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PART One:

Please answer the following questions:

1. The CANRIGHT document (uploaded) discusses various types of white papers on pages 10-11. As you examine the white paper on ITSM, what type of white paper would you argue that it is?

2. What is the problem that the white paper on ITSM (uploaded) is identifying? Please write one sentence in giving this answer.

3. What is the proposed solution? Please write one sentence in giving this answer.

4. Examine the graphics in this white paper. Do they enhance the message being delivered? Why or why not? You might choose one or two graphics as examples in supporting your answer.

Note: Initial Response and two (2) follow-up responses on either CANRIGHT or ITSM white paper or one each.


Part TWO:

Please share your topic and audience with your classmates. Please write one or two paragraphs in which you give as much detail as you can about the “previous approaches” to the situation and the “new findings” you will describe in the white paper.

You might review the sample student white paper, “Cloud Considerations,” as well as the second sample student white paper, “ITSM.” You also might review the Purdue OWL lecture on white papers that we saw in class earlier.

The video Purdue OWL: White Paper on YouTube which is 9:45 long Link: https://learn.umuc.edu/d2l/le/content/324626/viewC...


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IT SERVICE MANAGEMENT (ITSM) The benefits of ITSM versus the traditional IT Support model By Student 2/17/18 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY WHAT IS ITSM AND WHY DOES IT MAKE SENSE FOR IT? In a BMC Blog titled, “ITSM vs .ITIL: What’s the Difference?” Stuart Rance (2017) writes, “IT service management (ITSM) is what you do to manage the services you deliver to your customers.” Furthermore, ITSM is implementing, managing, and delivering IT services to meet the goals of an organization. Traditionally IT support focused on break/fix scenarios and didn’t look at the big picture. Businesses were often hit with large expenses to support a reactive environment. Introducing service management adds a continuous life cycle and framework from which IT operates. It is a more proactive approach. There are many benefits of using IT service management in today’s business as opposed to the traditional IT support model. For example, operational efficiency and cost savings are two areas that bring benefit to the organization. In previous approaches IT support has traditionally focused on and provided the following services to its customers or end-users: • • • • • break/fix hardware repair software install help desk account management (i.e. password reset, account activation) In recent years the focus has shifted to a more service-based approach. In the past, IT organizations were primarily concerned with how programs or codes are written or how a computer is assembled. For example, traditionally focusing on a computer’s speed, memory capacity, and the size of its hard drive to fix a problem could prove time consuming and costly. ITSM is a shift from that focus to the actual service the system provides and how well it provides that service. ITSM operates off of a framework of processes that provide service. There are two main types of frameworks and they are very similar. The first is ITIL, formally an acronym for Information Technology Infrastructure Library. The second is ISO 20000, which is the international standard for IT service management. Both frameworks model a continual service improvement and at the core are made up of several processes. To support the new findings, and since these two frameworks are very similar, the focus will be more on the processes themselves. The following are some of the processes that support the continual service improvement of ITSM: • • • • • incident and problem management change management service management release and deployment management availability management In Uzado’s Blog (2017), the author states, “ITSM attempts to eliminate IT support risks by advocating standardization and best practices.” By operating off the same processes, policies, and procedures, IT organizations can solve problems and provide solutions to its customers more effectively and efficiently. 2 INTRODUCTION WHAT IS ITSM AND WHY DOES IT MAKE SENSE FOR IT? Businesses are struggling to keep up with technology changes. It is imperative IT operations and efforts align with the business strategy, requirements, and goals. Old IT support models that focus on break/fix and hardware/software solutions are challenging, inefficient and costly. IT organizations are adopting ITSM and switching to a more service-based approach to support the business. Adopting a process framework to follow, like ITIL or ISO 20000, provides common structure and allows IT to align with the business and their goals. ITSM processes like incident management, change management, and service management are crucial to IT operating as a service and aligning itself with the strategic goals of the business. ITSM allows IT to operate more efficiently and can significantly improve cost. This white paper will discuss two different approaches to IT support. The first approach we will discuss is with Jacob, an IT Manager at a large Landscaping company, who follows the old IT support model, which proves to be challenging and costly. The second approach we will discuss is with Courtney, an IT Manager at a small software company, who uses ITSM as her framework for IT support. ITSM brings a new approach that organizationally makes sense