Cloudy with a Chance of Metrics: Measure Cloud Computing
Do you have your cloudometer ready? How will you know if Cloud Computing is delivering what it is supposed to? Do you know what metrics your business or organization values? Do you know how many metrics are the right number to govern this emerging service? In this presentation, Jason will drill into how IT Service Management best practices highlight the need for continual service improvement. We will discuss the importance of and techniques for defining, measuring, controlling and managing Cloud Computing services using ITSM best practices to ensure a successful balance between the customer experience, cost and effectiveness.
Jason Rosenfeld is the IT Service Management Practice Lead at Cask Technologies. He is an expert hands-on advisor specializing in Agile Service Management, IT Governance, Tool Procurement, Operational Maturity Assessments, Outsourcing Valuation, and IT Analytics.
RecordedOct 28 201045 mins
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Moderator: Sean Lingo, Speakers: Suzanne Chartol, Paul Gvoth, Daniel Greer
With the passage of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), agencies are looking for ways to improve IT financial accountability and performance. Cask and Apptio invite you to a live webinar, Financial Management in a FITARA World, where you will learn how to promote transparency in existing IT assets to enable better IT planning and budgeting.
Register for the webinar to learn:
•How to drive IT cost savings and efficiencies
•How to grow a mature financial management capability
•Best practices to help you achieve FITARA compliance
•Tools and techniques to better assess and manage your IT planning and budgeting requirements
Host: Director of Enterprise Solutions, Jason Rosenfeld
The fall semester has started at universities across the country, and many schools are beginning to look out into 2016...With over 150 universities across the globe downloading our white paper, Services University: Transform Higher Education IT Organizations with a Services Focus, we thought it made a ton of sense to talk to some of our customers about these topics and share this conversation with you!
Join us on October 21st, to hear from Cask's panel of university customers who are transforming their IT organizations by making the shift to become a services-focused organization. Cask’s Director of Enterprise Solutions, Jason Rosenfeld, will be hosting a panel with several university leaders, to hear their advice, learn from their successes and pitfalls, and hear what they are looking forward to for 2016. We welcome our amazing panel including:
Lisa Kass, Associate Director, University of Southern California
Carol Gonzales, Associate CIO, Cal Poly Pomona
Borre Ulrichsen, CIO, California State University - East Bay
In this webinar, you will get the opportunity to hear the opinions of industry experts based on their first-hand experiences. Some of the questions we’ll be sure to ask are:
How are Higher Ed IT Departments different from IT departments in other industries? How are they similar?
What is the most important step in becoming a services-focused organization?
What is the biggest challenge in transforming an organization to a services focused one?
What initiatives are you focusing on for 2016?
Watch on demand now and bring your questions to learn how a shift to a services focus can help your organization.
In this session, we will continue our detailed investigation of the ITIL® framework, as we take on Transition Planning and Support. It’s one of the most recognized processes from the Service Transition book.
Service Transition is a seriously undervalued part of the IT services lifecycle, as it stands between design/development and “Business as Usual” (BAU) operations. While there is consensus that this is an important part of the equation, there is frighteningly little consensus about what good operating practices look like. In many cases, people on both sides of the Dev/Ops gulf struggle with where responsibilities start/stop and how to mediate the differences. In this session, we’ll dig down into the guidance to understand the transition stage and its fit within the lifecycle. As we do, we’ll talk about some practical steps you can take to reduce the associated uncertainty with and increase the number of successful transitions.
During this presentation, we’ll talk about:
How Transition Planning and Support can be useful to you beyond what is written in the ITIL publications;
What role Service Transition and Support plays in improving your current practices;
The different types of planning and how they fit together;
What you should pay attention to, to ensure you are getting all you can from your Service Transition activities.
Register now - join us to find out how to have Transition Planning and Support deliver better results for your organization.
