Archive for the ‘ Best Practices’ Category

Business value of ITSM – Part 2

In my earlier post about linking Projects to Business Value I talked about my 5 simple rules to ensure that the technical deliverables from projects achieve the ROI anticipated in the Business Case. I wanted to expand on the theme a little, and talk about how we’ve applied the principles to a number of IT Service Management […]

Configuration Management without a Discovery tool – Seriously?

I’m amazed at the number of Configuration Management “solutions” that have weak, optional, or sometimes even no automated discovery capability. Anyone who has tried to build out a full Configuration Management Database (CMDB) or undertake any kind of Service Asset & Configuration Management project will know that it is an almost impossible task unless you […]

Can you “do” ITIL without Configuration Management, and where to start?

Most organisations starting to adopt the ITIL Process Framework will initially focus on the primary processes undertaken by a Service Desk; namely Incident, Problem, and (often) Change. This makes a good deal of sense, since it is widely acknowledged that a good Service Desk can transform a user’s interactions with IT. Having been both a […]

What is the best way to add maintenance windows with IBM Tivoli Monitoring (ITM), Impact and OMNIbus?

During day to day operations most IT environments are subject to some degree of planned change or managed outage. If effective monitoring is in place, it is highly likely that this type of activity will result in the generation of “false-positive” alerts that have little or no value to the business whilst the work is […]