ITIL Articles

ITIL 4’s ITAM Practice and the Software Support and Maintenance Review Process

With ITAM now considered part of ITIL 4 best practice, this article helps with a process that might not be considered as a core SAM capability, but should be in place if your organization wants to make best use of the valuable asset data at its disposal – the Software Support and Maintenance Review process.
This article looks at the pros and cons of DevOps toolchains (a combination of tools that aid in the delivery, development, and management of applications throughout the systems development lifecycle) and questions how many DevOps, ITSM, and other IT management tools your organization really needs.
While many will notice the 34 ITIL 4 practices vs ITIL v3’s 26 processes, there are other potentially more important points to note with the updated ITIL best practice. For instance, the greater focus on people, and the inclusion of governance in the new ITIL 4 Service Value System (SVS). Here, Paul Wilkinson takes a look.
Find out what ITSM professionals would like information on, and help with, in 2019 based on our recent reader poll; and get an idea of where the ITSM industry is looking, and potentially heading, in the year ahead. The results are relatively different to those of 2018!
DevOps is not a replacement for ITIL, in fact DevOps can complement and enhance the ITIL framework by making the processes simpler and more automated. This article looks at why DevOps won’t replace ITIL, and how it could, and should, improve – and add more agility to – some ITIL processes.
Which IT service management (ITSM) topics would you like to see our content focus on in 2019? Please take our quick poll and then read on to find out more about a year in the life of’ content and readership, and to see how we shaped our content plan around last year’s votes.
Here Aale Roos questions whether the combination of incident and problem management is an obsolete model, how risk management can help, and where Cynefin fits into the equation.
If you’re looking to improve your problem management process, while juggling it with incident management, then striking a balance between them is key. And luckily, it’s not too difficult to achieve! Here Hannah Price shares her top 5 tips for both reactive and proactive problem management success.
A successful Change Advisory Board (CAB) is a disciplined one! Looking at attendance, process, and other governance aspects, Jan Vromant suggests a set of rules to follow for success that will enable you to transform your CAB into a BECAB – or “brutally efficient” CAB.
This article offers up a quick guide to service catalog success – from getting started, to measuring quality, from checking whether you’re providing services that meet your customers’ needs, to improving your service catalog by matching it to your customer journeys. Get the lowdown here.
How relevant is ITIL right now, especially for IT service desks and service desk agents? If you want some hot-off-the-press insight, new research data from HDI – in its 2018 Technical Support Practices & Salary Report – offers two perspectives on the value of ITIL certification to North American service desk agents.
How can your IT service desk start using AI-assisted knowledge capabilities to improve the level and quality of its knowledge-sharing success and increase end-user satisfaction? Here we dive into the fundamentals and how to best use this “new” technology.
Corporate IT service desks have long understood the opportunity, and benefits, of knowledge management, but far too many continue to struggle to make the most of what their service desk agents, and the wider IT organization, already know. The question is: why is this?
Should the person you’re asking to approve a change request actually be able to stop a change from occurring, even if everyone else agrees it should occur? This article aims to help you understand who in your organization is best positioned to approve changes.
This article aims to provide an overview of the different types of knowledge bases available. The question we want to answer here is: “Is it better for your company to use an internal knowledge base (that’s built into your ITSM tool) or an external knowledge base provided by a third party?”