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Difference between Assets and Configuration Items – Post 2 of 2

In the first post in this series, I gave the basic differences between assets and configuration items. In this concluding piece, I will provide the differences that exist when there is a need to govern changes to it. Configuration items… Continue Reading

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Difference between Assets and Configuration Items – Post 1 of 2

I often find myself talking to customers, peers, and suppliers who use the terms assets and configuration items interchangeably. They say that ignorance is bliss, but when it comes to management terminologies, it is better to understand the differences between… Continue Reading

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Incident Management Lifecycle – Incident vs Request

In the second set in the incident management lifecycle series, we look at the very basic distinction that distinguishes incident from a service request. Often, most organizations confuse (some on purpose) incidents with service requests, and both are handled with… Continue Reading

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Incident Management Lifecycle – Triggers

Most ITSM consultants prefer to start off the blocks with the design and implementation of the incident management process. Also, by hanging onto the low hanging fruits in the form of incident management process development and implementation, you can certainly… Continue Reading

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Role of Design in ITIL Process Development and Implementation

Process development and implementation is a skill that is best learnt through experience and maturity. Organizations implementing ITIL processes normally develop workflows, define activities, identify roles and embed all of it in a process document. This is good, but there… Continue Reading

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Asset Database (ADB) and Configuration Management Database (CMDB) – Should they be Merged?

I got a proposition from one of my customers. They wanted to have a single database containing asset and configuration details. In other words, they wanted to merge the asset database (ADB) and the configuration management database (CMDB). It is… Continue Reading