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A Practical Guide to Service Management

By : Keith D. Sutherland, Lawrence J. "Butch" Sheets
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A Practical Guide to Service Management

By: Keith D. Sutherland, Lawrence J. "Butch" Sheets

Overview of this book

Many organizations struggle to find practical guidance that can help them to not only understand but also apply service management best practices. Packed with expert guidance and comprehensive coverage of the essential frameworks, methods, and techniques, this book will enable you to elevate your organization’s service management capability. You’ll start by exploring the fundamentals of service management and the role of a service provider. As you progress, you’ll get to grips with the different service management frameworks used by IT and enterprises. You'll use system thinking and design thinking approaches to learn to design, implement, and optimize services catering to diverse customer needs. This book will familiarize you with the essential process capabilities required for an efficient service management practice, followed by the elements key to its practical implementation, customized to the organization’s business needs in a sustainable and repeatable manner. You’ll also discover the critical success factors that will enhance your organization’s ability to successfully implement and sustain a service management practice. By the end of this handy guide, you’ll have a solid grasp of service management concepts, making this a valuable resource for on-the-job reference.
Table of Contents (28 chapters)
Part 1: The Importance of Service Management
Part 2: Essential Process Capabilities for Effective Service Management
Part 3: How to Apply a Pragmatic, Customized Service Management Capability
Appendix B: SLR Template

Purpose and objectives

Service catalog management is the process responsible for maintaining a single source of information concerning all operational services and those services that are being prepared for operations. It is the single safe source of all information related to services being offered to customers, provides access to potential customers about the operational services, and identifies how to initiate requests for those services.

Service catalog management is responsible for ensuring that appropriate stakeholders have access to information on all operational services offered by a service provider. It also documents what the customer can expect from the service, which requests are available, and how to initiate the request(s).

A service is something a customer or stakeholder needs in order to facilitate the production of one or more outcomes. The service catalog is the resource customers use to identify which services are provided by the service provider and how the...