both operationally and financially. PREVIOUS APPROACHES IT SUPPORT THE OLD WAY Have you heard the term help desk? The help desk is usually the first line of support in a traditional IT support model. According to Stephan Mann (2016), “The IT help desk was born in the late 80’s to fix IT issues, focused on the IT rather than the end user, usually with no targets for fixes, and immediate fixes were infrequent.” The following are examples and brief definitions of techniques of the old IT support model that Jacob and his team use: Break/Fix: In this scenario, one of Jacob’s IT support technicians, particularly help desk, uses troubleshooting to provide repair or resolution to a computer problem whether it be hardware or software related. This often takes place over the phone or via an email or chat exchange. Often the repair is tactical, reactive and not strategic. This scenario utilizes at least two resources. The two resources in this scenario are the end-user and Jacob’s help desk representative. Hardware repair: In this scenario, one of Jacob’s IT support technicians will replace hardware to fix a problem. For example, an application running on a laptop may consume more memory than what the laptop has to give. In this case, the technician will upgrade the memory to support the application requirements. This scenario typically utilizes at least three resources. Two of the resources are from 3 Jacob’s team, the help desk associate and the level 2 technician, while the third resources is the enduser. There is typically a cost associated with the hardware that needs to be upgraded. Software install: In this scenario, Jacob’s IT support technician will install software or upgrade software to fix a problem or resolve a software type of request from an end-user. For example, an enduser may have the Microsoft Office Suite on his or her computer. However, in order to do project plans, the user will need Microsoft Project installed. The end-user typically makes a request to Jacob’s help desk for the software. There may be a license purchase involved. Once the help desk or support technician determines he or she can complete the request, the software is installed on the workstation for the end-user. This scenario is similar to the hardware upgrade scenario and typically utilizes three resources (end-user, help desk associate, level 2 technician). Account Management: In this scenario, an end-user makes a request to Jacob’s help desk to reset his or her password or enable an expired password. This is very time consuming for the representative at the help desk as he or she could get several of these requests a day due to the large size of the Landscaping organization that they support. It is important to note that all of the above scenarios are still used in ITSM; however, the techniques are more strategic, proactive, and part of a process management framework that provides a service that is directly tied to the business strategy. Some of the old ways of doing IT support can be costly, time consuming, and resource heavy. For example, each person from Jacob’s IT support team was likely to have his or her own way of resolving an issue. Issues may have been perceived as being resolved at surface level without deeper problems having been addressed such as the process and/or long term solution. However, Courtney and her IT team use ITSM as an attempt to eliminate those risks by advocating standardization and best practices. It is important that while businesses become more agile and technology continues to advance, so does the IT department. ITSM offers strict guidelines to follow to become more agile, proactive and cost-effective. Aligning IT with the business goals makes sense, and IT managers like Jacob should re-evaluate his or her approach to supporting the business. 4 NEW FINDINGS ITSM FOR THE WIN! Courtney and her IT team use ITSM because it is a process-based practice designed to align the delivery of IT services with the needs of the business. Figure 1 shows the ITIL framework Courtney’s team uses and the processes that make up its continual process improvement. While all of the process areas won’t be covered, it is important to point out a few as part of the new findings section to support ITSM as the more valuable approach for IT support. Incident and problem management provide a more strategic approach when it comes to managing incidents and problems at Courtney’s service desk. In ITILv3, an incident is described as, “An unplanned interruption to an IT service or a reduction in the quality of an IT service.” Let’s take the scenario in our previous findings of Jacob’s technician fixing a computer by upgrading the hardware. In this example, Jacob’s IT support person is taking a reactive approach by waiting for the end-user to report a problem. The enduser must contact Jacob’s help desk to report the issue which takes time for that user as well as the help desk associate to log the ticket and possibly troubleshoot the problem prior to escalating it to a level 2 technician that will do the actual hardware upgrade. This is a disruption in the organization. It is a disruption to the end-user who is attempting to meet a goal for the business. At least two of Jacob’s resources are involved in Figure 1. this scenario and there is typically a cost associated with buying hardware to fix the computer. Many of IT managers may not realize that most of this can be avoided by using an ITSM framework. For example, one of the processes in the ITSM solution that Courtney’s team uses is service management. Included in this process area, are the service desk, the