IT service management describes a strategic approach for designing, planning, delivering, managing and improving the way IT is used within an organization. Some of the best examples of ITSM methods are change management, capacity planning, configuration management, disaster recovery, performance management and availability management. The goal of every IT Service management framework is to ensure that the right processes, people and technology are in place so that an organization can meet its business goals.
The IT service management applications market is expected to reach $2 billion by 2020, compared with $1.6 billion in 2015 at a compound annual growth rate of 4.0%.
WHAT ARE THE EXPERTS SAYING?
We reached out to some of the top influencers on our list to ask them for their views on IT service management. We spoke to Ian Moyse (#1), Lonnie McRorey (#2), Stephan Mann (#4), Claire Agutter (#9), Stuart Rance (#12) and Jarod Greene (#19) . Be sure to follow them to stay up to date on the best content and resources on IT service management.
“This market segment is evolving fast and accelerating as businesses have increased pressure to deliver high quality customer service and self service capabilities both to internal and external customers, in B2B and B2C environments. Users expectations of service quality and response is higher than ever before, driven by an environment of apps, online e-commerce and consumable tech. Therefore the enabling tech combined with process and people has to be more efficient and aligned than ever before.”
“Users are consuming software at a massive scale than previous years, and the trend is exponentially growing. This means that the IT Department will have to run at greater efficient and optimized levels than ever before. By democratizing IT Service Management, companies will be able to implement ideas and processes across the entire ecosystem, thus (IT) Service Management will be at the nucleus of every successful company. CIO’s are already taking the CEO seat across modern data driven organizations and the engine that will help this new breed of leadership will be a symbiotic (IT) Services Management department that will deliver continuous services across the enterprise while fortifying partner relationships.”
“People need to realize, or remember, that ITSM is so much more than IT service desk. Then they need to understand that ITSM is so much more than the processes covered by ITIL, the popular ITSM best practice framework. That instead ITSM is about delivering IT as a service which, in 2016 and beyond, means keeping up with the employee and customer consumer-world-driven expectations of service and support. It’s currently one of the biggest challenges for IT(SM) professionals – understanding what customer experience (CX) is, that it’s relevant inside the organization as well as outside, and what they need to do about it.”
“2016 has been the year when IT service management has changed beyond all recognition. Organisations large and small are looking at emerging practices like DevOps and agile service management and asking “can this help us do our job better?” In the next 5 years, I’m expecting to see ITSM continue to evolve to deliver good IT faster and meet business needs. ITSM experts will need to re-skill and keep learning in order to stay relevant, consultancy models will change and IT departments will converge with the businesses they serve.”
“IT service management isn’t really about how you manage IT services, it’s about how you create value by ensuring your customers have great experiences, without having to use resources that you can’t afford”
“IT Service Management (ITSM) is a constant. There has been and will always be a need for it, but will the ITSM of today look the same in the next five years? Almost certainly not! The way we deploy, operate and continually improve ITSM has massively changed over the last five years and will continue to do so in the future. Who would have thought that ITSM Software would be utilising real time analytics, big data, social media and robotics, but this is the reality of today! Change will also be driven by the fact that we live in a world where almost everything is required on demand. Organisations and individuals are simply not prepared to wait as they need to see instant value to remain competitive and “in the game”. Everyone wants everything better faster cheaper and safer and ITSM is no exception. So buckle up as the ride is only just starting and thing will start to move very very fast!”
“The notion that IT doesn’t matter anymore is particularly frustrating because everyone in the business is a technology expert, until something stops performing the way it’s supposed to. This represents a clear call to action for IT leaders, who have to shift from service providers to service brokers, who can ensure the business can connect to technology solutions safely and securely, in ways that empower, and not impair. ITSM provides the framework to accomplish those objectives and the future has never been brighter.”
We were interested in seeing which topics were spoken of the most in the context of IT service management, so we analysed tweets and blogs from the top 100 influencers and brands between 1st January – 3rd October 2016 and counted the number of times various topics were mentioned to create a topic share of voice pie chart:
The most popular topic mentioned in tweets and blogs by the top IT service management influencers by a long way was Cloud with a 52% share of voice, illustrating the massive importance of Cloud services within ITSM. Security was the 2nd most popular topic with 24% of all topic mentions among the top ITSM influencers and brands, proving how data security is of paramount importance in the ITSM market. The 3rd most popular topic among the ITSM influencers was Design with a 4% share of voice, illustrating the importance of design in the processes and supporting procedures within ITSM activities. Support also received a 4% share of voice followed by Delivery, Infrastructure, Planning and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) all with a 3% share of all topic mentions. Lastly the topic of Control received a 2% share of all mentions among the top 100 IT service management influencers and brands.
MAPPING THE COMMUNITY
We were very interested in seeing which brand and individuals were leading the discussion around IT service management, so we analysed over 21K tweets from mentioning the key words: “IT Service Management OR ITSM OR ITServiceManagement OR ITOM OR IT Operation Management OR ITOperationManagement”. We then identified the top 100 most influential brands and individuals leading the discussion on Twitter. What we discovered was a very engaged community, with much discussion between individuals and brands. Below you can see a network map of the online conversation with number one individual Ian Moyse at the centre. This map was created with our Influencer Relationship Management software (IRM). Be sure to click on the map to enjoy the full size network diagram in greater detail.
