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  4. It is much more controlled and allows for different kinds of customization that we can plan and implement based on the project requirements. Two features I like about Jira are its ticketing system and its compatibility with Confluence. Also, the Knowledge Base is one of the more valuable features that would really benefit us.
  5. Its interface is most valuable. It is easy to use, and our customers find it amazing because of that. Nowadays, it is not only IT technicians who deal with tickets. People from HR and finance also handle tickets, and not all of them are tech-savvy, so it is nice for them to have an interface that they can easily relate to. They appreciate that.
  6. Helix is more lightweight than these tools. It's a traditional tool that was developed more than 10 years ago. Ease of use is the operative word.The standards and the framework that it follows are most valuable. It has an ITIL and out-of-the-box framework.
  7. It runs smoothly and all of the components are very easy to work with.All of my staff is quite familiar with the usage and we customize based on our daily needs and based on different profiles. As a manager, I require diagnostics on a weekly or monthly basis. diagnostics. There needs to be some reporting for management and for my customers' management as well. So we created our own template. All of our different staff were required to do their own tagging or own tracking of cases. We create our own templates. I create my own template for my own weekly and monthly reporting to management. It's quite flexible in the sense that we're able to add our own customized views. We are able to easily export all this information into a proper reporting structure.
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  9. The solution can scale.The simplicity of the solution is excellent.
  10. The support from Microsoft is good and we also have local support on the ground in Nigeria.The reporting is very good.

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Shibu Babuchandran
Regional Manager/ Service Delivery at ASPL Info Services
Aug 31 2021
Future of NOC transformation unifies IT teams NOC transformation could lead to unified IT operations with cross-domain teams, but not all enterprises need radical change when smaller upgrades and modernization do the job. In the technology world, it can be easy to throw around the word… (more)
Future of NOC

Future of NOC transformation unifies IT teams

NOC transformation could lead to unified IT operations with cross-domain teams, but not all enterprises need radical change when smaller upgrades and modernization do the job.

In the technology world, it can be easy to throw around the word transformation and lose the nuances of what it entails.

Consider the networking industry. Remote work requires enterprises to rethink VPN strategies and management. Network automation means network practitioners have to shift from manual tasks and trust automated processes. Advances in security and visibility result in more collaboration with security teams. Like a chain reaction, each of these developments influences other areas, spurring more change, such as Network Operations Center (NOC) transformation.

Transformation occurs in varying increments and levels, depending on enterprise strategies, risk and motivation -- and the same applies to NOCs. Some companies don't have -- or need -- NOCs, some are gradually modernizing their NOCs and some are pursuing full-blown NOC transformation.

The role of traditional NOCs

For years, organizations have used NOCs to maintain an operational view of the network and the services running across it. NOC technicians and analysts follow certain best practices to monitor network performance, handle service desk tickets, triage and troubleshoot, and, if needed, escalate problems.

But many businesses don't function the same way they did five years ago -- or even one year ago -- and various factors are reshaping network operations strategies and priorities. The global pandemic is one obvious stimulant. But progress in server virtualization, IoT, cloud, containers and microservices has also sparked NOC transformation.

As technology has evolved, network traffic flows have changed, and application support is more complicated. As a result, network operations need to be more proactive and implement comprehensive visibility tools for their environments.

For example, end-users recognize one-third of all IT service problems before NOC technicians or other teams are alerted, which means one-third of all problems can impede business productivity before IT is aware of them. Remote work has exacerbated many of those management concerns, prompting network technicians to retool so they can achieve visibility into home office networks. Those tools include remote desktop access, endpoint transaction monitoring and laptop agents that generate test traffic to gauge latency and dropped packets, he said.

As operating models change, network teams should shift from tactical tasks -- in which they simply deploy, fix and maintain operations -- to strategic tasks that enable innovation and automation.

NOC Transformation doesn't look the same for every organization.

Virtualization and automation drive NOC modernization

Many NOC upgrades aren't radical transformations; rather, they're part of business strategies to virtualize, consolidate or modernize networks. Network teams undertake these upgrades to meet their goals of reduced downtime, improved end-user satisfaction and increased innovation within IT.

