Assessments

Macanta partners with True Assessments to deliver our assessment services.

True Assessments automates the assessment process therefore minimising the impact on your day-to-day operations. True Assessments is a cloud-based simple and clean survey interface with a sophisticated statistical engine and role based surveys to ensure objective results.

The benefits of True Assessments include:

• Assessments are consistent, repeatable, accessible and more cost effective to provide.

• It has the ability to poll a broad range of people across an organisation. Such a depth of poll allows for a far more realistic view on the operation of what is being assessed.

• The use of a software engine enables complex analytical algorithms to apply the scientific techniques described below and remove the absolute dependence on the skill of an individual consultant.
Triangulation. This research technique is used to cross-reference information received from three sources.
– Inferential Statistics. This method of analysing data is employed to derive scores and ratings from samples.
360o Survey. This method, often associated with staff appraisals, is used to extract perceptions of the value provided from three groups:
Realism. This research approach recognises that information can be drawn from sources that lie somewhere between absolute fact and conjecture.

• A workflow driven approach to conducting the assessments through a series of easy to manage phases.

• Provides a platform for conducting complicated and detailed assessments quickly and effectively and without the usual requirement for highly experienced consultants to facilitate the process.

• A simple interface for the assessment facilitator to manage the assessment and communicate with the client.

Macanta conducts the following assessments:

ITSM (ISO33000) Compliance

You should be benchmarking your IT Service Management (ITIL framework) processes against a recognised standard, that make them easily comparable for continual service improvement. Our ISO33000 assessment can do that for you.

  • Are your IT Service Management processes aligned to the ITIL framework?
  • Do you need to confirm that the delivery of your IT services is supported by processes that are well managed?
  • Is the delivery of IT services required to align with organisational policy or strategy?
  • Would you like to align your IT Service Management processes against a recognised standard?
  • Do you require process assessment results that are consistent and comparable for benchmarking and Continual Service Improvement?

If you answer Yes to any of the above, then our ISO33000 assessment is for you.
(Note: ISO3300 is the new standards name for ISO15504 Part 8).

Designed using the unique Software Mediated Process Assessment (SMPA) approach in conjunction with the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), the assessment required:

  • ISO 33000 Compliance 2Academic rigour
  • Industry relevance
  • Objectivity
  • Low labour intensity

 

Both internal and external service providers need to:

  • Confirm that processes are indeed supporting the delivery of IT services
  • Ensure that organisational policy and strategy guidelines are being met
  • Measure processes against a recognised standard
  • Have assessment outcomes that are consistent and comparable for benchmarking and continual service improvement
  • Provide a competitive differentiator for delivery of IT services

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eco-ITSM: ITSM Process Sustainability

Many businesses struggle to develop IT and business strategies that work hand in hand with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Often that is because IT tends to focus on technology alone. eco-ITSM brings sustainability across the whole service lifecycle and achieves constructive organisation-wide change.

Until recently, sustainability was mainly an environmentalist concern. Now it is a key component of the CSR Policy of your organisation. Moreover, it is directly linked to increased productivity and profit.

Most green IT initiatives are technology focused, whereas the eco-ITSM focus is on process. Process improvements that include sustainability considerations will change behaviour across the organisation.

eco-ITSM focuses on the solution – not the problem!

Your positive approach to sustainability will enhance your reputation and brand and your ability to enter new markets.

What is eco-ITSM?

eco-ITSM is an innovative and effective service offered by Macanta Consulting. It uses best practice IT Service Management to facilitate your sustainability objectives.

It assesses the sustainability of your Service Management processes across the lifecycle to minimise costs, reduce waste and reduce carbon emissions.

It provides a baseline from which to drive and measure improvements in sustainable processes. Recommendations are prioritised and quick wins identified. Assistance with the process improvement project is provided.

The assessment is automated therefore minimising the impact on your day-to-day operations. The assessment is a cloud-based simple and clean survey interface with a sophisticated statistical engine and role based surveys to ensure objective results.

Why do I need an eco-ITSM service?

Do you need to reduce your carbon footprint?
Do you need to reduce costs?
Do you need to improve your brand and reputation?
Do you need to attract and retain good staff?
Do you need IT to be more sustainable?

If you answer yes to any of those questions then you need the eco-ITSM service.
eco-ITSM will show you how you can utilise your existing service management processes to incorporate sustainable practices that will reduce your carbon footprint whilst also reducing cost. It will enhance your brand and enable you to attract and retain good staff.

I have a Green IT project. Why do I still need eco-ITSM?

Your Green IT project(s) will most likely include data centre consolidation, virtualisation, recycling, data de-duplication, power management and so on.

Most of these activities are reactive to a growing carbon footprint. eco-ITSM takes a proactive process approach that will embed sustainability into day-to-day operations. It will ensure that you are not constantly reacting to the increase in energy consumption. Prevention is better than cure.