Below you can see another network map created with our Influencer Relationship Management software (IRM) showing the number 3 brand Service Desk Institute at the centre and all the conversations to and from the influencers in their field. If you are interested in learning more about identifying, managing and engaging with influencers click here to get in touch!
TOP 100 INDIVIDUALS
We looked at all the individuals engaging on Twitter to bring you a list of the top influencers in IT service management. Below is the top 50, if you want to see who ranks from 50-100 be sure to download the full report by clicking the download button below.
|Rank||Twitter Handle||Name||Company||Influencer Score|
|1||@imoyse||Ian Moyse – FInstSMM||Eurocloud UK & Cloud Industry Forum||100|
|4||@stephenmann||Stephen Mann||ITSM Tools||36.46|
|5||@roomeezon||Imran Hafeez Panhwar||Government of Pakistan||34.13|
|6||@ITSM_Jayne||Jayne Groll||ITSM Academy||25.47|
|8||@dougtedder||Doug Tedder||Tedder Consulting||25.01|
|9||@ClaireAgutter||Claire Agutter||ITSM Zone||23.37|
|10||@barclayrae||Barclay Rae||Barclay Rae Consulting||22.75|
|12||@StuartRance||Stuart Rance||Optimal Service Management||17.91|
|13||@Joe_the_IT_guy||Joe The IT Guy||SysAid Technologies.||15.47|
|14||@OttLegalRebels||Marc R Gagné MAPP||Gagné Legal Services||15.29|
|15||@TonyPriceAtWork||Tony Price||Hewlett Packard Enterprise||15.09|
|16||@EricTTung||Eric T. Tung||Social Media Association of Houston||14.95|
|18||@RobertEStroud||Robert Stroud||Forrester Research||12.54|
|19||@jarodgreene||Jarod Greene||Cherwell Software||12.27|
|22||@sureshgp||Suresh GP||Taub Solutions||10.66|
|23||@SophieDanby||Sophie Danby||Socommunity Ltd.||10.6|
|24||@ITSM_Lisa||Lisa Schwartz||ITSM Academy||10.3|
|25||@SDIOllie||Ollie O’Donoghue||The Service Desk Institute||10|
|26||@JamesWMacintyre||James Macintyre||Plus Dane||9.54|
|27||@gobbymidget||Rebecca Beach||Dimity Consulting||9.45|
|28||@ryanrogilvie||Ryan Ogilvie||Inter Pipeline||9.38|
|29||@MauricioCorona||Mauricio Corona, PhD||NYCE, BP Gurus||9.13|
|34||@gtsanker||Greg Sanker||Oregon Department of Administrative Services||7.58|
|36||@TroyDuMoulin||Troy DuMoulin||Pink Elephant||7.48|
|37||@EarlBegley||Earl Begley||San Francisco International Airport||7.37|
|38||@RoyAtkinson||Roy Atkinson||UBM, Clifton Butterfield, HDI||7.35|
|39||@gerardblokdijk||gerardblokdijk||The Art of Service||7.24|
|40||@vawns||Vawns Murphy||Micro Focus||7.23|
|45||@Karen_Ferris||Karen Ferris||Macanta Consulting||6.66|
|47||@MarlonMolina||Marlon Molina||IDG Communications||6|
|48||@theitskeptic||Rob England||Two Hills Ltd||5.9|
|49||@LeifssonElvar||Elvar Leifsson||Amazon Echo||5.82|
TOP 100 BRANDS
We also looked at all the brands engaging on Twitter to bring you a list of the top brands talking about IT service management. Below is the top 50, if you want to see who ranks from 50-100 be sure to download the report to get the full top 100 list, and see who are most the influential brands in IT service management.
|Rank||Twitter Handle||Name||Influencer Score|
|10||@Axios_Systems||Axios Systems ⚡||25.77|
|12||@ITBusinessEdge||IT Business Edge||22.57|
|15||@AXELOS_GBP||AXELOS Best Practice||21.22|
|19||@DellSysMgmt||Dell Systems Mgmt||15.35|
|23||@AllThingsITSM||All Things ITSM||14.32|
|34||@PinkElephantUK||Pink Elephant UK||10.9|
|35||@ciscoDC||Cisco Data Center||10.61|
|40||@theopengroup||The Open Group||9.39|
|48||@artofserviceIT||The Art of Service||7.83|
|49||@CRIP_ITIFORUMS||CRIP et ITIFORUMS||7.4|
|50||@IBMServiceMgmt||IBM Service Mgmt||7.31|
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Disclaimer: As ever with these lists, it must be stressed that the ranking is by no means a definitive measurement of influence, as there is no such thing. The brands and individuals listed are undoubtedly influential when it comes to driving discussion around IT service management.
The PageRank based methodology we use to extract influencers on a particular topic takes into account the number and quality of contextual references that a user receives. These calculations also take into account a user’s relevance (number of tweets on topic), reach (number of followers) and reference (how often they appear in Twitter lists). If you want to learn more, please read our article that outlines influencer identification.