Business end users are benefiting from increasing availability and diversity of applications and devices, driving increased expectations for technical support wherever and whenever they need it.
At the same time, cost pressures on the business are driving the need to migrate support to lower-cost channels and delivery locations.
If you are a business owner in this economy then at some point you must have considered Technical Support and Service Desk outsourcing for your company. Although there are some benefits to having in-house staffing to field the types of phone calls and emails that come through to the Service Desk, there are a number of advantages to Technical Support and Service Desk outsourcing that you cannot afford to ignore in a slow economy, or for that matter in any economy.
RecordedMar 28 201447 mins
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Pink Elephant have years of experience in assisting organisations with the selection, implementation, review of Service Request Catalogues. Common themes have become apparent during such engagements, and the purpose of this webinar is to share this knowledge and practical advice for organisations seeking to implement Service Request Catalogues.
Peter Hubbard, Principal Consultant at Pink Elephant UK
Lean has much to offer the strategic thinkers of the IT Department. In this webinar Peter Hubbard will be showing how Lean IT principles can help senior IT Management in 3 core areas.
• The focus on Customer Value – in thinking and acting – results in improved customer satisfaction
• Better products due to continual improvement of processes
• Higher involvement and motivation of employees
• Earlier delivery of products & services – reduction of duration of processes
▪ Reduction of waste: Results in financial gain
▪ Time for new activities: From optimisation of value-add work
Many companies see the future in automated service, yet wonder where to start. The Service Automation Framework provides some easy-to-understand models that everyone can used to start the design and delivery of automated services. Used by many organisations around the world, it provides tools and techniques to achieve service automation.
In this BrightTalk webinar, we will focus on the technique of service automation blueprinting - a workshops approach for the the design of automated services. We will discuss the theory of the Service Automation Blueprint and will subsequently apply the techniques to a real world University case to make it as practical as possible. Don't miss this chance to learn more about Service Automation Blueprinting.
An introduction to Service Automation: http://pinkelephant.co.uk/brighttalk/?commid=259281
Service Automation Foundation: https://pinkelephant.co.uk/cursus/service-automation-foundation-2/
Nick Wilding - Manager, Cyber Resilience, AXELOS. Stuart Rance - Managing Director, Optimal Service Management
Our globally connected world delivers a wealth of opportunities for economic growth and innovation but it also brings with it the real risk of cyber-attack. Many organizations continue to invest in multiple layers of ‘intelligent’ technical controls to protect themselves from cyber attackers. However, security breaches continue to grow in their scale and impact. There’s something missing in our organisational response to the cyber risks we face.
Effective cyber resilience need to focus on aligning strategic priorities, service management tools, operational systems and architectures with ongoing training and involvement of people across the organization. By applying these proven disciplines organizations can more effectively balance their business opportunities and risks, their people, processes and technology and their ability to prevent, detect and respond to cyber-attacks.
This webinar will outline the cyber resilience challenges and the opportunities open to organizations and how RESILIA™ best practice can be used to build the critical collaboration between ITSM and InfoSec teams needed to effectively manage and respond to the cyber risks they face.
General Manager of RESILIA at AXELOS where he’s responsible for leading the successful design, development and demand of the RESILIA portfolio that provides cyber resilience best practice, training, learning and insight for organisations from the boardroom down. Previous to AXELOS Nick spent 11 years at Detica (now BAE Systems Applied Intelligence) where he helped set up their Cyber Security business and led their cyber market engagement and thought leadership.
An expert in information security management and IT service management. He works with IT organizations all over the world, helping them create value for their customers. Stuart is an author of ITIL® and RESILIA™ and blogs at optimalservicemanagement.com. He is chief examiner for RESILIA, and an examiner for ITIL.
Join Michael Harris on how to build the right high performing teams to meet demand - it’s all about people - How do we make the corporate machine value that and attract, inspire, unlock the potential of and retain, the right people?
He has a unique combination of leadership, industry, coaching and transformational experience. His passion is helping organisations, and individuals, shape and build their future. In a career spanning over 30 years, Michael has worked in Financial Services, Manufacturing, Telecoms, Government and as a freelance consultant.
Michael has a broad experience that has given him unique insight into the future challenges leaders face. As Michael says “One of the most difficult things that leaders need to do is to articulate a clear vision, collaboratively build a strategy and plan to achieve that vision and, most importantly, build a strong and passionate following to bring people with them.”
Troy DuMoulin - VP, Research & Development at Pink Elephant. Peter Hubbard - Senior ITSM Consultant & Lecturer
It is the nature of all things to constantly evolve based on the dynamics of a changing environment. This is equally true of the IT Service Management models we use. Two of the primary shifts we are seeing in the industry include:
1.The demand for IT processes acceleration and agility driven by the growing rate of business demand
2.Increased 3rd party integration in our service delivery models as organisations leverage cloud based services and externally source a growing percentage of their IT value chain
In this engaging webinar hosted by both Pink Elephant UK and North America we will look at these two trends.