“The sustainable way to decrease carbon emissions is by improving workflow. In this way, IT can contribute to reductions across the business, and not just in IT” (Chris Ingle, Research Director, Analyst House, UK).

What are the benefits?

eco-ITSM pays dividends in many ways, including:

Financial: 
eco-ITSM achieves improved financial performance through sustainable best practice that reins in power and related expenses
Brand
: eco-ITSM associates your corporate identity with the strong environmental credentials that clients, investors and employees actively seek
Sustainability: 
eco-ITSM embeds sustainability in your organisation to reduce its carbon footprint and support CSR obligations
Compliance
: eco-ITSM enables your organisation to comply with emissions regulations and ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems
Growth: 
eco-ITSM enhances your workflow and processes to achieve the greater efficiencies required to drive business growth.

What will eco-ITSM give me?

eco-ITSM will provide you with a lens on your existing (and to be) service management processes from a sustainability perspective.

It will show you how you can enhance your existing processes and build into your new or changing processes, sustainability across the whole of the service lifecycle,

An output of the eco-ITSM service is a detailed management report of recommendations, priorities and quick wins. It will provide you with a process improvement road map and a baseline from which to measure improvements.

Macanta can provide on-going support for your eco-ITSM journey if you wish us to.

Why and when should I start?

The decision to undertake an eco-ITSM service could be initiated by many triggers. These could include legislation – pending or active – pressure from the CEO, CFO, sustainability team, Corporate Social Responsibility policy makers, customers, employees and so on.

However, we would recommend that you undertake this service before you embark on any further major process improvement initiatives so that you embed sustainability now rather than later.

What is the approach?

Our approach is to align the eco-ITSM service with your vision, goals and objectives. We will work with you to determine your scope. Using our portal the assessment is automated and therefore has minimal impact on day-to-day operations.

The assessment consists of statements that enable an organisation to assess and measure sustainability maturity, which is then linked to a genuinely unique knowledge database of observations and recommendations. The recommendations are produced based on the unique outcomes of a set of surveys including comparisons between the different aspects that have been measured.

An organisational profile is conducted as every organisation is different. This allows suitable weightings to be applied to both survey questions and metrics.
Survey results are presented using the service management process maturity framework (PMF) both at a process level and service lifecycle level.

An assessment report is produced that analyses sustainability practices across the process, functions and activities and provides:

  • Maturity scores
  • Sustainability gap analysis
  • Cross-dimensonal observations
  • Comprehensive sustainability strategy plan

The results can be presented to key stakeholders in a workshop environment to get agreement on the findings and commitment to a service improvement plan.

Will the eco-ITSM service disrupt my business-as-usual activities?

Macanta conducts the eco-ITSM service with minimal disruption to your day-to-day activities as the assessment is automated with surveys completed online.

Is the service scalable?

Yes. If you wish to assess a selection of processes or stages of the of the lifecycle, eco-ITSM can be scaled accordingly. We will work with you to determine the scope of the service that best meets your needs and objectives.

Why should I engage Macanta?

The eco-ITSM service was developed based on many years of experience in the Service Management industry, extensive research, and a desire to enable organisations to utilise their existing frameworks to drive improved sustainability across their organisation.

Macanta is passionate about reducing the impact that IT has on the environment and demonstrating that you can use what you already have to meet the challenge.
We are the first organisation to provide this innovative service that is changing the face of Service Management, as we know it.

How do I get started?

Drop us an email or give us a call and we can discuss your specific requirements.

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ISO20000 Compliance

Macanta provides an ISO20K assessment that measures the conformance of the IT Service Management capability against the requirements of the ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011 international standard.

There are a number of differentiators between this assessment and standard style maturity assessments:

Approaches the assessment from a business outcomes perspective

Includes a 360° perception survey of service delivery

Includes a structured Improvement Planning Workshop for key senior stakeholders designed to focus on understanding the business drivers, gaining management buy-in and focusing on selecting the most relevant process for assessment and improvement

All process surveys are role based on a 360° basis, and use statistical scoring mechanisms

Major and Minor non-conformities are captured and reported, along with the level of answer variety (individual’s answers varying from each other)

Compliance scores, observations and improvement recommendations are aligned to the processes and clauses/requirements in ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011

Surveys are web based, designed to significantly broaden the data collection footprint, minimise disruption to the client and minimise data collection time as well as costs.

