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Expectation Management

It was inevitable, wasn’t it?

I tried so hard, for so long to avoid using the word “transformation.” Yet, I knew it was merely a matter of time…

Until what, you ask?! The word transformation started creeping into our vocabulary (again). This time it was in the context of “Next Generation IT.”

I wish we could say “OK, let’s transform into the organization that we’re intending to become,” we press a button and then watch it happen for us.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t work. What does work?

C’mon over here and let’s chat about that for a bit, OK?

Because we can’t really talk about that, until we get straight about what transformation is (and isn’t)!

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If you’ve read or paid attention to anything that I’ve written over time, you’ll know that I hate clichés.

OK, I’m lying through my teeth! I love them, but not for the reason which might seem apparent. You see, I think there’s a lot of truth and a lot of mischief in clichés. In each one, there is a nugget of truth which is often obscured or masked by a thick layer of common sense. Not the common sense that is like “you shouldn’t let your kids play in traffic.” No, I mean the common sense that is more like sleight of hand — if you say it quickly enough, (most) people will accept the statement at face value, nod their head approvingly and then move on as if what was said is (actually) true — even if it’s not or a gross oversimplification of reality.

I enjoy them, because I enjoy identifying them, stomping them into the ground and having people come to recognize them for what they truly are. In the expression “you only get what you pay for,” we have another viable candidate to do damage to.

Why am I railing against this one now? Why is this relevant to ITSM? I’m glad that you asked!

ManageEngine recently announced that its Standard Edition product would be made freely available to all current and future customers.

What does this mean? Why is it important? Is the cliché really true?!

Let’s have a look, shall we?

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The past few weeks have been pretty good. I spent part of it at the annual ServiceNow user conference — Knowledge13 in Las Vegas. It was a great conference and I’m so thankful to my esteemed colleague Michael Dortch for the opportunity to attend as a speaker and participate in his panel discussion on “ITSM in 2015 — and beyond!“. I had such a great time and have lots of stories to share, look for that in another blog!

Having had the opportunity to talk about my perspectives on the ITIL Joint Venture here and here and knowing that I was going to be at the conference, Linda King of G2G3 asked me if I was interested in having a conversation with a representative of the JV while at the conference.

JV Announcement

Small extract of the webpage with the Capita JV announcement

Within seconds of receiving this invite via Twitter direct message, I launched back with an enthusiastic: “YES!!!” Maybe I should have been a little more restrained with my response, but do remember that I am an American! 🙂

Given this, she set up a time to have a conversation with Chris Barrett (of Capita) who is one of the newly appointed directors for the Cabinet Office / Capita Joint Venture. I purposely arrived early on Tuesday so that I could ensure that I’d be on time for our meeting. I’m thinking that you’d like to know a bit about what happened?! OK, let’s do a run down, shall we?

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Based upon a recent exchange with Stuart RanceJason Druebert asked me:

Twitter Conversation with Stuart Rance and Jason Druebert

Twitter Conversation with Stuart Rance and Jason Druebert

I think that this was a great and timely question to ask. As one might expect, I do have my own preliminary thoughts on the Joint Venture (JV) with Capita. Rather than composing a response and cluttering up the timeline, I thought it would be best to use this as an opportunity to post a short blog! 🙂

Let’s have a look at my thoughts, shall we?
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