service catalog, and self-service. Aligning IT with the business and its goals is a strategic approach for Courtney and her team. She must understand the goals of the business to provide them the right services. In other words, let’s say the end-user is a developer. Courtney’s team uses a proactive approach by identifying what specs the developer requires on his or her laptop. Courtney’s service desk can offer the laptop in a service catalog through an online self-service portal. When the developer is hired, he or she is provided with a laptop that has the specs required to run the applications the developer needs. This scenario requires no 5 interaction from Courtney’s service desk. This is a good example of Courtney’s team operating more efficiently and saving money. By being proactive, fewer of her resources will be required, as no hardware upgrade will be needed. Courtney’s IT department can also order several developer laptops in preparation for new hires. The bulk, up-front purchase with the required hardware specs will save on cost. This is a more proactive, efficient and cost savings approach compared to Jacob’s scenario of not knowing his customer and purchasing hardware on an as needed basis. It should be clear how the old model disrupts the flow of both the end-user and the IT resources. By Courtney’s team utilizing a service management and incident management process, they save time and prevent future reoccurrence. This model can work up the entire stack (i.e., server, storage, network, etc.). Courtney’s IT team is able to manage change effectively through a change management process and it has a significant impact on the organization. Let’s discuss the example of software installs. Installing software on a workstation or server is a change in the baseline. It can have a positive or negative impact depending on how the software reacts on the workstation or server. In Jacob’s approach, software installs or software requests were completed and reacted to based on the end-user requests to his help desk and/or the needs of the business. As in the previous example of the hardware upgrade, this uses more resources than needed and can become more costly. Courtney’s ITSM approach includes a software catalog that is published online where her end-users can pick from and have downloaded on her or her computers automatically. The software catalog is usually taken from a white list of software that the firm has already vetted and approved for installation. Testing of the software to the baseline is a part of Courtney’s team’s process to alleviate any potential disruption of service. Courtney purchases her licenses in bulk and up front which saves money in the long run compared to Jacob, who is buying a license each time an end-user makes a software request. By using an ITSM approach and aligning IT with the business goals, Courtney’s IT organization will already have a good understanding of their customer or end-user base and therefore can have the software already purchased and installed. Additional software is made available to the user through the online service catalog. Courtney saves time and money as her service desk and tier 2 technical support are not even involved in this scenario. When change is managed correctly, it minimizes the amount of downtime and the issues that end-users experience, which means more productivity for the business and less disruptions in service. Release and deployment management works alongside of change management. According to UCISA ITIL (2010), “[the goal of Release and deployment management] aims to build, test and deliver services to the customers specified by service design.” It includes planning, designing, building and deploying new software and hardware components. Maintenance activities like Windows updates and patches are included in these processes. Courtney and her team believe the Release and deployment process is important to maintaining the integrity of their environment. By having a release and deployment process defined, Courtney’s entire IT organization follows the same process when releasing new software, hardware or doing maintenance in a stable environment. Steps in the process like testing, rollout plans and documentation help Courtney and her team prevent any disruptions to service. For example, in Jacob’s organization, when a new software release was installed on several workstations in the company Jacob’s team did not follow a release and deployment process. Therefore, proper testing and phased rollout plans were not used. This could result in the workstations having problems with the 6 new software. This example could produce several calls to Jacob’s help desk and in some cases tier 2 technicians may need to be deployed to fix the software related problems. Jacob’s help desk handles account management in a reactive approach waiting for customers and endusers to call the help desk and report his or her password had expired and he or she needs it reset. New findings show that Courtney’s team, by providing a self-service portal for end-users to do their own password resets, saves a substantial amount of money and resources. It can also cut down on 10% to 30% of calls to the service desk depending on the size of the business and/or customer base. It is important to note that all of the process areas and services can and should be measured with targets and service level agreements. Reporting is a huge part in the process of IT providing services to the business. IT organizations need to be able to measure themselves against the services they provide so they can continually