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.
RecordedJul 21 201641 mins
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Peter Hubbard, Principle Consultant & Head of product portfolio UK, Pink Elephant
The release of ITIL 4 raises a lot of questions. How has it changed from V3? What do the changes mean for your organisation? What does it mean for your training and V3 certificates? Why is it ITIL 4 and not ITIL V4? And, what happened to the Service Lifecycle anyway? Peter Hubbard from Pink Elephant answers these questions and looks at the reception to ITIL 4 and first impressions of using the guidance it offers.
- An overview of ITIL 4 and what it means for all organisations
- Understand where V3 processes ended up and what will have to change
- Discover how the new ITIL 4 certification scheme works
Richard de Boer, lead trainer and senior consultant, Pink Elephant Netherlands
Organisations often expect a lot from self-supporting Agile teams in today’s world. Time to market is crucial and the velocity of your Agile team seems to be the only key performance indicator.
The forming-storming-norming-performing model of group development has taught us that these phases are all necessary and inevitable for the team to grow, face challenges, tackle problems, find solutions, plan work and deliver results.
The smoother the transition between storming and performing, the sooner an organisation will see results, which will have a positive effect on your team’s Velocity.
During this session, Richard will help recognise what various group development stages are and what your strategy for each should be.
Join Richard as he explains the following:
• How to gain insight into the various stages of group development
• Recognising the characteristics of each stage
• How to develop a strategy for each stage
• Understanding the importance of stable teams
Graham Herbert, Head of Professional Services, Pink Elephant SA
Enterprises traditionally offered services in a daylight cycle that allowed their internal IT to follow a similar supportive operational alignment. IT has used the Service Desk as a Single Point of Contact to act as the IT interface to Business and its customers, with a linked business hours offering.
Customer demands of the business have changed with many enterprises extending services and product support to an “always available” offering that moves the Service Desk from a weekday 6-till-6 to 24/7. This extension of the Service Desk operational hours has many challenges to be dealt with and decisions requiring answers.
Join Graham Herbert from Pink Elephant as he walks us through how to gear up to this challenge and look at what decision points will have to be dealt with in order to move to 24/7 Service Desk support.
Peter Hubbard, Principal Consultant at Pink Elephant and Paul Yates Senior Technical Consultant at FireScope
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 and that does not even count the ongoing workload of keeping the records up to date once the toolset has been created.
Find out how FireScope approaches this problem with their Secure Discovery and Dependency Mapping tool, allowing you to have your CMDB always up to date and requires no up-keep
Join Peter Hubbard, Principal ITSM Consultant at Pink Elephant EMEA and Paul Yates, Senior Technical Consultant at FireScope, as they discuss creating a CMDB in the real world in 2019.
Peter Hubbard, Principal Consultant at Pink Elephant EMEA
In IT there are only 3 times that the business will notice us.
When its new, when the bill comes due and when it's broken! As statistically speaking its most likely to break when its new there is a good chance that most of your high-pressure interactions with the business will be when something is broken!
The way in which an IT department handles its response to a major incident is critical and poor communication, slow response and lack of updates are all major issues that cause friction between IT and the business at these critical times.
Join Peter Hubbard from Pink Elephant as he walks us through how to create a Major Incident process, the dos and don'ts of how to manage them and uses a case study of a real-world major incident response to illustrate the learning that can happen.
After all, no organisation should waste a good disaster!
For decades, the goal of Incident Response in IT has been increased user productivity. Get them back up and running as fast as possible. But, truthfully, Incident Management is usually more of a band-aid than a cure. We know how to eliminate existing incidents using root cause analysis & Kaizen.
We know how to reduce incidents up front by improving the quality of changes. But what IT still struggles with is cyber or security-related incidents. Most service desks function as the frontline reporting structure for ALL types of incidents, but without a specific process for handling security issues.
Jaro Tomik, Channel Account Manager at G2G3 & Gijs-Jan Huisman, Managing Director, Pink Elephant EMEA
With over 50% of large IT enterprises using or intending to use, a DevOps approach in the next year, less than half of those already using DevOps report any level of success.
When asked to identify the biggest obstacle to adopting DevOps, most cite “people” challenges – as opposed to process, technology or information – as the greatest issue.
The Answer: DevOps Simulation
Accelerates adoption of DevOps across the enterprise
Turns DevOps opponents into advocates
Clearly communicates the DevOps case for change accelerates a positive DevOps culture
Creates a shared understanding for Development and Operations around how to work together as a high performing cross-functional team
Provides new practices that can be executed with immediate effect.
Eddie Potts, Principal Consultant Pink Elephant EMEA ltd
ITSM tools are replaced too frequently because buyers fail to gain the expected benefits. This is because the buying selection process is ill-considered. In this vendor neutral session, Eddie Potts references his experience working with businesses and multiple platforms to prove why the flawed buying process is a major reason why ROI is not achieved.