Within networking, teams are prioritizing modernization in the following areas:

  1. network security
  2. network virtualization
  3. network automation
  4. network operations optimization

With network operations optimization, teams look at how they can improve service-level agreement compliance and accelerate their mean time to resolution. In some cases, NOC teams troubleshoot issues that are originally perceived to be network problems, which they later discover to be security incidents. That time-lapse could be critical in the event of a breach or attack -- and could be shortened if network teams worked with security teams.

"Over the last four or five years, network operations teams -- whether they're in a NOC or a cross-domain team -- are trying to work more closely with security,"

Also, enterprises shift their network operations strategies to prioritize integrated network and security management, noting how networking and security are "increasingly bonded." As the integration of the two previously siloed departments strengthens, so too does IT innovation.

NOC transformation with unified operations

Enterprises that are focused on IT innovation and optimizing network operations could pursue a more transformational operations strategy. Perhaps the most ambitious NOC transformation is one that eliminates the standalone NOC and security operations center in favor of a unified operations center that includes networking, security, cloud and applications teams.

The goal of this unified approach is to streamline operations so all applications and services are highly resilient and avoid long downtimes, he said. Cross-domain teams collaborate to prevent trouble proactively instead of reacting to issues, helping enterprises achieve the innovation they desire.

Operations teams, however, need IT leadership guidance if they want to implement a unified operations approach. Different teams might not always get along, but the initiative is more likely to succeed with leadership support.

Another important factor to consider is data, which could be an asset or obstacle to a unified IT operations approach.

"[Networking and security] might have their own data repositories they guard jealously and don't want to share. If they do share, they might find their data conflicts with each other.

A way to address that issue is to have a common data set. Enterprises can implement a fabric that centrally distributes traffic to the individual tools each team uses. Those tools clean data from the same fabric, so teams can collaborate better and share data. The teams can also share an analysis tool -- with clear processes on how to use it -- to provide common views, reports and dashboards.

NOC transformation is not for everyone

Moving away from a standalone NOC to a unified operations approach can help streamline IT operations and improve overall service delivery. But independent NOCs are still an established and reliable way to monitor operations -- and moving away from them is a disruptive strategy that might not be for every organization.

"NOC transformation isn't going to be for everyone, and it isn't necessarily a best practice to go from a traditional NOC to something like an integrated cross-domain operation center" .

Shibu Babuchandran
Regional Manager/ Service Delivery at ASPL Info Services
Aug 18 2021
IT Operations Management (ITOM) refers to the administration of technology and application requirements within an IT organization. Under the ITIL framework, ITOM’s objective is to monitor, control, and execute the routine tasks necessary to support an organization’s IT infrastructure. In… (more)

IT Operations Management (ITOM) refers to the administration of technology and application requirements within an IT organization. Under the ITIL framework, ITOM’s objective is to monitor, control, and execute the routine tasks necessary to support an organization’s IT infrastructure.

In addition to the above, an ITOM solution ensures effective provisioning and management of capacity, cost, performance, and security of the IT infrastructure within the organization.

It’s interesting to see how mainstream technology seeps into various management paradigms such as AI supporting IT Service Management (ITSM) and IT Operations Management (ITOM). What’s more exciting is when these processes inspire and spread outside the IT infrastructure to the rest of the organization’s departments such as in the case of Enterprise Service Management (ESM).

2021-2022 will see a phenomenal shift in ITOM and its objective of providing cost-effective, efficient, and qualitative delivery of services. In this article we discuss five upcoming ITOM trends that are essential for securing and maintaining your IT infrastructure:

1. Data-driven IT Operations

A study conducted by Gartner estimates that by 2022, 60% of enterprise IT infrastructure will focus on “centers of data” that will inherently drive the majority of IT operations workflows and decision-making.

IT operations have always been dependent on incoming data to renew previous assumptions, improve processes, and increase performance efficiency. And now more than ever, we will need data from multiple sources of information such as logs, metrics, and traces to keep up the pace.

This might be more daunting when we learn that private sector companies are now looking for data sovereignty, latency, or compliance through private cloud systems. This will allow for enterprise services that need the flexibility and agility of the cloud but require siloed IT infrastructure.

Additionally, Artificial Intelligence for IT Operations (AIOps) will also play a role in monitoring, organizing, and managing large amounts of IT operations and event data.

2. Increased Adoption of ESM Solutions

In an ever-changing digital landscape, IT operations data and expertise are being utilized to improve non-IT areas of the organization such as human resources and marketing. The impact this data has on the rest of the organization has led to increased adoption of Enterprise Service Management solutions as a long-term strategy for business growth.

