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Change Agent CTO Podcast Episode 6

In this episode of the Change Agent Podcast I had a conversation with John Dyck, the CEO of CESMII, the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Intuit. We talk about how Industry 4.0 motions need commoditization, lower cost of entry, and how CESMII is helping.

Nathan Lasnoski by Nathan Lasnoski

Service Management In The Executive Suite – Part 3

This is part 3 of a running series on how to pull together key service management activities to support executive business decision making. Part 1 provided an overview of a 5-Step approach for pulling together actions and data for executive decisions. Part 2 addressed how to identify company services. Part 3 now takes a look at a very critical piece to identify the underlying assets, or “bill of materials” that support each of those services. This discusses the concepts of service discovery and mapping.

Randy Steinberg by Randy Steinberg

Service Management In The Executive Suite – Part 2

As the 2nd Part in this series, we continue with the 5-Step approach first outlined in Part 1. This approach leverages Services Thinking. It allows for sound business concepts that can be leveraged to change the dynamic for how IT manages itself and works with the business. In Part 2, we will examine how to build a portfolio of all current IT services used to support the business. This is not as simple as it sounds. Business people understand services from a business perspective, but not an IT perspective. IT people will understand technologies and platforms, but not necessarily understand how these support the business.

Randy Steinberg by Randy Steinberg

Service Management In The Executive Suite – Part 1

Many IT organizations have yet to recognize that the traditional IT operating model of delivering IT to the business in the form of bundled capabilities and assets is now wearing thin in an age of cloud computing, on-demand services, virtualization, outsourcing and rapidly changing business delivery strategies. While there is great value in establishing processes, tools and organization responsibilities for Service Management, there is tremendous opportunity for providing much more value at the senior leadership level. This is Part 1 of a series that describes a practical 5-step approach that IT organizations can use to quickly align themselves with the business by grasping their IT services, creating business cost transparency and establishing service strategies.

Randy Steinberg by Randy Steinberg

Predicting Future Incident Counts - Use Regression Analysis!

Predict incident counts before they happen! This describes a powerful approach for forecasting what incident volumes may look like in the future. The approach is very effective at showing a business case that gets executives and management on board to fund improvement initiatives for better service. Presented here is a step by step Regression Analysis approach that uses past incident volumes to model future incident volumes using an actual scenario from a very large IT organization.

Randy Steinberg by Randy Steinberg

Prioritizing Service Improvement Projects Using A Scoring Framework – Take Out The Emotion!

Far too many times, IT organizations struggle with finding a fair means to prioritize the service improvement projects they will invest in. These sometimes turn into near war zones where each business unit fights to get their pet projects into the mix. Company politics may divert funding to those business units with the most clout versus what may be truly best for the business. Managing the portfolio can be done more effectively with use of an agreed scoring system based on key criteria. Through this, decisions can be made based on facts and scores versus raw emotions and competing business agendas.

Randy Steinberg by Randy Steinberg

Radical Incident Reduction – The 30-30-30 Program

Want to pump up your IT delivery with a program that excites executives, provides great business value and greatly lowers unplanned labor costs, incident volumes and service outages? The 30-30-30 Program is a fast-paced attention getting program that targets a 30% reduction in incident counts, 30% reduction in resolution times and a 30% increase in support staff skills for getting to root causes and eliminating the incidents they cause. This presents how the program works and presents some examples used in a large IT organization. The approach described can be used in any IT organization.

Randy Steinberg by Randy Steinberg

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Names Concurrency, Inc. a Winner of The Southeast Wisconsin Top Workplaces 2021 Award

(Brookfield, Wisconsin, May 10, 2021) – Concurrency, Inc. has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2021 honor by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Top Workplaces. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage LLC. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization: including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.  

Stephanie Siewert by Stephanie Siewert

Re-Thinking the Service Desk – From Call Taking To Strategic Service Delivery Center

The Service Desk has been traditionally viewed as the IT organization that helps employees of a company with the computer related problems. It has generally been accepted as the primary customer interface and touchpoint where people can get help with IT issues, problems and requests. This is a very limited view of what the Service Desk can be. In fact, the Service Desk is the only organization within IT positioned to be the strategic service management nerve center across the entire IT enterprise.

Randy Steinberg by Randy Steinberg

Metrics That Matter – A Model For IT Decision Making

Many IT organizations mistakenly start their IT metrics efforts by looking at their monitoring and reporting tools and then backing into the metrics that those tools provide. Improvement focus then becomes limited to the tool sets available versus what is really critical to success. We’ve also seen the monthly IT service reports or web portal that few look at. They are frequently ignored because the metrics in them have little meaning or significance for the audience viewing them. There is opportunity to provide value to IT leadership by giving them the visibility to make timely accurate decisions using a metrics model that supports decision making.

Randy Steinberg by Randy Steinberg