IBM Services

Business ServiceWhatsApp is gearing up to finally monetize its messaging app by charging large enterprise businesses for tools to better communicate with customers. As information technology in organizations grew more complex, it became evident there was a need for a more elaborated way to manage it. With the evolution of it capabilities from exotic additions in an otherwise human based process to full blown services available on demand as the organization requires, the challenge for effective it management has become to align technical capabilities with business goals and strategies. The purpose of this research is to go over the different paradigms focused on managing IT services based on business objectives. We first present a baseline concept of some relevant terms such business service and business service management, to ease the overview of several frameworks. We then describe one direction to which current research in the field is heading and finally we present a set of criteria we use to evaluate and compare all the considered frameworks and find their weaknesses and strengths.

The ability to monitor the health of business services is a key advantage of having a service-aligned” view of IT. Underpinning this service-aligned view is a concise, accurate, real-time mapping of applications, their supporting IT components, and their inter-relationships. Once these maps are bound to real-time data from IT service monitoring and event management systems, an accurate, always up-to-date measurement of the health of each business service is readily accessible, including the criticality and priority of incidents affecting service health. Ideally, this information is presented in an intuitive dashboard that lets IT staff see the health of business services across the enterprise at a glance.

As one of the leading business process services companies, it is this very ethos that we strive to live up to, each day at Conneqt Business Solutions. The world is changing at a pace never seen before. Today, technology delights us as much as it confounds us. Innovative products amaze us as much as they frustrate us. The ever-increasing range and nature of services add value to our lives as much as they are challenging to manage and stay up-to-date with.

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The benefits of a service-aligned approach to IT operations seem obvious. With a shift in emphasis to a business services perspective, we as an industry can go much further so that IT delivers on the promise of partnering with the business, speaking the same language as the business, and becoming a real bottom-line contributor to business results.