All departments within the organization will be able to adopt ESM but it should follow an order of priority, and it is the responsibility of the management to lead the organization through this developmental process.

Adopting an ESM solution ensures that your IT infrastructure succeeds even when market competition is fierce, consumer expectations are constantly changing, and the margin for error is minimal.

3. Automation-based Infrastructure Operations

Gartner has identified a rise in the trend of companies adopting automation strategies in an attempt to repurpose IT staff to perform tasks of greater value.

By automating repetitive tasks in the execution process, ITOM solutions help mitigate possible inconsistencies or issues that usually occur when the process is carried out manually.

Because ITOM extends visibility and reach into other IT Management processes such as ITAM, ITSM, and so on, automation-based infrastructure operations replace expensive human expertise and effort, thereby freeing up time for more complex tasks.

4. Unified Management Solution for All Hybrid Infrastructure

Another emerging trend in the ITOM space is a unified management solution for hybrid infrastructure, also called Hybrid Digital Infrastructure Management (HDIM).

The technology integrates multiple functionalities of routine IT operations such as infrastructure management, data management, cloud management, security, and other ITSM functions into one unified solution.

Because managing hybrid IT infrastructure is challenging, HDIM technologies will provide a viable solution that addresses the key pain points of operational processes and tools required to manage the same.

Although HDIM technologies are still in the early stages of development, Gartner predicts that 20% of IT organizations will adopt HDIM technologies to optimize hybrid IT infrastructure operations.

5. Transitioning from Traditional ITSM and ITOM to AIOps

Touted as the next big thing in IT management, Artificial Intelligence for IT Operations or AIOps is the application of advanced technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence to automate IT operations within the organization.

Modern IT infrastructure is becoming increasingly complex as enterprises look to adopt newer and more efficient solutions to meet modern-day IT challenges. AIOps helps enhance traditional ITSM and ITOM operations by automating key components of the process.

For instance, an AIOps solution can identify a network or outage problem in real-time, and use automation to identify the error and fix it even before the customer is notified. In addition, this improves the incident response time and increases performance efficiency, thereby improving the customer experience.


In the future, IT Operations Management will serve as an anchor for all organizational processes, IT-related and otherwise, to ensure that the delivery of quality IT support services is continuously optimized and improved with time.

ITOM automation will be capable of monitoring alerts and initiating required protocols for network intruders or server shutdown while AI collects operations data from such incidents and helps prevent future occurrences conveyed by user-friendly dashboards and forecast reports.

An effective ITOM solution lays the foundation for the successful and efficient management of an organization’s IT infrastructure.

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Shibu Babuchandran
Regional Manager/ Service Delivery at ASPL Info Services
Aug 14 2021
Future of ITSM: Trends and Predictions At the beginning of 2020, we made some predictions about the future of ITSM. Of course, there are some things that no one could have ever predicted this year – for example, there was no way to predict the global pandemic and the rapid-fire adoption of… (more)

Future of ITSM: Trends and Predictions

At the beginning of 2020, we made some predictions about the future of ITSM. Of course, there are some things that no one could have ever predicted this year – for example, there was no way to predict the global pandemic and the rapid-fire adoption of digital transformation that followed. However, these often-intense changes, have created a bright future full of opportunity for IT teams across the world.

The future of ITSM is bright, as is the future of digital transformation. Here we have some predictions of upcoming ITSM trends to watch.

What is ITSM

Before we dive into the future of IT service, it is important that we are on the same page as to what ITSM is and what it encompasses.

ITSM is often a catch-all term for the processes of the IT team. The formal definition of ITSM by Axelos is “The implementation and management of quality IT services that meet the needs of the business. IT service management is performed by IT service providers through an appropriate mix of people, process and information technology.”

In other words, ITSM refers to the entirety of activities directed by policies, organized and structured in processes and supporting procedures, that are performed by an organization to design, plan, deliver, operate and control information technology services offered to customers.

ITSM ensures the appropriate mix of people, processes, and technology needed to meet a company’s goals. It organizes the activities of the IT organization to prioritize service delivery and ultimately drives down IT expenses. This is all made possible through IT service management software.

