Cost Reduction Programs Undermined by Lack of Service Catalogs Warns Axios Systems
Axios Systems, the world's leading provider of IT Service Management (ITSM) solutions, today warned organizations that a failure to implement a Service Catalog could significantly impact their service management systems, processes and strategies. Axios Systems believes that a Service Catalog is the catalyst for accelerating ITIL® maturity and Continual Service Improvement, and that without a Service Catalog, organizations will struggle to demonstrate what services IT performs and how much they cost.
In a recent global study by Axios Systems, 63% of respondents claimed that cost reduction was the principal driver for IT projects over the next 12 months. A Service Catalog can play a crucial role in cost reduction initiatives by driving greater efficiency within the enterprise, optimizing assets and resources, and automating previously manual and time consuming tasks.
In using a Service Catalog, organizations can benefit in the following ways:
Rapid deployment of new services
Enhanced customer adoption through a more intuitive experience
Faster provisioning of services from request to fulfillment
Reduced risk through stricter governance and approval process – ensuring compliance to corporate policies
Reduced costs by standardizing service offerings and streamlining the fulfillment processes
Improved quality of service from cost transparency to complete visibility into status of requests
It is important that a Service Catalog works with a system that can manage and monitor all these services to the highest possible level. This is where the need for an integrated CMDB is an important part of the strategy - they must work in tandem to deliver Best Practice ITSM.
In the November 2008 Forrester Research Report, Service Portfolio Management Links IT Capabilities To Business Value, Craig Symons states "A well-implemented Service Catalog solution both fully integrates a customer-focused Service Catalog and makes it actionable and operational — for determining the right portfolio of service offerings, negotiating service-level options with the business, tracking IT budgets and consumption, and managing the fulfillment of requests for services. The Service Catalog provides transparency because it gives business executives a view into IT that describes the portfolio of services that IT provides in business-relevant terms that facilitate decision-making."
Tasos Symeonides, CEO, Axios Systems, said, "Organizations are in the midst of major cost reduction programs and a Service Catalog can play a major part in that process. While the first step may be a Service Catalog for IT services, the ability to extend enterprise-wide provides the opportunity to establish one service management system to rule them all. We believe that without a Service Catalog, truly effective, long term cost reductions will be hard to create and maintain, as well as impact the success of ITSM and ITIL® adoption within the organization."
Symeonides continues, "All services must be clearly defined by the IT department and the business from cradle to grave, to ensure the Service Catalog is as comprehensive from the outset as possible. A tool, such as the assyst Service Designer within the assyst Service Catalog, enables organizations to intuitively design services using a pre-defined template library, which can be used for all business departments including IT, HR and Facilities Management."
Axios Systems and Sharon Taylor, ITIL® V3 Chief Architect, hosted a live webcast on 5th November. A recording of the webcast is now available on the Axios Systems website.
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About Axios Systems
Axios Systems is the world's leading provider of IT Service Management (ITSM) solutions. Its customer-centric approach, combined with its award-winning software, enables customers to improve their Service Delivery and Support and deliver Continual Service Improvement (CSI) by helping to align and realign IT services to changing business needs, supporting business processes and improving productivity.
Benefiting from more than 20 years of development and investment around Best Practice principles, Axios Systems' core solution, assyst, built around our market-leading Configuration Management Database (CMDB), intuitively steers users through the ITIL® (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) processes which help organizations transition toward the next generation of ITSM and Service Desks. assyst offers a unique lifecycle approach to ITSM with the integration of all ITIL® processes (including Incident, Capacity, Problem, Change, Asset, Configuration and Service Level Management), twelve of which have been verified by Pink Elephant's PinkVERIFY service as compatible with industry best practices (based on ITIL® V3), in a fully integrated, out-of-the-box application. It empowers management with a dashboard-based transparent view of real-time performance against Service Level Agreements (SLA), and Operations Level Agreements (OLA).
Implementing assyst into an organization optimizes IT Infrastructure efficiency, reduces overheads and lowers the total cost of IT ownership (TCO), helping to ensure a significant return on investment (ROI) with rapid time-to-value. Axios also offers a comprehensive set of consulting and training services to support ITSM best practices in an organization.
Axios is headquartered in the UK, with offices across Europe, the Americas, Middle East and Asia Pacific. Axios' global presence is further strengthened with a worldwide network of partners. For more information, visit: www.axiossystems.com.
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