Recovering a Failing IT Outsource Service

Eavesdrop on a conversation between two senior IT staff of a fictitious company charged with the successful execution of an outsourced arrangement that has just passed its two-year anniversary.  Gain an insight into the difficulties they are experiencing, their search for the root causes and their development of a plan to deliver targeted improvement.  The…

Getting Multiple Suppliers to Work Together

Multi-supplier service is all the rage, together with its linking agent Service Integration and Management (SIAM). Wonderful in theory… How does one practically get multiple parties to collaborate towards a common end? It was recognised early in the development of multi-supplier models that there needed to be a unifying agent. A great deal of time…

Two people sharing concepts

“Ah Yes, I Remember it Well!” Why Knowledge Management Matters

Access to essential information and the ability to apply it with full knowledge of its implications are essential to all services. Knowledge management has long been a bane of services. What does one have to do to keep the information flowing? The European Committee for Standardization suggests the definition: “Knowledge is the combination of data and…

Two heads with connected thought

“Mind the Gap!” Business’ Relationship with IT

Business users and IT (and other services) departments love to be rude about each other. Mutual incomprehension and worse frequently reign. What can be done to establish and maintain a healthy relationship and the high quality of service alignment? The gap between Business and IT has long been deep. IT people too often have little…