ITSM can also be used enterprise-wide as Enterprise Service Management to improve communication between departments. For example, ITSM may be used to submit Facilities or HR requests.

Future of ITSM and IT Operations

We believe the following eight trends and predictions for ITSM will help companies continually innovate – no matter where the pandemic stands.

Enhanced IT support

A major benefit of an ITSM solution is enhancing access to IT Support. The future of ITSM and IT operations will bring the expansion of IT support, and the framework of ITIL will enhance the ability to provide consistent support. ITSM will become the default way to reach the IT department over traditional methods, like email or phone calls, and the move to self-service integration will bring forth a greater shift-left initiative, allowing IT to provide more in-depth support for the problems that cannot be resolved with self-help. Ultimately, this will bring forth better and more thorough IT experience utilizing the same number of people and resources.

Expanded ITSM Automation

Just as enhanced IT support will be brought through ITSM, increased use of automation will be adopted, which leads to a more successful shift-left initiative and ultimately an increased deflection of tickets.

Automation is made from a set of repeatable steps that can be done without human intervention. This can be workflow automation, automatic password resets or even automated updates within an organization. Overall, automation works to deflect tickets, resulting in the reduction of service desk call volume by as much as 30% and can majorly impact service desk metrics for the better – all of which help lower costs and increase productivity.

Added IT Chatbot Support

Chatbots are not only the future of ITSM but the future of communication in general. In fact, Gartner predicted that “by 2020, the average person will have more conversations with bots than with their spouse.” That sounds crazy, right? And yes, maybe it was a little bit far-fetched (especially since many of us have been at home with a spouse during Covid-19 lockdowns). But, with major growth and change in artificial intelligence (AI) technology, chatbots are now able to lend support like never before.

Working with a knowledge management database, chatbots can now access data and knowledge articles, create tickets within the ITSM system, and help users find the right support. Plus, chatbots programmed with a Natural Language Processing (NLP) layer can understand a wider range of people from a variety of regions, making it perfect to support remote workers across the world as they interact with IT support. Additionally, an NLP engine customized to personalize interactions with employees can further brand culture for a better experience and increased user adoption.

Increased Use of Knowledge Management

Knowledge management is the process of creating, sharing, using, and managing the knowledge and information of an organization. It refers to a multidisciplinary approach to achieving organizational objections by making the best use of knowledge. Being able to engage users through a contextualized knowledge approach will play a key role not only in the creation of knowledge but also in its use.

This can be achieved through a knowledge management solution or self-service portals that allow you to go beyond the knowledge article and offer an engaging knowledge experience that will reach anyone within your organization. There are so many benefits to knowledge management including increased efficiency with reduced costs, a superior employee experience, reduced duplication, and so much more. For this reason, knowledge management will only continue to grow in the future.

Invigorated IT Efficiency

Reducing costs and expenditures and optimizing budgets is going to be the name of the game going forward in a post-COVID world. In order to keep organizations running smoothly, the IT team must work to improve efficiency and optimize the technology. This will be brought about by the methods mentioned above, for example, ITSM software improves IT efficiency by enabling a shift-left initiative and by more easily escalating tickets when needed. Overall there will be a much higher focus on improved IT efficiency than ever before.

Improved Customer Service with Speed, Quality, and Cost

Employee and customer experience have always been a prevalent topic in the IT Service Management world. With that in mind, it is unsurprising that the future of ITSM involves the improvement of the customer service experience.

Many organizations are leveraging advanced technologies, including conversational AI and intelligent knowledge management systems, to increase productivity and efficiencies in ITSM. This, along with the use of shift-left strategies (such as using self-help technologies to automate processes) will be critical when it comes to delivering optimal customer and employee experiences. Not only does this speed up the delivery of support for the end-user and customer, but it also improves the quality of services delivered while reducing costs. Not to mention internal customers (employees) have higher levels of satisfaction with a comprehensive ITSM self-service experience.

Increased AI Adoption

AI applications in the consumer world are becoming more common and adoption continues to rise in the B2B space. IT and business leaders are talking more about AI technologies but have challenges when it comes to developing and implementing the right AI applications for ITSM tools. This is why we should look at specific AI technologies than supplement ITSM rather than AI as a whole.

