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Best Practices for an Effective IT Service Design Process (A Provider's Perspective)

Posted by Don Casson

Providing consistent end-to-end services enables beautiful customer experiences

I talk about Amazon a lot because they empower their customers with a consistent end to end customer experience every single time, thanks in large part to a simplified design approach. There are other real-world examples where simple design and consistency wins in business, too.

Remember Myspace? Everyone was on it. But then came Facebook and took over the social media world. Why? Unlike Myspace, Facebook opted for a clean, consistent-looking interface. The simplicity in their design was relatable to a much broader audience. On the other hand, Myspace became cluttered with pages and widgets that many felt were annoying. Myspace allowed users to design their own pages any way they wanted. There was no consistency and pages became complicated. There was no cohesive look and feel that lent itself to a predictable user experience.

Facebook’s simpler, streamlined interface provided less choices in terms of widgets and page designs, but it delivered consistent experiences for users. Ultimately, this helped end Myspace’s dominance in the early 2000’s. And now everyone and their grandmothers use Facebook :-)

With ServiceNow's Service Portal, you can create new requests and supporting workflows easily and quickly. It is a powerful capability. But that can also create a problem: you can quickly build hundreds of requests and services – all with a unique look and feel. In other words, you can wind up creating a cluttered mess if you’re not careful. Your customers won’t like that, and they won’t use it.

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Topics: Service Now, ServiceNow, Service Catalog Consultant, IT Service Catalog, ITSM, IT Service Management, ITSM Strategy, Employee Self-Service Portal, Service Taxonomy, Customer-Centric IT, ServiceNow Solutions, ServiceNow Partner, Service Design Processes, ITSM Consultants, Customer-Centric ITSM, IT Service Owner, Service Portal, Service Catalog Planning, ServiceNow Admin, ServiceNow Support, ServiceNow Service Portal, ITSM Platforms, IT Service Design



ITSM Platforms: Here's What You Need To Look For To Deliver Beautiful Customer Experiences

Posted by Don Casson

Providing an Amazon-like customer experience requires knowing the three constituents of a service

The following statement may be difficult to swallow for us folks in the IT service management community: "Traditional ITSM is just plain wrong. Why? Because it puts the customer last."

In the last decade, companies like Amazon (and Apple and Google) have transformed the whole customer experience. Seeing this evolution, four years ago I asked myself, “Why can’t our ITSM customers have the same thing: beautiful self-service experiences?” Following Amazon’s example, I discovered that they can. And, I challenged my thinking on ITSM, ultimately learning that an approach that is “customer in, rather than IT out” works best. This is Customer-Centric ITSM. 

Here's what happens when you put customers first. Instead of just handling incidents, you focus on preventing them from happening in the first place. You combine self service with automation to make customers happier AND reduce the work of IT. You see services as end-to-end team value chains, rather than disconnected silos. And, knowledge becomes a powerful, beautiful self-enablement experience in and of itself.

So, can anyone deliver beautiful, self-service experiences like Amazon? Yes. But you must build it.

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Topics: Service Now, ServiceNow, Service Catalog Consultant, ITIL Consulting, IT Service Catalog, ITSM, IT Service Management, IT Service Catalog Workshops, ITSM Strategy, Employee Self-Service Portal, ITIL Strategy, Customer-Centric IT, ServiceNow Solutions, ServiceNow Partner, ITSM Consultants, Customer-Centric ITSM, IT Service Owner, Service Portal, Service Catalog Planning, ServiceNow Admin, ServiceNow Support, ServiceNow Virtual Support, ServiceNow Remote Admin, Evergreen Evolve, ServiceNow Service Portal, ITSM Platforms



Your Team Will Work Smarter if They Adopt This ITSM Approach

Posted by Don Casson

A customer-centric mentality and an understanding of market trends can help modernize your service delivery processes

As customers become more sophisticated technology users, they have come to appreciate businesses who put them first. CEOs are noticing this trend and are asking their IT organizations to provide customers (external, and internal - employees) with an “Amazon-like” end-to-end IT service experience. Wishful thinking, perhaps. Or is it? When it comes to IT Service Management (ITSM), a customer-centric approach can transform service delivery and provide customers with great experiences.

Unfortunately, the traditional ways of ITSM are still running rampant. And there are several reasons why this is the case. But, first let’s make clear why you are in business in the first place: the customer. The customer is really two personas -– the end customer, and the executive customer.  We know the end customer wants a great experience, end-to-end.  The executive customer wants that but also wants to know cost, value and what services are being used.

