you are implementing (some of) the ITIL processes/functions or an ISO 20000-based Service Management System (SMS), IT Service Management (ITSM) is a discipline that includes organizational capabilities that use available resources to deliver services to your customer(s). Maybe it sounds complex, but see it from a management point …

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How to find clients for your ITIL/ISO 20000 consultancy

Although some people have excellent expert knowledge in the ITIL or ISO 20000 areas, that doesn’t guarantee that they will be successful in business. Why? It’s because if they don’t know how to sell those skills – i.e., find clients – what’s the point? There will be someone with more …

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ISO 20000 Customer Portfolio – A perfect overview of all IT services provided

For some of you it may sound strange, but in my experience, many people in IT Service Management (ITSM), while implementing ISO 20000, have issues with the Business Relationship Management (BRM) process. BRM is certainly not one of the operational processes, and that’s usually the source of the problems. ISO …

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ITIL/ISO 20000 Service Level Requirements – Ensure you deliver what the customer asked for

It’s probably happened more than once: an IT service achieves Go-Live maturity, only for you to figure out that it’s not what the customer asked for. That’s bad news. The good news is that it could have been the customer who discovered that, instead of you. Whatever the case is …

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How to manage service management records according to ISO 20000

Have you ever been in a situation when you had to make a decision, but you had almost no information? Sooner or later, each one of us gets into such a situation in our lifetime. You trust your feelings, and … whatever will be, will be. Decisions on managing an …

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What is the purpose of the internal audit report in ISO 20000?

Most of us like to know when we did something well. It’s even better if it comes in writing. On the other side, if something is not as it should be – there are a lot of arguments as to why it needs to be documented. It’s the same with …

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Managing Service Requests in ITIL/ISO 20000 using the Service Request record

Once, when I started working for a multinational company, I needed my laptop to be installed. The first issue was that there was only kind of (meaning – with very narrow functionality) a Service Desk. Once I reached them, reported my request – the long wait started. Every time I …

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