For example, conversational AI, which powers messaging applications like chatbots, can automate intelligent conversations between your customers and virtual support agents. The development of AI technology will also lead to better knowledge insights in the form of recommendations and predictive analytics. The coming months will bring a wave of AI adoption with more emphasis on personalization and accessing unique bits of knowledge specific to each user.

Greater Focus on HR Support with Enterprise Service Management

Using ITSM as an Enterprise Service Management solution, HR support can be as easy as IT support. Tickets for time off requests, benefits questions, and other HR-related issues can be submitted through a self-help portal in the same manner as IT requests. This also supports the shift of focus onto the overall wellbeing of employees that we have seen in 2020. When it comes to people, it is important to provide them with the right work environment that will not only make them more productive but will take care of them in the long run – which can be made easier with an ESM solution.

Focus on the Enterprise

In some respects, there is much that remains to be seen for 2020 and beyond, but one prediction that will ring true regardless of what happens in the next year is the growth of the digital revolution. As employees remain working remotely, the need for an enterprise-wide solution will only grow.

Shibu Babuchandran
Regional Manager/ Service Delivery at ASPL Info Services
Aug 12 2021
1. Don’t Start with a List of the Available ITSM Tools Some people might tell you to start with the latest Forrester Wave or Gartner Magic Quadrant as a long list (rather than a short list). These will help, eventually, but in my opinion, they shouldn’t be your first port of call. Instead, start… (more)
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1. Don’t Start with a List of the Available ITSM Tools

Some people might tell you to start with the latest Forrester Wave or Gartner Magic Quadrant as a long list (rather than a short list). These will help, eventually, but in my opinion, they shouldn’t be your first port of call. Instead, start closer to home by understanding what you actually need to achieve.

Now, this might be going back to basics, assessing what you need for optimal IT service delivery and IT support, or it might merely be deciding upon the ITSM processes you need to support. So it could be relatively easy. Take your existing processes and consider how they could be improved upon through the use of more modern, fit-for-purpose ITSM technology.

If, however, your various IT operations activities are not aligned to or expressed in terms of, ITSM best practice, then you’ll most likely need to undertake some form of process maturity assessment. This could be an ITIL assessment or an alternative. If this is the case for your organization, you should probably opt to look at only a few processes in detail to start with, so as not to have unrealistic ambitions of increased ITSM maturity and tool utilization. But there’s no reason why you can’t create high-level requirements related to what you would like to do or to achieve, in terms of additional processes and tool utilization, in the future.

2. Aim for a Single Corporate ITSM Tool and Consistency of ITSM Processes

The selection and purchase of a new ITSM tool is a great opportunity to consolidate things—whether multiple service desk teams, multiple tools, or variant processes. If appropriate, first ensure that the ITSM tool project sets out to accomplish more than just buying another piece of technology and adding to the associated technology management overhead.

Second, ensure that the initiative gets executive or senior management approval not only for the new tool spend but also for the consistent utilization of processes throughout the organization. This might be, for example, not only the establishment of a single corporate IT service desk but also a single corporate change management process for all IT-related changes that straddles both run the business (IT ops) and change the business (app dev) activities.

3. Be Clear About Which ITSM Tool Requirements Are “Must Haves” and Those That Are Merely “Nice to Haves”

Any process design work you undertake will form the basis for a new toolset’s features and functions requirements. And it’s important you divide these requirements between those that are must-haves and those that are merely desirable.

Once agreed upon, these must-have requirements should not be compromised in favor of any other requirements, especially when based on the goal of getting more for your money. Sadly, this is the proverbial quantity over quality dilemma—the ITSM tool selection equivalent of asking the wrong questions and thus getting the wrong answer—i.e., a tool with lots of capabilities that you’ll probably never use (but of course you’ll still be paying for them).

Plus, tool vendors with products that don’t meet all of the must-have requirements might try to convince you that some of your must-haves or mandatory functionality is not really necessary. They might be right, but they might not. Stay focused on what you wish (and need) to achieve, and ensure that people and process needs continue to drive the technology requirements rather than the other way around.

4. Don’t Let Integrations with Other IT and Business Systems Be an Afterthought

When specifying ITSM tool requirements, an organization must consider their current and future needs for integration with other corporate systems. Plus, now that the use of cloud service providers and the service integration and management (SIAM) approach is more popular, there is also the need to integrate into third-party IT systems.

