This book is about how to run services, in any organisation, in any industry. It describes the basics, the core stuff, in realistic pragmatic terms. And it is pragmatically brief - we kept it to 50 paperback pages.
Google today announced new subscription pricing for their popular Gmail service, in the face of falling advertising revenues and a massive capital shortfall resulting from their investments in robotics, drones, and driverless cars.
I'm fed up to here with folk shooting the message. ITIL works. It's good (not necessarily great but it is good. It will do, it's fit for purpose.) Most of the backlash against ITIL is because of the idiots running around with some strange ideas about ITIL.
We have the world of information at our finger-tips. Our operational tools get better every day. Yet things still go wrong on a regular basis. Then we take the opportunity to prove that there is no problem so bad that you can't make it worse. Why do we screw up? And why do we then screw up trying to fix it? My favourite magic-pixie-dust quick-win cure-whatever-ails-you fix (no seriously this time) is checklists.
England's Law: all social media channels degenerate into babble.#PINK14 twitter stream is following the rule. BoothMagnet is brilliant satire of the vendor marketing social media mavens. Sadly it is achieving that satire by trashing the twitter stream even more than the vendors are (marginally).
itSMF International is broken. At a chapter level itSMF is just fine in a number of countries. What we need is an international federation mechanism driven by a healthy organisation. Ooh wait, ISACA has one of those. And ISACA's problem is a failure to cater for general IT practitioners at a conference and local level. Sounds like a marriage made in heaven to me: could ISACA save itSMF?