As our industry transforms and changes, the last century standards for cross-team communication and training changes as well. G2G3 and Pink Elephant know what makes people tick in this digital age, and use every creative tool at our disposal to help educate and inspire people towards positive action
In this conversational webinar, Pink Elephant’s Peter Hubbard and G2G3’s Aidan Hewitt explore the challenges faced by Industry today when it comes to education and team building in IT teams.
The value of business simulations:
•Dynamic engagement and visioning from CxO level to IT Analyst
•Cross organization understanding of business value
•Accelerate alignment on the vision to achieve the “AHA!” moment
•Powerful vehicle for engaging staff on the journey to future state
•Reduce cultural and political barriers to organizational change
•Increased buy-in, take up and advocacy for transformation
•Reduced sales cycles and implementation times
•Help your customer to deliver results, faster, improved customer satisfaction and increased revenues.
Join Peter Hubbard a Principle ITSM Consultant at Pink Elephant and Mark O'Loughlin the Managing Director of the Cloud Credential Council as they explore how ITSM is affected by cloud computing.
Cloud computing brings many business benefits ranging from increased cost efficiencies, business agility, improved use of resources, reduction of operational issues and capital expense but it also brings many challenges to address. How can ITSM ensure that cloud services are managed and deliver real business benefit for their organisations?
Successful cloud adoption can enhance economic growth and have significant industry impact across the economy, but unsuccessful cloud adoption can open the organisation up to potential data breeches, cloud sprawl and loss of control.
In this webinar Peter and Mark will discuss how to avoid the lack of control that blights many cloud adoptions in the digital era.
Dave Whyte, Operations Engineering Lead at Auto Trader UK
In 2007, the IT department of AutoTrader was at the lowest of the low, untrusted and not seen as a true partner to the business. As the organisation transitioned from a brick and mortar printing organisation to an online digital organisation, they needed their IT department to step up and deliver more reliable and better-aligned IT services, while the rate of change would double and then double again. During this session, Dave will translate theory into practice and show how the IT department moved from a traditional ITSM implementation based on traditional ITIL to one that blends DevOps, Lean IT and ITIL together. He will discuss the bumps encountered along the way and how they were overcome. The IT department is now seen as a trusted business partner and has been invited to assist in major business improvement initiatives as the organisation hopes to replicate their internal successes for the business as a whole.
Join Dave as he discusses:
- The importance of a solid foundation and how ITIL gave them that foundation to accelerate improvement
- How to handle Change and Release Management in a DevOps environment
- Why shared monitoring with Operational and Development teams is critical to the success of DevOps
- How they have embedded ITSM within the culture of the organisation itself
As our industry transforms and matures, last century standards for cross-team communication become less and less efficient. And in today’s digital world, the tiniest technical glitch can have huge consequences—requiring swift and flawless communication. Whether it’s a datacenter outage, a cyber-attack, an application failure, or a manmade issue, they’re all critical events which support centers need to identify, categorize, and help coordinate cross-functional teams for timely restoration.
Today, there’s an area where the role of the service desk continues to become more and more strategic when it comes to communication: Critical event management. So when IT hits the fan, will you be prepared to manage critical events? Are you using the right tools? Are you meeting your SLAs and complying with regulations?
In this conversational webinar, Pink Elephant’s Peter Hubbard and Everbridge’s Mike Beckett explore the challenges faced by modern team structures when it comes to interrupted or complex coordination during unexpected IT downtime events.
What you’ll learn:
* The challenges around communication, collaboration, and coordination
* Why not all incidents are equally important
* Why the “one size fits all” support model no longer works
* Solutions, ideas, and takeaways for critical event management
Who should attend:
* Support center managers and directors responsible for communications
* Telecom administrators looking for solutions for rapid communications
* Service management professionals responsible for business continuity and/or disaster recovery
* Incident managers
* Any organization contemplating the adoption of a #DevOps culture
* IT executives concerned about quality of IT services, response team performance, MTTR
* Performance managers and auditors
Everyone’s talking about it!! Are you prepared for GDPR? Do you have the proper standards, processes, and tools in place to keep sensitive customer data safe, even when new software vulnerabilities emerge?
Join Helen Windle who will talk you through the evolution of Data Security, where we are now and the impact that GDPR will have on many organisations. You will also get to understand the critical aspects of GDPR and discover the key steps you should take to ensure your business is prepared to support your GDPR initiatives and maintain compliance.
Peter Hubbard - Principle Consultant at Pink Elephant EMEA
DevOps is recognised as a new way of working within IT departments. But what, exactly, is it? Where did it come from? Why is it being talked about more and more? Who is using it? Does it really work? How do I know if I am ‘doing DevOps’? Why would I even want to do it?
Join Peter Hubbard, Principal Consultant from Pink Elephant EMEA Ltd as he provides an overview of DevOps – the basics.
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.”
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.