(Process Speed/Agility & Supplier Integration)
Join Peter Hubbard and Troy DuMoulin as they address the concepts of:
•Agile Service Management: ITIL, Agile & Lean - Better Together
•Service Integration & Management (SIAM) – building a “One Team” delivery approach.
Jan-Willem Middelburg President of the Service Automation Alliance
Service Automation is the concept of achieving customer loyalty by the use of automated technologies, and it builds upon large demographic and sociological trends. As a society, we have become accustomed to arranging our lives online and expect services that can match those expectations. Service Automation helps to arrange our lives online. This session will bring you up to speed on Service Automation, the concept by which you can automate your service offering. The Service Automation Framework defines a methodical way to discuss Service Automation and provides a step-by-step approach, including a number of design elements and processes, which every organisation can use to systematically enhance its services.
Service Integration And Management (SIAM) is a way of ensuring seamless delivery of service to your end users by utilising multiple IT service providers, working to a common framework.
But what is it? Where did it come from? Does it work? What, when you get right down to it, is it?
Join Peter Hubbard from Pink Elephant as he provides an overview of SIAM, how it works, how it integrates with other bodies of ITSM knowledge such as ITIL, and tips and tricks for successfully implementing it.
Eddie Potts, Principal Consultant Pink Elephant EMEA ltd
The decision to procure or to subscribe to a new ITSM tool invariably involves a significant investment. Such a purchasing decision should be treated like any other significant business investment, yet experience suggests that with regards to ITSM Tool selection the normal rules of procurement good practice are often not heeded.
Research shows that organisations typically replace their ITSM tools every 3-5 years. This is arguably because organisations suffer a lack of ITSM improvement road maps, which baseline the current state and outline the people, processes and technology resources required to reach the desired state.
The challenge is compounded as the ITSM tools market is increasing crowded, complex and dynamic. In short ITSM tool selection is a complex decision!
Join Eddie Potts, Principal Consultant of Pink Elephant EMEA, as he highlights best practice methods of choosing an ITSM tool as an introduction to the ITSM Tooling Whitepaper being released in mid-November 2016.
Peter Hubbard, Principal ITSM Consultant at Pink Elephant EMEA & Faisal Usmani, Business Development and Strategy Lead for Co
CMDB Implementation is one of the most complicated of any ITSM programmes an organisation can undertake. The difficulties in creating a toolset, capable of linking hundreds of thousands of interconnected bits of data together in a meaningful manner while also supporting a highly fluid environment with dozens of changes each week, are formidable indeed.
Join Peter Hubbard, Principal ITSM Consultant at Pink Elephant EMEA, as he discusses the Pink Elephant approach to create a CMDB in the real world. He will demonstrate the critical importance of the scoping session and understanding the organisations requirements to ensure the CMDB supports the business. Peter will then show you how to turn those requirements into concrete actions to map and create your CMDB.
Faisal Usmani, Business Development and Strategy Lead for Comms at Cyient EMEA, will build on Peter’s theme; detailing how an effective CMDB implementation forms the basis for ITSM solutions. He will cite a case study that shows how this translates into a real world operational scenario that utilises actionable dashboards and provide valuable insights into your service performance at different levels within your organisation.
At the end of the session you should know the importance of being able to ask your ITSM organisation ‘For our CMDB, do we need a battle tank or body armour?’’
Luci Allen, Head of Operations, Pink Elephant EMEA
More and more the Service Desk is becoming the focal point of our IT function - if we get this right the business loves us but if we get it wrong ...
The Service Desk has evolved over the last 20 years from being a “nice to have” to a critical support function to the business. Nowadays it’s the normal expectation that there will be someone at the end of the phone / email / portal 24/7 to answer any technical related question we may have, be that a request for equipment to fixing email that is not working etc.
How can we get this right? Join Luci Allen, Head of Operations at Pink Elephant EMEA, as she guides us through the many faces of the Service Desk and gives advice and guidance on just how to get it right.
Aleksandr Zhuk, President & CEO, Co-founder, BRM Institute & Mark Smalley, Ambassador & IT Paradigmologist
Based on recent and ongoing interest in Business Relationship Management, there can be no doubt that BRM is a hot topic. Organizations realize that a better relationship between business and IT will result in more business value from the IT provider’s products and services.
But how do you achieve this from a provider’s perspective? What kind of knowledge, skills, behaviors and processes do you need? And because the relationship is by definition with the business, what do you expect from your partners on ‘the other side of the fence’? How can you help them to fulfil their side of the bargain?
