itSMF Norway Conference Presentation

Kirstie Magowan of IT Chronicles talks to Karen about her upcoming presentation on sponsorship at the itSMF Norway Conference being held at the Clarion Hotel in Oslo. You can read the interview here.

ITSM Crowd

Claire Agutter of ITSM Zone talks to Karen and other ITSM folk about ITSM in Australia and New Zealand. Watch the video here.

itSMF Norway Conference Workshop

Kirstie Magowan from IT Chonicles sat down with Karen to find out more about the workshop she will be running at the itSMF Norway conference in April. You can read the interview here.

Karen’s Conversations #9

Karen talks to James Finister – Global ITSM Strategist – about Service Integration and Management (SIAM). You can watch the video here.

ITIL Practitioner Qualification

The All Things ITSM team talk to Karen about the upcoming ITIL Practitioner qualification at Service Management 15 in Sydney. You can watch the video here.

Karen’s Conversations #8

In Karen’s conversations #8, Karen talks to Matthew Burrows from BSM Impact about SFIA and the recent launch of Version 6.0. You can watch the video here.

The ITSM Crowd – Episode 2

Karen joins Claire Agutter of ITSM Zone and Mohamad Sibai, Patricia Speltincx and SureshGP to discuss ITSM and people. You can watch the video here.

ITSM Global Podcast – SITS 15 – Women in IT

The All Things ITSM team discuss Karen’s keynote panel at SITS 15 and explore the subject of women in IT. You can watch the video here.

ITSM Global Podcast – itSMFNZ 2015

The IT Chronicles team talk to Karen at the itSMF New Zealand Conference 2015. Discussing marketplace trends, SIAM, defining service, cultural change, maturity assessments and more. You can watch the video here.

AXELOS Announce ITIL® Practitioner Architects Team

AXELOS has formed a global team of IT Service Management (ITSM) professionals to develop the new ITIL Practitioner qualification. The Practitioner Architects Team is leading the development of the syllabus and exam questions for the new qualification, which will be available globally by the end of 2015, as well as authoring additional guidance to support …
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Karen’s Conversations #7

In Karen’s Conversations #7, Karen talks to Simone Moore about her ITSM career move from Australia to France and the differences in ITSM she has experienced. You can watch the video here.

Karen’s Conversations #6

In the latest of Karen’s Conversations, Karen talks to New Zealanders  Tristan Boot and James Gander about changes in the ITSM industry over recent times and where they see it going. You can watch the video here.

Happy Holidays

  Seasons Greetings and a Happy New Year from Macanta Consulting. We wish you all a safe and joyful holiday time.

BYOD Revolution Means ITSM Evolution – The Movie!

At the itSMF Australia Tasmania Q4 seminar Karen delivered her presentation on what BYOD means for ITSM = “BYOD Revolution Means ITSM Evolution”. The presentation was filmed and edited by Nick Laggar of itSMF Australia. You can watch the presentation here.

Karen’s Conversations #5

In the latest in the series of Karen’s Conversations, Karen talks to Aprill Allen aka. Knowledge Bird about the world of Knowledge Management. Exploring what Knowledge Management is and isn’t and where organisations should start when embarking on their Knowledge Management journey. What are the challenges and and a best practice approach? Want to know …
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itSMFA Lifetime Achievement Award


The BYOD Revolution Means ITSM Evolution

The adoption of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) practices in the enterprise is gathering momentum. By 2016, Gartner predicts 38% of companies will have stopped buying devices for employees; by 2017, half of employers will require their employees to supply their own devices; and by 2020 85% of companies will have some sort of BYOD …
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Macanta Moments #4

In our series of Macanta Moments over the years, highlighting the best of the blogs, posts and resources, this is Moment Number 4. Back in 2010 I was inspired by the “129 Cardinal Sins” by four-star chef Eric Ripert published in his book “On The Line” which provides a specific set of rules for his staff. …
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Macanta Moments #3

In our series of Macanta Moments over the years, highlighting the best of the blogs, posts and resources, this is Moment Number 3.

This Is What They Are Saying About Karen’s Recent Presentation

Just some of the feedback on Karen’s recent BrightTALK presentation on ‘The Service Catalogue – Where and How To Start“. “I found this webinar immensely valuable. It was very clear that Karen has a lot of experience in this area. Not only was the information valuable but the presentation and delivery was very good” – …
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Macanta ITSM Training News Vol. 3

FOUNDATIONS FOR PROFESSIONALS (FFP) INTRODUCTORY OFFER Macanta Consulting is pleased to introduce the Foundations for Professionals program – the comprehensive overview of IT service management best practices and industry standards. Working in partnership with IT Training Zone, Macanta offers fully accredited, online foundation courses in ITIL, ISO/IEC 20000, OBASHI and COBIT 5 and these have now been packaged into a complete training program …
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Karen’s BrightTALK Service Catalogue Presentation

Watch Karen’s BrightTALK presentation on the Service Catalogue – Where and How to Start. Includes creation of a business case to demonstrate ROI.  