If the customer is the reason why businesses live and breathe, why do some IT organizations insist on maintaining the old ways of ITSM? There are several reasons which I’ll highlight later in this blog post.

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Topics: Consumerization of IT, ITSM, IT Service Management, IT Innovation, IT, ITSM Strategy, Customer-Centric IT, Service Delivery, DevOps Revolution, Shared Services, Value of IT, ITSM Value, ITSM Consultants, Customer-Centric ITSM, IT Service Owner



The Evergreen Blog - is BACK!

Posted by Stephanie Nicoll

It's been a busy summer here at Evergreen... cross country trips presenting both of our complimentary workshops: Service Catalog; and CMDB, Configuration and Asset Management... and of course our webinar series with live webinars twice a month

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Topics: Service Catalog, ITIL, ServiceNow, Service Request Catalog, IT Consulting, IT Service Catalog, ITSM, IT, Request Portal, ITSM Strategy, Service Operation Processes, Service Catalog Webinar, Service Strategy Processes, Service Design Processes



How Do We Build an Amazon-Like Experience of IT for Our Employees?

Posted by Don Casson

Do you know who is the highest-rated customer service retailer in the world? Amazon. Do you know why? It’s because Amazon created and mastered the complete self-service customer experience. It’s also because no one needs to teach us how to use Amazon’s website, since we learn the process as we go through it. Having standardized processes across the entire enterprise produces a high-quality experience. Having strong governance and combining beautiful self-service with lights-out automation are foundational to Amazon’s success.

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Topics: IT Service Catalog, ITSM



Why 80 Percent of Service Catalog Projects Fail

Posted by Don Casson


It’s unfortunate, but projects sometimes fail. In fact, IT projects in general fail anywhere from 20 percent to 50 percent of the time. While many factors may contribute to a project’s failure, identifying the specific ones that caused a particular project to fail can sometimes be challenging. At other times, however, the things that caused a project to fail are glaringly obvious.

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Topics: IT Service Catalog, ITSM



IT Service Catalog Software Store – An Example of Balanced Service Design (Part 5 of 5)

Posted by Don Casson

Give the customer what they want to get what we need. That is Balanced Design. 

Does it work?   

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Topics: Service Catalog, ITIL, ServiceNow, Service Request Catalog, IT Consulting, IT Service Catalog, ITSM, IT, Request Portal, ITSM Strategy, Service Operation Processes, Service Catalog Webinar, Service Strategy Processes, Service Design Processes



IT Service Catalog Software Store – An Example of Balanced Service Design (Part 4 of 5)

Posted by Don Casson

This is part 4 in a series of 5 posts. Click here to read part 1. To access part 2, click here. For part 3, click here.

Creating effective IT Services always involves three constituencies  - the customer, the provider and the manager.

Most organizations are interested in building a beautiful, self-service software store as part of their IT Service Catalogs. It is also a great example of balanced design – giving the customers what they want to get what we need. 

Let’s look at the step “Install.”

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Topics: Service Catalog, ITIL, ServiceNow, Service Request Catalog, IT Consulting, IT Service Catalog, ITSM, IT, Request Portal, ITSM Strategy, Service Operation Processes, Service Catalog Webinar, Service Strategy Processes, Service Design Processes



IT Service Catalog Software Store – An Example of Balanced Service Design (Part 3 of 5)

Posted by Don Casson

This is part 3 in a series of 5 posts. Click here to read part 1. To access part 2, click here.

Creating effective IT Services always involves three constituencies  - the customer, the provider and the manager.

Most organizations are interested in building a beautiful, self-service software store as part of their IT Service Catalogs.  It is also a great example of balanced design – giving the customers what they want to get what we need. 

Let’s look at the step “Buy.”

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Topics: Service Catalog, ITIL, ServiceNow, Service Request Catalog, IT Consulting, IT Service Catalog, ITSM, IT, Request Portal, ITSM Strategy, Service Operation Processes, Service Catalog Webinar, Service Strategy Processes, Service Design Processes



IT Service Catalog Software Store – An Example of Balanced Service Design (Part 2 of 5)

Posted by Don Casson

This is part 2 in a series of 5. Click here to read part 1.

Most organizations are interested in building a beautiful, self-service software store as part of their IT Service Catalogs.  It is also a great example of balanced design – giving the customers what they want to get what we need. 

Let’s look at the step “Shop.”

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Topics: Service Catalog, ITIL, ServiceNow, Service Request Catalog, IT Consulting, IT Service Catalog, ITSM, IT, Request Portal, ITSM Strategy, Service Operation Processes, Service Catalog Webinar, Service Strategy Processes, Service Design Processes



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