In this session, we will continue our detailed investigation of the ITIL framework with IT Service Continuity Management. It’s one of the better known (named) processes from the Service Design book
IT Service Continuity Management (ITSCM) is a process that is commonly talked about, but often largely ignored. To make matters worse, it's often confused (and then conflated) with its siblings -- Business Continuity Management and Disaster Recovery. The unfortunate part of this is that many think of ITSCM in the context of a high visibility, major event (e.g. earthquake, forest fire, hurricane, etc.), not those events which are likely to occur on a near-routine basis. Having an understanding and appreciation of the fit of ITSCM is an important element of any ITSM initiative. During this presentation, we’ll talk about:
How IT Service Continuity Management can be useful to you beyond what is written in the ITIL publications;
What role IT Service Continuity Management plays in improving your current practices;
What you must do to get serious about IT Service Continuity Management;
What you should pay attention to, to ensure you are getting all you can from your IT Service Continuity Management activities.
Register now - gain a fresh perspective on how IT Service Continuity Management can help your organization.
In this session, we will begin our detailed investigation of the ITIL framework with Demand Management. It's one of the lesser known and talked about processes from the Service Strategy book.
While some would consider Demand Management useful only to those who wish to amaze and confuse their peers at ITSM conferences, these same people would be surprised. An understanding and appreciation of Demand Management is an absolutely critical input to several practice areas which most consider "core" to ITSM.
During this presentation, we'll talk about:
- How Demand Management can be useful to you beyond what is written in the ITIL publications;
- What you can use Demand Management for to improve your current practices;
- Some of the methods you can use to get serious about Demand Management;
- What you should pay attention to, to ensure your Demand Management investigations are going well
Register now - learn how Demand Management can help your organization.
Jason Rosenfeld, Associate Director at Cask & Guest Speaker, Eveline Oehrlich, VP & Research Director at Forrester Research
“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now." - Alan Lakein
There is a close connection between purpose and priority. There are many priorities in managing and investing in technology today but which ones are the “highest”, “the top”, “the first”,” the main” and “the most important”. How will you know? Should there only be one priority? Goal setting and planning your IT and business technology investment is a key topic for many technology and business managers. You see three letter acronyms such as ITFM, TBM, BIT (and maybe more) but they all are trying to achieve the same: management of the technology budget to sustain or better continually increase your company’s customer experience. Which acronym and vendor should you follow? Before we answer that, we like to ask you:
Where are you going?
Where do you want to be someday?
Join Cask's Jason Rosenfeld, and featured guest, Eveline Oehrlich of Forrester Research in our upcoming webinar where we will describe the key journey of shifting your technology management strategy from running the business to changing the business – no matter which acronym you want to use.
The "secret" to Service Management success varies across organizations, as every business has a different set of people, processes, tools, and systems. At Cask, we recognize that every organization is unique, and we tailor our Service Management solutions to fit the needs of our customers. We have worked with clients across all industries and sizes, and at varying levels of maturity, to enable the Service Management transformation that is right for their organization.
Join us on September 25th, to hear from Cask's customers. Service Management Practice Lead, Jason Rosenfeld, will be hosting a panel with several of Cask's advisors to hear about their "secret" to Service Management success. In this webinar, you will get the opportunity to hear the opinions of industry experts based on their first-hand experiences:
What is the first step to Service Management success?
How do you define and measure success in your organization?
When can your organization make the move from ITSM to a true Service Management culture?
Who are the key players enabling transformation?
Register now - learn what Service Management "secret" can help your organization.
Running a global IT organization today is no easy feat. Many of these organizations are spread across multiple countries, support thousands of people, and deliver services to millions of external customers. All the while, these IT organizations must find ways to of deliver better and faster service, while keeping costs low, and still be recognized as a source of innovation for the business.
Join Cask's Senior Advisor, Mark Smiley, as he shares some tips on how to manage and consolidate disparate systems, standards, tools and processes in a global organization. Mark Smiley has extensive experience working with internationally recognized organizations to manage the organizational change required to establish a baseline of commonalities between multiple countries and cultures. In this webinar, we will cover how to:
• Set up common standards across countries
• Break down cultural barriers to get people working together
• Reduce the number of systems, tools and vendors to become more efficient
• Find the right balance to appropriately manage every region
Register now and learn how to get your organization working as one.
Finding your true love is not easy. For some people it takes over half of a lifetime to do. For others, they may believe they have found their true love, only to spend all of their time and energy constantly trying to change that person. Similarly, many organizations select ITSM tools, only to spend years changing and modifying them until the tool becomes unrecognizable and no longer supports the organization. This leaves them in desperate need of “tool divorce” as they begin running away from their tool rather than thinking strategically and taking the right steps to find the right tool for their organization.
