Service integration and knowledge management

blame-game

It became pretty clear in 2013 that the service integration wave was building up. It was discussed at the conferences and it’s been covered in blogs. As more IT managers fold the point-solutions of today in with traditional vendors and legacy systems, it’s more balls in the air while you maintain happy user and customer relationships, design cohesive SLAs, and ensure you don’t underestimate your total cost of ownership, amongst a myriad of other things.

And what of the contribution of knowledge management? Your records of the who and how of escalation become more important when there’s more than one place to go—and that might be dependent on the system or the time of day or any other factor. Your goal with your users, of course, is to hide the stitches, and they don’t care who the various service providers are. They only care that the services are working as they should and that you’re in their corner when something breaks. So, keep that in mind when you’re building your service catalogue and writing your self-service articles.

There’s more than one way to skin a cat and work with multiple vendors. 3Gamma’s CEO, Peter Wahlgren, and I cover what those approaches are in this white paper: Are you stuck in the blame game? Service integration in a multi-sourcing environment.

Read it today.

  • Jayson K

    Hi Aprill, Fantastic paper indeed! I love it when white papers have at least one foot planted in the real world. Excellent coverage of different models of SIAM. Also, since I heard James Finister’s keynote at LeadIT’14, the concept of “accountable” service integrator has been haunting me. I couldn’t fathom how that model worked in reality, till I read this paper which demystifies it – that “most of the other contracts will need to be re-written” (which James did not specifically mention, I believe)!
    Thanks for that!

    • Hey! Thanks for the comment, Jayson. Glad you liked this paper.

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