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  • Please join the DevOps / Agile CoI for a BrightTalk Session, “Enterprise DevOps – Lessons Learned”, scheduled for 1PM EST on Wednesday, January 27, 2016.

    DevOps is a cornerstone to concepts used to drive the implementation, with continuous integration and delivery as methods to deliver the actual solution. In a large enterprise, there are many front-end and back-end systems/processes that need to "talk". This presentation focuses on highlighting and breaking down the silos that exist in order to redirect energy and attention on (the more important) outcomes that are generated from lighter methods to delivery IT systems. This includes establishing similar light weight methods for all groups in the organization to publish updates and changes in the environment with, again, a focus on the values, practices, and outcomes.

    Jason Walker, the Lead DevOps Engineer at Target Corporation, will discuss many of the lessons learned and best practices during the adoption of DevOps at Target.
  • Join Eddie and Doug on your ride home for the next itSMF USA “In the Know” podinar on Wednesday, December 16 at 5pm (EST) with guest Troy DuMoulin, VP of Research, Innovation, and Product Management for Pink Elephant. Troy will be talking with Eddie and Doug about a hot topic in the ITSM industry, Lean IT.
  • On July 21, 2015, the itSMF USA Higher Education Community of Interest hosted a BrightTalk session on “The Knowledge-Centered Support (KCS) Difference, and Its Impact at the University of Phoenix.” To follow on with the discussion started in that session, we have invited a few practitioners to share their experiences and expertise with KCS.

    Panelists for this session include:
    - Rae Ann Bruno, President, Business Solutions Training
    - Stephenie Gloden, Vice President, Enterprise Resource Management, Apollo Education Group
    - JC Grooms, Knowledge Systems Architect, Minnesota State University, Mankato
    - Eddie Vidal, IT Professional, University of Miami

    The session will be moderated by Edward Gray, Systems Integration and Support Specialist at the University of Mary Washington and Assistant Manager of the itSMF USA Higher Education Community of Interest.
  • Join us on your drive home, Tuesday October 20th at 5 PM eastern as our guest Shep Hyken, (@Hkyen) a member of the National Speakers Hall of Fame discusses creating an amazing customer service experience. Where and how do you start creating a culture to deliver a great experience. How do you get your team on board? How do you recover from poor customer service experiences and can customer service be learned or are you born with it? Shep will be the closing keynote speaker at Fusion 15 #SMFusion15. Get a sneak peek and learn how to raise your game in delivering customer service. Your hosts for this exciting podinar are Doug Tedder @dougtedder and Eddie Vidal @eddievidal. Don't miss out!
    To register go to: https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/845/176231
  • "DevOps" is a term that has become mainstream enough to be hated, misunderstood, misused, and abused. But what is "DevOps"? And, more importantly, why should I care?

    DevOps isn't a tool or a product. It's an approach to operations. By uniting development and operations teams to automate and standardize processes for infrastructure deployment, you get faster innovation, accelerated time to market, improved deployment quality, better operational efficiency, and more time to focus on your core business goals.

    This presentation will explore the principles and forms of DevOps. I know DevOps when I see it and, soon, you will, too.
  • KEPNER-TREGOE will talk about the role of Root Cause Analysis in the context of IT support functions, the pressures they face as well as the goals and needs for specific results when deploying different RCA and troubleshooting techniques. Furthermore, they will discuss the challenges of adopting new skills in high-pressure, complex, process-driven service environments and ways to overcome the gap between the theory of training and on-the-job proficiency via coaching and simulation.
  • KEPNERandFOURIE will explain the problem solving processes specifically designed for the IT environment. They will focus on the application of these processes to real world IT issues in which they have been involved. K&F will explain the importance of finding the technical cause of a problem/incident before trying to determine the Root Cause. They will also highlight the RCA application developed in conjunction with ServiceNow and available in their App Store.
  • Continuing Professional Development can play a key role in career advancement and open you up for potential opportunities. How much time to you dedicate to it depends on various factors. Is the return on investment worth it? Does it help advance your career? Maybe you are a career learner. Join Doug Tedder and Eddie Vidal and hear their opinions on on your drive home on September 22, 5 PM Eastern. Our guest, Julie Mohr, will also discuss her own professional development roadmap. To register for this podcast click on the following link; https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/845/172483

  • In Higher Education you have unique issues. Working to fulfill the needs of academics, researchers, students, support teams and other enterprise groups can leave you feeling pulled in multiple directions. Decision – making authority is not always clear. A process culture may be seen as too “corporate” for your culture.

    Join ITIL Expert, Thom Salo, to cover seven steps you can take to work to build respect and buy-in for your IT service management initiatives and super-charge your customers. We’ll cover:
    • How to align with various departmental needs/goals.
    • Answer the question, “Why do we care about an ITSM program?”
    • Managing program expectations.
    • Doing what we say we’ll do!
    • Feedback – how to get it and use it.
    • How to get past “creating” and get on with “adopting and embracing.”
    • The role tracking of metrics will play.

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