This webinar references the BRM Institute's Interactive Body of Knowledge (BRMBOK) and the ASL BiSL Foundation's Business Information Service Library (BiSL).
After listening to Aleksandr and Mark share their perspectives, there’ll be ample opportunity for you to join in and contribute to the dialogue - you are most welcome!
Cultural Change is one of the hardest things to crack within any organisation, let alone within IT. IT is fast paced - moving responsively to the business, technological and even public requirements. However, a required cultural shift from within is rarely successful. On average a mere 30% of Cultural Change Initiatives are successful, and a lot can be lost when it fails!
Join Helen Windle, ITSM Consultant, as she guides you through the key points to get it right first time.
Andrew Humphrey, Head of Service Management, Auto Trader
Auto Trader is the largest digital automotive marketplace in the UK with 65% of all used car transactions involving cars advertised on Auto Trader’s web services. As an online organisation it was critical to business strategy that Auto Trader find innovative ways to increase the speed and quality of their release cycles. To achieve these goals Auto Trader IT organisation had to leverage cutting edge automation and blend several best practice models for their own recipe and approach to enabling business results.
Join Andrew Humphrey as he discusses their service management journey over the past five years which has seen them start with ITIL, incorporate Lean principles, Agile development methods and DevOps automation. These incorporations have resulted in a highly flexible and capable support organisation that uses the best of breed approach from multiple disciplines to offer an enviable level of business support.
Peter Hubbard, Principal ITSM Consultant @ Pink Elephant EMEA
One of the most critical challenges IT departments have is ensuring their IT strategy underpins the business strategy, and more importantly, is seen and understood by the business to underpin its strategy while adding value.
Establishing an IT governance model is the tool and method which allows senior managers to choose key focus areas from multiple best practice frameworks, such as ITIL, PRINCE2, ISO27001 and ISO38500. They do this to ensure the structure of the IT department, and the capabilities of those departments deliver value and align as closely as possible to the business needs. Join Peter Hubbard, Pink Elephant EMEA, as he takes the mystery out of ensuring your IT strategy not only underpins the business strategy, but is seen to underpin it with concrete defined processes, activities, controls, metrics and deliverables all mapped back to defined business needs.
Peter Hubbard, Principal ITSM Consultant @ Pink Elephant EMEA
Why do so many improvement programmes fail to deliver the expected benefits?
Drawing on 20 years experience delivering targeted improvement programmes for clients around the world join Peter Hubbard, Principal ITSM Consultant @ Pink Elephant, as he discusses what aspects a successful improvement programme needs to consider, and what happens when those same aspects are neglected.
Luci Allen, Head of Service Operations Pink Elephant EMEA
It’s been a while since we’ve had a significant portfolio development to talk about in the world of ITIL training, but that is all set to change with the launch of the ITIL Practitioner Certification for 2016!
Where ITIL Foundation focuses on the ‘what’ and the ‘why’, ITIL Practitioner shows ‘how’ to start adopting and adapting the ITIL framework within day-to-day situations and responsibilities, giving individuals more confidence in their ability to structure and contribute to ITSM initiatives.
Join Luci Allen, Head of Service Operations Pink Elephant EMEA, as she outlines how the ITIL Practitioner course provides individuals with a comprehensive toolkit of templates, guides and worksheets and adds value to ITSM improvement initiatives by incorporating good practice from other methodologies and frameworks such as DevOps and Lean.
Peter Hubbard, Principal ITSM Consultant Pink Elephant EMEA
Change Management is one of the most critical ITSM processes for any organisation, but it's worryingly easy to get it wrong! All to many organisations try to deploy, or improve, this key area and struggle to gain adoption from those it's designed to support.
ITIL is a great starting point but where is a poor Change Manager to turn to when confronted with those questions that aren’t covered in the books. “Do Incidents really require changes to resolve them?” “How do I make sure CAB does not turn into a technical torture chamber?” “What happens when Change Management goes home in the evening?” “How do I stop people abusing my emergency change process?” And of course “Just what is a change anyway?!”
Join Peter Hubbard, Principal ITSM Consultant Pink Elephant EMEA, as he shares practical solutions and tips gathered in his almost 20 years experience working within ITSM across all industry sectors.
Pink Elephant is an international business innovator and knowledge leader in the field of business transformation. With IT and consulting services, Pink Elephant enables clients to translate knowledge and creativity within their organisation into results. Beginning with its foundation in 1980, Pink Elephant has perceived the synergy between man and IT as the most important tool for businesses to innovate and increase their competitive advantage. Pink Elephant is active in more than 20 countries and alongside business and management consultancy also provides Enterprise App Services, IT Services, and Education Services.