improve. Providing the reports to the business help with transparency and supporting the alignment of IT and the business and build a trust relationship between the two. Overall ITSM is a framework of processes that provide value to the IT organization which in turn provides value to the business. In an ITSM survey, from CIO Water Cooler (2017), one of the respondents said, “[ITSM] helps us to manage risk to the business and minimize downtime to users and the business.” Processes like incident, change and service management minimize risk and disruptions in service. CONCLUSION ITSM IS THE WAY TO GO Traditional IT support and help desk like Jacob’s team example, can improve in areas of operational efficiency and cost savings by 2017 ITSM SURVEY utilizing ITSM. ITSM is able to offer Courtney’s team and all IT support teams, a stable and concrete framework to build off of, and a maturity level that can save time and money. In an article from 89% of the CIO’s Computer Weekly (2008), Ashford and Warwick tell us an Indian car who responded, see maker, Tata Motors, says they were able to reduce IT service ITSM as a value add support calls by implementing an ITSM solution. Probir Mitra, CIO to their business at Tata Motors, said, “Since implementing [ITSM], supplier calls have reduced by 80%, desktop calls are down 40%, and server support calls have dropped 8%.” Although there are many parts of information technology support, it is still viewed as strictly hardware and software based. ITSM has the ability to change this view and strengthen the trust between the business and its IT support. In a 2017 survey conducted by CIO Water Cooler, “89% of respondents see ITSM as a value add to their business – mostly in support of customer experience (35%) and service quality (48%).” ITSM helps make IT a key player in business operations by assessing capacities, capabilities and planning more effectively. One of the best things about ITSM is that it saves 7 the business time and money. Since ITSM is aimed at standardization and efficiency, it intends to minimize downtime and disruption, as well as, the time IT spends on resolving issues. Jeff Rumburg (2017), co-founder and managing partner of MetricNet, did a presentation at the annual Fusion conference last year in Orlando, Florida. The title of the presentation is, “The ROI of ITSM-Know Your Financial Impact!” During the presentation, Rumburg expressed the importance of ROI and how it is the ultimate measure of success for any business. He gave several examples of ITSM increasing ROI. The state of Illinois saved over $130 million annually. Telkomsel reduced operational IT costs by 5060% (Computerworld UK). JPMorgan Chase eliminated 500,000 service desk calls. Visa saw a reduction in the mean-time to resolve incidents by as much as 75% (Smart Enterprise Magazine). These are just some of the many examples how ITSM has improved operational efficiency and cost in businesses around the world. Is it time for your IT operations department to adopt ITSM? There is no better time than the present. 8 References: Ashford, Warwick. (1/29/2008). Tata cuts IT support calls with ITSM. Computer Weekly, p4-4. CIO WaterCooler (2017). IT Service Management Survey 2017. Retrieved from https://ciowatercooler.co.uk/reports/it-service-mangement-survey-2017 ITILv3. Definition of Incident. Retrieved from http://www.knowledgetransfer.net/dictionary/ITIL/en/Incident.htm Millier, David (February 22, 2017). Uzado’s Blog. 5 Benefits of IT Service Management. Retrieved from http://www.uzado.com/blog/5-benefits-of-it-service-management McCafferty, Dennis (5/5/2017). CIO Insight. How ITSM Can Fast-Forward the Tech Transformation. p1-1 Mann, Stephen (2016). ATLASSIAN IT Unplugged. Help desk vs. service desk vs. ITSM: What’s the difference? Retrieved from https://www.atlassian.com/it-unplugged/itsm/help-desk-vs-service-desk-vs-itsm Rance, Stuart (2017). BMC Blogs. ITSM vs. ITIL: What’s the Difference? Retrieved from http://www.bmc.com/blogs/itsm-or-itil-that-isnt-the-question/ Rumburg, Jeff. Fusion 2017. The ROI of ITSM – Know Your Financial Impact UCISA (2010). ITIL – A guide to release and deployment management. Retrieved from ucisa.ac.uk 9 Cloud Considerations What you need to know prior to making the leap Student University of Maryland University College 1 CLOUD CONSIDERATIONS – ...
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WHITEPAPER EVALUATION: CLOUD CONSIDERATIONS
Part Two
Cloud Considerations: Previous Approaches
This section of the whitepaper discusses the nature of previous conventional
means of IT operations. These methods typically involved hardware as a form of storing soft
copy information, like documents stored in storage devices like computers, flash disks and
floppy disks. Apart from describing these approaches, it lists their deficiencies. Their limitations
include incurred costs of time, power, cooling and overall costs of maintenance and operations.
This section cites the unsustainable nature of this approach and the shifts of these approaches,
regarding technological advancement that require a substitute method of IT operation. This
advancement is extensively mentioned in this section as cloud computing. They present cloud
computing as a revolutionary way of It operation that is slowly becoming a trend and a necessity
in the world of IT based on its numerous benefits.
New findings
The new findings section shows the shift from traditional IT methods to cloud
computing is by no means, simple. They present the change as an elaborate exercise requiring an
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