SunView Software Blog

Are the Russians Affecting Your End User Experience?

06/26/2017 by: Eric Dickmann

  This entry is written as part of "The End User Advocate" blog series, an informal examination of IT processes and the people who interact with them. The headlines about cyber-attacks against the United States still dominate the news, even months after the election. While politics certainly help drive partisan narratives, there’s widespread agreement that the Russians tried to hack into numerous ... Read More

| End User Experience / The End User Advocate

Why is ITIL Critical in Today’s IT Environment?

06/22/2017 by: Frank App

There’s a great deal of information available on the Internet regarding ITIL and why it continues to be the industry standard for governing ITSM (Information Technology Service Management) in the enterprise. Read More

| ITIL / ITSM

3 Ways Higher Ed Institutions Can Benefit From ITSM

06/19/2017 by: Stephen Mann

Along with most internal IT departments, in either the private or public sectors, higher education institutions continue to need to provide IT support to their end users – students, faculty members, and other employees – in line with what now seems like an age-old mantra of “doing more with less.” Read More

| IT Service Management / Education

Who are the Best DevOps Bloggers? [Guide]

06/15/2017 by: Stephen Mann

There are good DevOps bloggers and bad DevOps bloggers, and it would be rude to mention a certain Clint Eastwood movie. The good blogs tend to be the ones written by people who have “been there, done that, got the t-shirt.” These bloggers write in detail, with war stories, and with insights that one can only acquire by doing the “hard yards.” Read More

| DevOps / Thought Leaders

10 Tips For Selecting an ITSM Software Solution

06/13/2017 by: Jaime Spector

So you’ve been tasked with selecting a new IT Service Management (ITSM) tool solution? Whether you’re upgrading from a simple ticketing system to a full-scale ITIL® suite or just aren’t happy with your current implementation, procuring the best-fitting solution can be a gargantuan task. Many Request For Proposals (RFPs) fail to ask the right questions, thus leading to disastrous ITSM ... Read More

| IT Service Management / Service Desk

Exploring Immutable Code & the ITIL Configuration Management Database

06/06/2017 by: Stephen Mann

  Over the last two decades, configuration management tools, i.e. those that effect and/or record a change, have multiplied in number however the associated thinking doesn’t seem to have changed much. But are we on the cusp, finally, of a big change?If cloud is changing what we manage and DevOps is changing how we manage it, in the middle of it all we are not only seeing new, different tools but ... Read More

| ITIL / CMDB / Configuration Management

10 Service Desk Metrics, Shift-Left, and AI Nuggets from HDI 2017

05/17/2017 by: Stephen Mann

The annual HDI Conference is done and dusted for another year, although I’m unsure what the Washington equivalent of Las Vegas’ “Elvis has left the building” is. As per usual, there was a lot of great service desk and IT service management (ITSM) learning (let’s call it “nuggets”) to be had – either in-person or remotely via the Twittersphere. Read More

| IT Service Management / Help Desk

Microservices, DevOps, and ITSM for an Antifragile Business

05/03/2017 by: Stephen Mann

  Microservices are a software architecture that creates antifragile systems by breaking monolithic applications into smaller microservice components and making these small components easy to deploy and robust against failure. Microservice components are also designed to expect, and gracefully handle, the failure of other microservices they depend upon, offering customers a partially-working ... Read More

| DevOps / Change Management

The Stuff from Pink That Made Us Think

04/27/2017 by: The SunView Team

  With the 2017 HDI conference just around the corner, we wanted to document and share some of the key takeaways we brought away after the 2017 Pink Elephant conference last February. As with many of the 2016 and 2017 IT service management (ITSM) conferences, there was so much more being talked about than your traditional ITSM, ITIL, and service desk fare. With Lean, Agile, and DevOps spanning ... Read More

| DevOps / Change Management

The Continued Importance of ITIL Change Management in Light of DevOps

04/19/2017 by: Stephen Mann

 If you work in the IT Service Management industry, and even if you don't, the late-February Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 "event" won't have escaped your attention. Where a human error - a typo while members of the S3 team were debugging a billing system - caused other Amazon Web Services to stop functioning plus the services of customer that rely on them. For many, hopefully it was a timely ... Read More

| DevOps / Change Management