Anecdotal evidence captured via survey question comments

A detailed report including a Journey Plan is produced directly out of the portal, suitable for customisation by the partner company to suit the scope of the assignment and their corporate identity

The ISO20K assessment is suitable as a standalone assessment to quickly assess (or re-assess), an organisation’s Service Management System (SMS) and produce a gap analysis against the standard, a prioritised improvement program, or to compliment a more in-depth consultancy assignment by:

Simplifying the process assessment aspects, and allowing more time and money for constructive and value-add consultancy

Providing a rich source of data outcomes to assist the consultancy process and help prioritise where to focus any further in-depth investigations

The current ISO20K assessment is aligned to:
ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011 (Service management system requirements)
ISO/IEC 20000-2:2012 (Guidance on the application of service management systems)
ISO/IEC 20000-3:2009 (Guidance on scope definition and applicability)
ISO/IEC 20000-4:2010 (Process reference model)
ISO/IEC 20000-5:2010 (Exemplar implementation plan)

Assessment options (levels):
Baseline – includes all aspects of the assessment (Perception survey, Workshop, Process Assessment), and output of a detailed report of all score outcomes, observations, and improvement recommendations (Journey Plan).
Checkpoint – Process Assessments only, with output of scores relative to a previous Baseline. (Designed as a follow up to a Baseline assessment)
Note: 15 modules are available – 14 process areas plus the Clause 4 SMS general requirements.

Assessments can be used to:
Provide a baseline of current compliance against the ISO/IEC 20000 standard
Support those looking to achieve ISO20k certification or alignment
Act as an internal audit assessment for re-certification, in order to reflect changes since 2005 version
Provide a baseline measurement to help drive any ITSM or continual improvement initiative, supplemented or used in conjunction with the ITSM (ITIL® 2011 edition) and/or eco-ITSM® assessments, also provided by Macanta.

The assessment portal is designed to manage complicated assessments efficiently and cost effectively, while minimising the impact to the organisation being assessed.

The specialised multi-dimensional role-based surveys and knowledge base of observations and recommendations are drawn from the significant expertise of our ISO20K Assessment cartridge development partner. The cartridge allows an organisation to assess and measure the service management system (SMS) capabilities and processes against the ISO20K standard. The results trigger observations and recommendations based on the survey outcomes including comparisons between the different aspects that have been measured.

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SFIA

Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) is one of IT industry’s best-kept secrets – it’s beauty lies in its applicability.

As a proud partner of SkillsTx, we can offer organisations and individuals easy access to the power of SFIA.

Whether you have 10 people or 250000 people, SFIA can bring significant benefits.

If you simply want to understand what skills you have and potential gaps, SkillsTx Assess is for you.

If you are looking top confirm what skills you need, develop Role Profiles / Job Descriptions and implement it within your HR, recruitment and business processes, look to SkillsTx Define.

SFIA is recognised in nearly 200 countries and used by a rapidly growing number of organisations – large and small.

If you’re simply wanting to understand what skills you have and potential gaps, SkillsTx Assess is for you.

If you are looking to confirm what skills you need, develop Role Profiles / Job Descriptions, and implement it within your HR, Recruitment and Business processes, look to SkillsTx Define.


Individual Skills Assessment

Individuals complete the assessment online and receive a detailed objective report outlining their current level of responsibility and accountability, plus a detailed breakdown of the selected skills with associated level of skill and a definition of skill level achieved.


Organisational Assessment

Once individual self assessments are completed, organisations can generate an organisational assessment report, where skills at an organisational level are compiled from the individual skills profiles. This provides a rolled-up view of skills balance, gaps, risks and potential improvement areas.


Skills Validation

360° validation options, including Manager and/or Co-worker validation of SFIA levels of responsibility, to augment data quality and consistency. Also supports full skills validation by SFIA Accredited Consultants.


Skills Analysis

Using the flexibility of Microsoft Power BI analysis see at a glance the skills you have. Immediately identify candidates for a project or bid team, for example. Check the skills within teams and locations with flexible filtering for self-rated and/or validated skills.


SkillsTx Planner – Individual Skills Planning

Each individual can display and manage their own SFIA skill profile using our NEW SkillsTX Planner dashboard. You can view your self-rated and validated skill profiles and update your self-rated skills as they change. The whole SFIA framework is available with ‘hover over’ descriptions.

Role Profile and Job Description Creation

Make the developing of role profiles and job descriptions a painless exercise! No previous knowledge of SFIA is required; you can create a tailor-made SFIA-based role profile or job description in minutes!


Professional Development

Produce Individual “Development Assessment” Reports for each member of staff, showing how well they match to the defined Roles/Jobs – invaluable for informed career development planning, and identifying relevant training & other development interventions. This is extremely effective as part of a Continual Professional Development, Performance Appraisal or Training Needs analysis.


Organisational Position Matching

Identify and rank individuals with a skills match to a Role Profile or Job Description (uses self-assessed and validated data).


Analytics

In addition to Skills Analysis our Analytics feature opens up the ability compare your workforce with your skill requirements as defined by your job descriptions. Quickly find potential candidates that match Job requirements and find skill gaps.


SkillsTx Planner – Individual Position Matching

Our NEW SkillsTx Planner dashboard when combined with our Define product allows individuals to relate themselves to their current and possible future job and shows a percentage match. The job profile can be overlayed with the individual’s own skill profile to highlight gaps and provide the basis for career development planning. A very powerful feature to help ensure training and skill acquisition is effectively targeted.

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