Foundations for Professionals

Foundations for Professionals – an exciting new offering from Macanta partner, IT Training Zone.

Karen’s Pink Think Tank Interview

Gerard Norsa – itSMF Australia – interviews Karen about her recent Pink Think Tank experience at PINK14 in Las Vegas.

TFT14 – IT Service Management Monopoly

This presentation highlights the fact that many organisations approach ITSM tool selection like a game of Monopoly. This is evident by the number of organisations that replace a technology within 2-3 years of purchase. How many times are they going to keep passing GO only to find that each time they do, they end up in jail with no ‘get out of jail free’ card?

It aims to save organisations time and money by ensuring that (1) when considering tool replacement they make sure they really need a different tool and (2) when a new tool really is required, they undertake the necessary pre-work to ensure that the selected tool meets the current and future needs of the business.

CEO Axelos Interview

Peter Hepworth, CEO Axelos, recently visited Australia and took part in two itSMFA Q&A sessions in Sydney and Melbourne. Whilst in Melbourne Gerard Norsa conducted an interview with Peter which you can watch here.

ITSM Antipodean Podcast – Episode 40

In episode 40 of the ITSM Antipodean Podcast, Karen, Simone and Tristan talk to Nanyi Gong from Laidlaw College about using service management outside of IT. Listen here.

#SMFlashBook – My Best Tip To Build The Service Catalogue

This blog is part of the first ever service management blogging flashmob organised by A large number of bloggers were invited to post an article on their respective blogs, on the same agreed theme, and have them all publish their posts at the same date and time. An eBook is being created with all …
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ITIL V3 Foundation Course Training Roadmap

ITIL V3 2011 Foundation Training Roadmap

Macanta Moments #2

Macanta Moment #2 is the original white paper on the Balanced Diversity framework.

And The Winner Is….

Each quarter Karen writes a book review for itSMF Australia which is included in the bulletin. The ITSM Review asked for their readership to submit reviews of Rob England’s latest book on Standard+Case and the best would win a Kindle Fire. Karen submitted her review, scheduled for the next bulletin, and her review was selected …
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ITSM Antipodean Podcast – Episode 37

The podcast crew talk to Peter Hepworth, CEO of Axelos, about the JV and what it means for us at the bottom of the world. Listen to Episode 37 here.

Live from LEADIT 2013

The ITSM Antipodean podcast crew talk to delegates at LEADIT 2013. Broadcasting live from the floor of the conference in episode 36, hear what they had to say.

Photos from LEADIT 2013

Photos of TEAM MACANTA and the rest of the crowd and goings-on from the itSMF Australia LEADIT 2013 conference are on the Macanta Facebook page.

Karen Receives Certificate of Recognition

At the itSMF LEADIT 2013 conference, three individuals where recognised for 15 years of speaking at the conference and their support of itSMF Australia. These included Peter Doherty (ServiceNow), Rob Stroud (CA) and our own Karen Ferris.

Karen’s LEADIT 2013 Interview

Karen was once again a keynote speaker at the itSMF Australia LEADIT 2013 conference. Karen spoke about ITSM tool selection and used the analogy of a game of Monopoly. After her keynote, Gerard Norsa interviewed Karen about her presentation. The white paper supporting her presentation is available here. You can view the interview with Karen …
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ITSM Antipodean Podcast – Episode 35

Listen to the podcast crew, with guest Aprill Allen and Simone Moore at the helm, discuss whistle blowing and ITSM. Episode 35 is here.

Macanta Moments #1

I was recently asked about a post I put up some years ago, about the relationship between ITSM and Angry Birds. It turned out to be very popular. So this is the first of  ‘Macanta Moments’. The best of the posts and blogs over the years. If you are a gamer and an ITSMer these may …
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ITSM Antipodean Podcast Episode 34

The ITSMAP crew talk to Karen Gately about ‘Finding and Managing Our Talent’. Listen to a very passionate discussion here.

Macanta – Proud Sponsors of LEADIT13

For the fourth consecutive year, Macanta will sponsor the itSMF Australia conference – LEADIT13. This year Macanta are proud bronze sponsors. For conference information click on the logo below. We look forward to meeting our present and future customers in Canberra on 7-9th August.

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