By Chad Greenslade
I have often been asked about my lessons learned in implementing an IT Service Management (ITSM) tool. Below is the first in a ten part series examining my ITSM lessons learned. I hope that these lessons help you on your journey to ITSM nirvana.
Lesson #1: Beware of the Integrators. An “Integrator” is a third party professional services firm that will help you to setup and deploy your selected ITSM tool. Unless you have requisite development, configuration, and strategy skills & expertise in your organization, you will need to contract with an integrator to get your ITSM platform launched. The key thing to remember is that the contract between you and your selected integrator is no different than any other professional services consulting engagement; you must clearly define scope, deliverables, acceptance criteria, etc. Most of these agreements will center on the modules you want to develop and deploy. Keep in mind that the overarching strategy is YOURS! Don’t rely on the integrator to tell you how the modules you’ve asked them to develop and deploy will fit with your overall strategy. While some integrators can offer some level of strategy expertise, the strategy completely depends on your organization’s dynamics and the desire to bring selected modules to market. The bottom line is that the modules defined in the integrator agreement will be the sole focus of the integrator. They will attempt to finish the development and release of the contracted modules as quickly as possible, and then move on to the next engagement. If your organization is not ready to accept their work and deploy into production, your organization may incur additional cost or rework as the overarching strategy evolves.