With the number of ITSM tool vendors out there, we know finding the right one can be as difficult. Don’t end up in another painful ITSM “tool divorce.” Join Jason as he goes through some important concepts to select the right ITSM partner and key actions to ensure you end up in IT harmony with the right ITSM tool.
Modern enterprises are faced with the challenge of achieving strategic objectives while maintaining compliance with both internal and external policies and regulations. Unfortunately, many organizations are overwhelmed by the seemingly endless array of regulations, best practices, and technology standards that impact management decision making. By improving Governance, Risk & Compliance processes, businesses can help manage the policies, procedures and controls needed to meet this challenge. Join Cask to learn:
• The business value of linking governance requirements to service management processes
• Some practical tips for GRC success based on real-world experience in environments subject to HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, COBIT and SSAE-16 requirements
• How to enable your organization to demonstrate compliance and achieve audit success as the routine outcome of normal service management operations
Instead of a periodic frenzy of activity to generate material to satisfy your auditors, implementation of these suggestions will help ensure that day-to-day incident, change and related ITIL processes not only support efficient service management, but generate records that validate the effectiveness of governance controls.
Successful business leaders understand the importance of establishing key metrics to measure effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery against organizational goals and initiatives. It is important to think beyond the key metrics such as: revenue, customer satisfaction, and quality. In order to develop and sustain a successful organization, it is critical to consistently monitor and act on changes in business performance indicated by the metrics. Through the use of data and context, businesses can measure the impact of our actions to deliver on specific business outcomes. Join Cask to learn:
- When data is just data
- What’s important to consider when developing Key Process Indicators (KPIs) and Metrics
- How to add context to the data
- What “Operating Mechanisms” are…and how they combine data and context to drive the right actions
- In order to successfully operate as a business, it is critical to understand the meaning of data, the addition of context, and how to drive the right actions.
Best practice frameworks are in many ways comparable to the images and advice found in the columns of fashion magazines. IT Service Management, Program Management, and Software Development best practice frameworks portray flawless environments where projects and teams work in harmony; whereas fashion magazines portray flawless individuals dressed in perfectly tailored, top quality clothing that is impeccably put together. This is purposeful - Meant to inspire through providing suggestions and guidance on how we can improve our own situations.
Join Amy and Drew through an interactive session that shows how mixing and matching frameworks for your organization is much like selecting a wardrobe. In this session, we will use ITIL, PMI, and Scrum as our best practice frameworks and demonstrate how organizations can mix, match, and tailor to create a style that is uniquely theirs.
More about our Presenters:
Amy Dykstra and Drew Walden of Cask, LLC bring more than 20 years of experience in the development, implementation, and application of systematic management frameworks supporting whole organizations, portfolios, programs, and individual projects and services. Within this context, they have developed and re-engineered business processes to align operations with business objectives and enabled organizations to acquire and employ the necessary resources and skills within agreed parameters of cost, time, and quality. Their combined portfolios of clients and experiences provide a unique take on the selection and implementation of various best practice frameworks.
Mercedes Alvarez-Arancedo, Richard Pilgrim and Jason Rosenfeld
Join Mercedes Alvarez-Arancedo of California State University-East Bay, Richard Pilgrim and Jason Rosenfeld of Cask, LLC in this information session to learn how CSUEB:
− Rationalized their services from over 150 down to just over 50 services
− Developed a foundational Service Portfolio
− Built a structured hierarchy and used terminology that was meaningful to faculty, students and staff
− Defined each service family, service and request actions
− Implemented their Service Catalog in ServiceNow
− Communicated and marketed their Service Catalog across campus
ITSM initiatives all have at least one thing in common – they require changes in what people do on a daily basis. While most ITSM initiatives focus on deploying powerful tool suites and defining ITIL-aligned processes, most seem to assume that training will solve the people factors. We know from experience that this is not enough. Success requires an understanding and orchestration of the people factors involved in impactful change. Join Cask to understand issues such as:
• Why your last tool rollout is impacting your current rollout.
• Why using ‘out of the box’ processes feels like putting your left shoe on your right foot.
• Why it seems that your leaders are the most motivated people in the group, until you need them the most.
