Schneider Electric Energizes Employee Services with Smarter Request Management

Organizations constantly change: they add and drop product lines, acquire other companies, divest business units, and expand into new markets or countries.

The true measure of any enterprise technology is not whether it can merely adapt to such changes, but also enable continual improvement,  both operationally and in employee experience.

Schneider Electric call deflection savingsWhen Schneider Electric launched an initiative to upgrade its employee services request portal, it put its request management software to the test. Here’s the company’s story.

Schneider Electric is a global organization with more than 170,000 employees in 134 countries, supplying a wide range of business and residential energy products and services.

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Seven Key Factors to Consider When Selecting New Enterprise IT – from eWeek

Buying new enterprise technology is an important decision, as good choices often stay in place for a long time (for example, IBM still has roughly 6,000 mainframe customers—including 355 of the Fortune 500). And bad choices can be extremely costly.

That’s why buying cycles often take close to a year, and involve half-a-dozen or more members on the selection team.

Key factors when selecting enterprise ITMany of the criteria are obvious: does the product meet functional requirements? Is it a good value? Does the vendor have a solid track record?

But there are equally important though less overt factors to take into consideration when selecting enterprise technology. A few months ago, a post here covered six questions to ask when choosing an IT vendor, from CIO magazine. Here are seven more decision criteria to use, according to eWeek—along with the answers you’d get from Kinetic Data. Continue reading “Seven Key Factors to Consider When Selecting New Enterprise IT – from eWeek”

The Future of IT Service Management – New Research from EMA

Two recent posts here have explored predictions for IT trends in the coming year and what IT may look like by 2020. While specifics vary, the common thread is that IT teams will be expected to accelerate their own workflow while delivering technology to transform business processes.

Future of IT support - EMA researchA new study from EMA Research on the future of ITSM, reported by Dennis Drogseth on APMdigest, reflects this theme as well while adding new insights. Here are half a dozen key findings from EMA’s survey, along with additional commentary and observations from this blog.

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The Enterprise Service Catalog: Expanding Beyond IT’s Origins

Every large organization—whether a university, business, non-profit, government agency, or other entity—develops processes over time to enable employees to obtain the products and services necessary to do their jobs. But too often, these processes vary based on the service needed, the department that provides it, or even the worker’s location. Employees are forced to navigate a maze of forms, online systems and request processes, leading to frustration and wasted time.

In an EDUCAUSE Review article, The Unified IT Service Catalog: Your One-Stop Shop, authors Tamara Adizes, Mark Katsouros, Reginald Lo, Simon Pride, and Karalee Woody, propose a unified service catalog as the solution:

Kinetic Data's internal ERM enterprise service catalog“A unified service catalog provides a single common framework and approach for delivering services across the institution — a one-stop-shopping approach that enables customers to efficiently submit their requests.”

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How IT Will Change by 2020 – Research From HDI

Given the rapid and dramatic changes occurring in business and technology, it’s challenging to predict events even one year out (though a post here last fall took a shot at predicting IT trends for 2015).

Yet the researchers at HDI have even more ambitiously taken a stab at prognosticating the state of enterprise technology and IT support five years ahead in Foresight Is 2020: Industry Predictions from the HDI Strategic Advisory Board.

the future of IT support per HDIThis article by Roy Atkinson and Craig Baxter shares some of the findings from “an ambitious project to look ahead about five years and make some assertions about where the technical service and support industry will be by the year 2020,” launched late last year by the HDI Strategic Advisory Board.

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The Technology HR Managers Want Most

“‘What’s the one thing human resource information system (HRIS) managers hope to accomplish’ with new HR technology?,” Aliah D. Wright asked recently on SHRM.org.

The answer, she reported in Wanted: Amazon.com-like Experience with HR Tech, is to “improve user experience,” based on fresh research from Information Services Group (ISG).

ERM portal combining HRIS plus other enterprise shared servicesThis isn’t surprising, given the link between workplace technology and employee satisfaction. Wright quotes Debora Card, a partner at ISG: “As the ‘war for talent’ heats up, CEOs recognize that their employees—especially Millennials—expect their interactions with HR departments to be as easy and engaging as shopping on Amazon.”

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The Biggest (Overlooked) Tech Challenges for Retailers in 2015

Responding to changing consumer expectations, price-sensitivity exacerbated by the great recession, and increasingly tech-savvy shoppers has forced broad and deep adoption of new technologies by retailers. Everyone knows that.

Top retail technology challenges in 2015Most retailers by now have developed strategies for addressing mobile payments, personalization, beacons, omnichannel inventory management, big data analytics, showrooming, webrooming, and buy online / pick up in store—even if the processes and supporting technologies still sometimes have a few rough edges.

Early adopters are exploring strategies for incorporating the Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing, virtual assistants, and same-day delivery.

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The IT Skills Enterprises Need Next

As the focus of IT departments shifts from providing information and infrastructure to improving business processes, the mix of skills they require is evolving as well.

Writing on ZDNet, Brian Sommer contends in As IT’s industrial age ends, the humanist era begins that:
Which IT skills will be vital in 2015?

“Systems of Record are giving way to Systems of Engagement. User Interfaces are being updated to permit a better User Experience. Cloud solutions are displacing on-premises applications. Lighter, leaner IT groups are using utility computing (e.g., public) cloud solutions. Developers are building mobile and e-commerce apps. The list just goes on and on.”

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