Author Archives: Don Boylan

Cornerstones of KPIs

September 2nd, 2015 | Posted by Don Boylan in Continual Service Improvement | ITIL - (2 Comments)

When I took my ITIL v2 Manager’s course with Pink Elephant, one of the most interesting sessions we had was about the four categories of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and how they must be balanced. The KPI categories are similar in concept to Kaplan and Nolan’s Balanced Scorecard. In the class we discussed the four competing quadrants of KPI …
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When All You Have is a Hammer, Everything is a Nail

May 14th, 2015 | Posted by Don Boylan in Tools - (2 Comments)

Have you ever heard the saying “If all you have is a hammer, then everything is a nail”? This saying is often applicable to corporate environments when you only have a few (or one) of the core ITIL processes in place. Since no company can simply let broken computers stay broken, they all have some …
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Process Engineering in a Nutshell

October 13th, 2014 | Posted by Don Boylan in Continual Service Improvement | Favorite | ITIL - (0 Comments)

A friend of mine manages a hosted ecommerce solution and was complaining to me the other day that people in his organization were putting unauthorized code onto production servers without going through the typical deployment process. His team would discover this when upgrading the customers’ ecommerce sites. During the upgrade, they would stumble across some …
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Testing Disaster Recovery

July 14th, 2014 | Posted by Don Boylan in Disaster Recovery | ITIL - (1 Comments)

How good are your Disaster Recover plans (DR plans)? Of 10 companies that don’t have DR plans, only 1 will be in business for more than 10 years. Is it because the other 9 companies experience a major event for which they are unprepared? No, most likely it is because those 9 other companies have …
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What is a Change?

June 21st, 2014 | Posted by Don Boylan in Change Management | Configuration Management | Favorite - (0 Comments)

Want to start a heated discussion with an ITIL Expert? Ask them to define the term “Change”. ITIL v3 defines a Change as: The addition, modification or removal of anything that could have an effect on IT services. The scope should include changes to all architectures, processes, tools, metrics and documentation, as well as changes …
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Designing for CIA

May 28th, 2014 | Posted by Don Boylan in Availability Management | Favorite - (0 Comments)

Many years ago, I worked for a company that specialized in producing slides from PowerPoint (remember slides, those little translucent pieces of plastic you would shine light through?). We were a Microsoft partner and what the industry called “in the box” with PowerPoint (remember when software came in boxes?). When you installed PowerPoint, the installation software …
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Availability vs Reliability

May 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Don Boylan in Availability Management - (0 Comments)

IT prides itself on ensuring that our services are highly available. We measure availability to ridiculously high levels of precision. Indeed, we have a magical number that represents availability nirvana. We call it “Five Nines”. The term Five Nines indicates that our systems are available for 99.999% of the agreed time. Notice that I said …
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