Business and IT strategy change needed for transformation success

IT service management (ITSM) and executive leadership in organisations need greater strategic alignment to make digital transformation a success, according to a global study by AXELOS.

The report has revealed the list of challenges facing the ITSM function and the wider organisations it supports.

The report’s findings reflect a need for ITSM practitioners to revisit their adoption and adaption of ITIL principles and processes to support successful digital transformation.

Despite 70% of ITSM professionals understanding their organisation’s strategy, fewer than half (41%) see a clear alignment between their current goals and the overall direction of the business. This disconnect presents a serious risk, as more than 60% claim ITSM is instrumental to achieving business objectives in the next five years.

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Margo Leach, chief product officer of AXELOS said: “Digital transformation introduces new types and levels of risk into organisations and ITSM is essential to managing that risk.”

“Using evidence to support improvement and innovation will help ITSM teams demonstrate their understanding of an organisation’s goals as it undergoes digital change to deliver value for end customers.”

“This requires more than reporting just process-based statistics, such as service desk traffic, without providing any business insight into the significance of the data. Our benchmarking study suggests that, currently, ITSM teams are too focused on operational processes and are not doing enough to use evaluation tools, metrics and measurement as part of their working practices in delivering value to the wider business.”

Encouraging, but…

“While it’s encouraging that our research shows 40% of ITSM functions in organisations achieving the right level of ITIL maturity – with monitoring and evaluation used to improve established processes and innovate – 60% of ITSM functions within organisations have no monitoring or evaluation in place.”

“Striving to demonstrate value to the business in a language executive leadership teams can understand will encourage greater collaboration between ITSM and the wider organisation.”

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“Gone are the days when ITSM was about infrastructure and service desks alone; now, it is capable of a holistic approach that combines delivering value with necessary controls such as risk and finance management,” Leach concluded.

When asked in the benchmarking study to prioritise their most pressing challenges, ITSM professionals highlighted:

• Inefficient processes, services, actions or metrics.

• Lack of visibility on projects and workloads.

• Design decisions based on assumptions.

• Siloed working.

• Lack of focus on/understanding of customer needs.

• Lack of collaboration between or inside teams.

Larger organisations tend to recognise lack of visibility as a problem, while smaller organisations struggle more with inefficient processes and understanding customer needs.

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Nick Ismail

Nick Ismail is a former editor for Information Age (from 2018 to 2022) before moving on to become Global Head of Brand Journalism at HCLTech. He has a particular interest in smart technologies, AI and...

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