IT services management and best practices: An enterprise CIO guide

Last updated:August 2013

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IT services management (ITSM) aims to align the delivery of IT services with the needs of the organization, employees and customers. At the enterprise level, ITSM often incorporates the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), a globally recognized collection of best practices for IT services management, as well as lean or Agile best practices aimed at optimizing efficiency and minimizing waste.

Proper service management has become increasingly important as big data, self-service provisioning and bring-your-own-everything enter the business sphere. As a result, having a working knowledge of how ITSM can benefit business and IT processes isn't enough. CIOs must also focus their attention on providing comprehensive ITSM training and implementing Agile change management processes to keep users happy.

But don't take it from us -- take it from the pros. In this Essential Guide, get advice and tips from CIOs in the field looking to increase business value by developing cream-of-the-crop IT services management programs. These IT leaders share their dos, don'ts and personal experiences with ITSM implementation.

This Essential Guide on ITSM best practices is part of SearchCIO's CIO Briefings series, which is designed to give IT leaders strategic management and decision-making advice on timely topics.

1ITSM: Addressing the chokeholds

ITSM and ITIL frameworks clearly lead to improved service delivery, but CIOs often run into challenges with one of the core ITSM disciplines: change management.

Change management is not just a service transition, but a transition for every employee, partner and customer. Does your organization have what it takes to make the change management changeover as seamless and painless as possible? In the following pieces, our experts and CIO share their best advice for overcoming change management challenges.

2The consumerization of ITSM: A brave new world

CIO conversations have shifted from IT service catalogues to self-service provisioning. Forget just bring your own device -- IT service delivery is being reshaped by bring-your-own-everything. Nowhere is this more evident than with cloud services, which users feel empowered to peruse and purchase outside the purview of the IT organization.

The columns, tips and stories in this section offer a forward-looking overview of how ITSM best practices are changing in light of this BYOE era, and why self-service provisioning and other cloud trends make it more important than ever that IT operate like a business.

3IT service management and delivery: A quiz for CIOs

IT service management (ITSM) is a process-based practice focused on aligning IT systems and services with the needs of the company and its end users. IT service management and delivery moves organizations away from treating IT services as distinct silos and moves toward an environment where IT services blend seamlessly, improving the user experience. ITSM is often guided by the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL), a globally recognized collection of best practices.

Think you know it all when it comes to IT service management and delivery? Test your knowledge with our ITSM and ITIL quiz and discover how your company can improve in the areas of service, change and incident management.

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