Stuart Rance writes many blogs and white papers that are published on a variety of sites, you can find a regularly updated list of all of these in Stuart Rance blogs

Blogs that appear below are published on the Optimal Service Management web site.

2017 03 16 What configuration data do you need IMAGE

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February

3 ways to approach configuration management

There are three very different approaches you can take to configuration management.  Each of them has benefits and disadvantages, and you need to blend aspects of all three to get the best value in your context.

2019 01 10 Cyber security is not just for work IMAGE

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January

Cyber security is not just for work

I write lots of blogs, and deliver training courses on cybersecurity. I nearly always focus on the security of business systems and networks, but it is equally important to think about cyber security in our personal lives.

2018 11 11 Whats wrong with ITIL V3 IMAGE

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November

What's wrong with ITIL V3?

What’s wrong with ITIL V3, and why do we need ITIL 4?

2018 09 27 IT security and the service desk PREVENT

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September

Information security and the service desk

I will be delivering a webinar on information security and the service desk on Wednesday 10th October. Here's a preview to whet your appetite...

2018 08 08 How to manage major incidents and security breaches IMAGE

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August

How to manage major incidents and security breaches

Major incidents and security breaches are different. Learning from experience can turn out to be hugely expensive, or even result in the organization concerned going out of business. So how can you make sure that you handle these incidents correctly first time?

2018 07 21 How to get the best value from an ITSM consultant IMAGE

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July

How to get the best value from an ITSM consultant

I deliver much better value to some of the organizations that I work with than to others, and I’ve been thinking about why. Here are four tips that will help you to get the best possible value next time you engage a consultant.

2018 06 08 Which ITSM framework is right for your business IMAGE

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June

Which framework is right for your business?

At the Service Desk and IT support show, there was a panel discussion titled "Which framework is right for your business". I was pleasantly surprised by the sensible conclusions reached...

2018 05 14 Putting the Ops in DevOps IMAGE

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May

Putting the Ops in DevOps

I often hear people who work in IT operations complain that DevOps is just about development. If we want DevOps to work for everyone then we shouldn’t wait to be invited to join in and complain when we aren’t. We should actively adopt ideas from DevOps into how we run IT operations and seek out our development colleagues to foster collaboration.

SDI metrics and measurement

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March

How well does your service desk communicate?

I delivered a presentation on Metrics and measurement at the Service Desk Institute conference in the UK. To my surprise, the most lively discussion topics were more about how well the service desk communicates with end users, than about metrics.

2018 01 02 Incident Management Isnt Just For IT Image

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January

Incident Management Isn’t Just For IT

If you define an incident as "... interruption to an IT service..." then you're not really focussing on customers. One of my clients has a much more business-focussed definition, and this drives completely different behaviours...

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Recent Posts

  • 2017 03 16 What configuration data do you need IMAGE
    3 ways to approach configuration management

    There are three very different approaches you can take to configuration management.  Each of them has benefits and disadvantages, and you need to blend aspects of all three to get the best value in your context.

  • 2019 01 10 Cyber security is not just for work IMAGE
    Cyber security is not just for work

    I write lots of blogs, and deliver training courses on cybersecurity. I nearly always focus on the security of business systems and networks, but it is equally important to think about cyber security in our personal lives.

  • 2018 11 11 Whats wrong with ITIL V3 IMAGE
    What's wrong with ITIL V3?

    What’s wrong with ITIL V3, and why do we need ITIL 4?

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