If multiple, non-suite ITSM tools are being considered as a solution, then this also includes the integration between different tools and processes, for example, integrating a third-party CMDB with the tool or tools for the incident, problem, and change management as a minimum.

Plus, don’t undersell the importance of the ability to easily integrate the tool with existing IT management tools—from the submission of monitoring (or event management) data to the ticketing system through to network discovery data auto-populating the CMDB (if these activities are not part of the new tool).

Finally, the integration requirements must also be created with the future in mind. So look at the tool’s API approach and the number of available pre-built integrations to common IT management and business applications.

5. Weigh Your Requirements Appropriately

All your ITSM tool requirements should be prioritized, using a suitable weighting system. For instance, you can make each requirement group a percentage element of 100 percent so that some requirements count more than others, or you can use multipliers so that some scores count double, triple, etc., which factors in the importance of each process and activity. Thankfully, since many, if not all, tool vendors have used ITIL as a blueprint for the creation of their ITSM product, most modern ITSM tools will deliver against the key elements of the most commonly asked for ITSM capabilities.

Some requirements will be straightforward, such as the nuts and bolts features needed to support the incident management process. The other will not be, especially elements related to the ITSM tool as a whole rather than individual processes. For instance, requirements around ease-of-use can be subjective and multidimensional—where a tool that’s very easy to use on a day-to-day basis might not be so easy to configure and customize. And don’t forget the scoring of attributes related to reporting; workflow, automation, and notifications; and security—where a prospective tool might meet all the ITSM-related requirements but fail to meet mandatory, governance-related criteria.

6. Score ITSM Tool Vendors Beyond the Offered Tool Functionality

This includes obvious vendor capabilities such as how they are able to assist with more than just the core ITSM technology need, such as assisting with the people- and process-based changes associated with the introduction of the new tool. So do they have proven methodologies and accelerators to deliver the new technology, plus the required organizational change, successfully and at a rapid pace?

However, your organization might want so much more than a new version of the status quo. You might want to improve ITSM capabilities and maturity, both within already-adopted ITSM processes and with the introduction of new ones. So how will the tool vendor help to up your organization’s ITSM game? Will they be able to assist in the delivery of new best practice processes, tweaked to suit your organization’s peculiarities?

Plus of course, we have other requirements to score in addition to process support, such as integrations and interoperability, technical requirements (e.g., performance, security, and resilience), supplier background, implementation parameters (including training), and support and maintenance arrangements. But another important requirement is easy to miss, which leads me to my next tip.

7. Assess ITSM Tool Vendors from a Relationship Perspective

This might seem like a strange thing to state, so stop for a moment to think back to the issues you’ve had with previous tool vendors and their products. The issues might be varied, but I’d be willing to bet that many of them stem from the lack of a relationship, or a very limited relationship, often merely financial, between seller and buyer.

It’s a common complaint from ITSM tool customers, with relationships now second only to support in customer frustrations with tool vendors according to Service Desk Institute (SDI) research. ITSM needs, and the technology that supports them, are complicated and require more than a single business transaction where the customer’s money is exchanged for the vendor’s ITSM tool (or a payment schedule set up for the contract duration for SaaS). And it also requires more than a one-time project to get the technology up and running.

So use both formal and informal channels to understand how the tool vendors are being considered to build and maintain relationships with their customers. To want such a relationship is not an excessive demand of a vendor, especially in the days of SaaS-delivered ITSM when it’s so much easier to walk away and start again. In fact, smart tool vendors will be wanting a relationship with you.

8. Let the Real Users of the ITSM Tool Play a Key Role in Tool Selection

So a prospective ITSM tool looks great on paper (or on your screen), scoring highly across the board. You thus require a proof-of-concept to see the tool working in the wild and not just in the hands of the seasoned vendor demo person.

Such a proof-of-concept, if well used, can make or break (sometimes literally) a tool for your organization. And at this point, it’s important to allow the real users to get their hands dirty. Importantly, these days, this is not just IT staff, as some functionality, such as self-service and self-help, will require appropriate end-user use and feedback.

IT staff, in particular, will need to be provided with very focused evaluation criteria to almost scientifically rate each tool rather than just being allowed to be subjective, for instance stating, “There was something about it I didn’t like.” These criteria should include intuitiveness and user-friendliness, the speed of time-critical activities such as incident logging, and the breadth and depth of reporting capabilities, among others.

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