“People ignore design that ignores people” – Frank Chimero
This presentation will focus on the human element of one of the most important functions within an IT environment. Establishing and optimizing your Local or Centralized Service Desk begins with hiring the right people, and placing them in positions that will help your organization succeed.
This discussion will highlight some key attributes of the Service Desk that often can go unrecognized:
- Discussion around cross training for your S.D. personnel. How to make that happen, and the positive consequences as a result
- Keys to marketing the Service Desk within your organization
- Going on “fishing expeditions” to seek out potential opportunities for the Service Desk
- Focus on career growth. See the Service Desk as an entry point, not a dead end, to your IT organization.
Mark Smiley is ITIL® & HDI certified with over a decade of ITSM and Service Desk experience. He's worked with various clients and industries from around the world, including the government, healthcare, and education sectors, ranging from 5,000 to 400,000 users. Most recently, he has assisted in the establishment and development of three Service Desks, in addition to directly managing teams dedicated to customer support. He currently is working as a senior advisor to the United States Marine Corps as they establish their own Service Desk to support their day to day operations.
Often times we experience availability incidents. These incidents hold a different service level than those incidents caused by connectivity incidents. So what next?
Join Rich Pilgrim, an experienced IT professional with over 20 years in the ITSM field, as he discusses the categorization of incidents and how they affect your SLA's, the link between incidents and problems and who should be looking at your SLA's for better service delivery.
Jason Rosenfeld, ITSM Practice Lead, Cask, LLC and Christoph Goldenstern, Kepner-Tregoe
Join Jason Rosenfeld, Service Management Practice Lead at Cask, LLC and Christoph Goldenstern of Kepner-Tregoe as they discuss:
- Origin of the Kepner-Tregoe methodology and its role in Incident and Problem Management
- How to improve IM & PM at the “how to” level
- A sense of what KT process is about (via a short process demo)
- How to make improvements stick
- What is the potential ROI of a rational process-based approach to Incident and problem Management
Jason Rosenfeld, ITSM Practice Lead, Cask, LLC and Jason Hopwood, Axios Systems
As consumers, we flock to service providers that clearly communicate the value that they offer us - from online travel websites to app stores. However, when it comes to providing technology based services to internal customers, why are businesses unable to articulate the value of the services they provide? Join this webinar for a virtual workshop exploring how an App Store's "Service Catalog" (Music, Books, etc.) directly relates to mapping Business Services (Finance, HR, etc.) to delivering value. We will also discuss how the intuitive nature of the App Store can help drive the successful adoption of a Service Catalog.
Jason Rosenfeld, ITIL®v3 Expert, ITSM Practice Lead; Ken Dernbach, Service Desk Manager, LPL Financial, ITIL v3, Novell CNE
Ken and Jason will discuss how LPL Financial addressed an inconsistent request fulfillment process and low customer confidence in IT Services delivery capability. They will highlight how they used ITIL best practices and an Agile approach to:
• Assess the current state of a specific business process (not an IT process)
• Identify the key business stakeholders and ensure their involvement in designing a new process and developing the business services to support it
• Design a customer facing Service Catalog
• Map IT Services to support the business process and associated services
• Shorten the time to implement a Service Catalog
• Improve the customer experience, shorten delivery times and reduce cost
Ken Dernbach is the Service Desk Manager at LPL Financial, ITIL v3 Foundation certified, a Novell CNE, a Microsoft MCP, and has over 20 years of IT industry experience with over 15 years managing service delivery teams. Ken holds a BA in Business Administration from National University and an MBA from the University of Redlands.
Jason Rosenfeld is the IT Service Management Practice Lead at Cask, LLC, an ITIL v3 Expert, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and has 15 years of hand-on ITSM and Service Delivery experience. He is the President of the ITSMF USA San Diego LIG and is currently working with Carnegie-Mellon-University and industry leaders on the Cloud Service Measurement Initiative Consortium. Jason holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University.
Helping clients assess, improve, and mature their operations
Cask is a Business and Technology Management Consulting firm focused on delivering clients a dynamic range of services; including strategy development, decision support and roadmaps, process improvement, and organizational transformation. Our portfolio of services provides support to clients across the project/program lifecycle through assessments, training/education, hands-on workshops, and traditional consulting engagements. With offices across the US, Cask has been ranked for three years in a row on the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Company as well as Consulting Magazine’s Best Small Firms to Work For.