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Introducing Freshworks – Our latest cloud-based CRM software offering

Moving to a new ITSM solution is never easy and let’s face it, most people hate the software they use at work. Business software is often clunky, expensive, difficult to setup and frustrating to use. Countless hours are wasted trying to customise these solutions and they often require expensive professional services to get everything to…

Service Desk Improvement.

The Complete Service Desk Health Check… . We’ll help you be the best you can be with our 4 point improvement plan. Our complete approach to establishing Service Desk excellence follows a structured process. We can help you identify where you want to be, where you are now, and how you can improve to deliver…

Are you a member of the 5% Club? – How fit for purpose is your CMDB

A successful CMDB can be vital for an organisation, or rather it should be! . The implementation of a CMDB, should herald the dawn of a new era: The transformation of an organisation from being a reactive and Technology/System managed based Service Provider, to being a truly proactive Service based Service Provider A CMDB enables…

FireScope’s Multi-layer Dependency Maps Video.

Watch this video 2 minute video now. . . Whether you’re migrating applications to the cloud or ensuring your CMDB is accurate, you need a solution that can account for every change and over a period of time, observe the behaviour of your application for successful migrations and ongoing service delivery. Learn more about FireScope…

The Future is Built on ITIL!

Develop Essential Skills for the Digital Era with ITIL® 4 Managing Professional ITIL® 4 Managing Professional builds on the content in the ITIL® 4 Foundation, to provide practical guidance for people who work in a wide variety of IT and digital roles. The Managing Professional (MP) stream provides practical and technical knowledge about how to…

Discover the Benefits of Agile Project Management.

What is Agile Project Management? It’s no secret that the Agile Model is fast becoming the preferred way to manage projects. Organisations, teams and even project management software are increasingly responding to a demand for more adaptive and evolutionary processes. And for good reason. In a fast-changing business world that needs to respond to rapid market and…

Join the Pink Portal for Organisations now!

Pink Elephant’s E-learning training solution for organisations. Training for large teams and organisations can be difficult, time-consuming as well as expensive. Our Pink e-Learning Portal is the perfect cost-effective training solution for large teams and organisations that you and your colleagues can use at your desk or on the move, one that provides access to multiple world-class accredited…

3 Questions you need to ask before choosing an ITIL® 4 training supplier.

We want you to obtain the highest-quality ITIL® 4 training. That’s why we are encouraging you to do some comparative shopping! Before you commit your organisation’s training investment to ITIL® 4 training, you will most likely want to research a few training organisations and we encourage you to do this in order to take full…

Save on your ITIL® 4 Certification now!

Get 35% off the examination fee for your ITIL® 4 Advanced Course. Pink Elephant South Africa is please to announce the ITIL® 4 Examination Promotional offer from PeopleCert and AXELOS which is valid till the end of 2020! Take advantage of this special offer and get certified in the globally sought after ITIL® best practice,…

A Service Catalogue is a Powerful Tool.

The Service Catalogue Perspective: Do you really know what you want? . Service Catalogues seem to be the hot topic at the moment with many organisations deciding that they want one as indeed they should. A Service Catalogue can be an incredibly useful tool that helps raise the level of understanding between business and IT…

Discover the power of FireScope Secure Discovery and Dependency Mapping.

Imagine what you could achieve if your CMDB was service-aware, always up to date and required no effort to keep up. That’s the power of FireScope Secure Discovery and Dependency Mapping. . Organisations that attempt to track IT service configuration through manual efforts cannot keep up with the rapid pace of change and complexity in…

Do you know how to measure the maturity of your Service Management processes…?

Our PinkScan is the only independent and objective assessment service of its kind and it can analyse the maturity of any number of your ITSM Processes! . All companies are most likely aware of their IT process capabilities. But what is not immediately obvious is whether these processes are operating at their optimum level, or…

What can ITIL® 4 do for your organisation?

10 Improvements Your Organisation Can Put in Place Using ITIL® 4 Ever feel like your organisation is on a treadmill trying to keep pace with change, with technology and, of course, changing technology? Savvy organisations know that to just keep pace with – much less try to get ahead of – their competition, they must…

Watch Cherwell’s HR Service Management Solution Demonstration Video.

Streamline and Adapt your HR Service Management. Make a profound impact on the quality of your colleagues’ daily work experiences and bring positive change to the whole enterprise. Cherwell HRSM is a purpose-built solution to automate and simplify the myriad of HR tasks associated with employee on-boarding, off-boarding, and role changes—and to integrate these tasks…

Watch this FREE video: Taking the Service Desk to the next level: an Opportunity for IT Pro’s!

As our industry transforms and matures, last century standards for cross-team communication become less and less efficient. And in today’s digital world, the tiniest technical glitch can have huge consequences—requiring swift and flawless communication. Whether it’s a datacenter outage, a cyber-attack, an application failure, or a manmade issue, they’re all critical events which support centers…

Specops Freeware to prevent password expiration during the pandemic.

Freeware to help address password challenges associated with remote workers. Password Notification enables IT admins to configure password expiration email reminders to be sent via their own SMTP server, letting IT admins communicate password expirations to remote users. Many password expiration reminders work well while in the office or on-network, but fail to notify users…

4 ways that ITAM is going to change in a world that is no longer organised within a physical office!

What IT Asset Management Looks Like in a World That Has Gone Fully Remote… Moving an entire company remote is more challenging than people think. For example, most medium to large-scale businesses have processes in place for onboarding and training new employees on both the hardware and software required to do their job. When you…

Is it time to outsource your IT Service Desk?

Outsourcing – it is still a viable proposition! Business end users are benefiting from increased availability and diversity of applications and devices, driving increased expectations for technical support wherever and whenever they need it. At the same time, cost pressures on the business are driving the need to migrate support to lower-cost channels and delivery…

There’s more to learning online than getting certified in your pyjamas!

8 benefits of remote learning / digital education! . With millions of professionals around the world working remotely for the foreseeable future, online training will no doubt reach even higher levels of popularity. . Technology has changed the possibilities within teaching and learning. Classes, which prior to the digital era were restricted to lectures, talks,…

ITIL®4 High Velocity IT – Fast & Agile

Stay ahead of the game with the upcoming ITIL4 Specialist certification High-Velocity IT. . Many organisations have come to realise that to compete in today’s global economy they need to intensify their agility, speed-to-market, cost-effectiveness, and responsiveness. This means there is an increased focus and need for organisations to integrating new technologies, as well as…

AgileSHIFT® has become more than a buzzword.

AgileShift® has become more than a buzzword . The global pandemic has caught virtually every organisation off-guard and has seen many carefully detailed Business Continuity Plans ripped to shreds. The sudden changing of our carefully orchestrated business lives has been traumatic and has forced virtually every style of business to rework how they do business.…

Watch BeyondTrust’s overview of how to support remote workers + FREE 90 Day Trial!

Secure your remote workforce today.   If you’re not already using BeyondTrust’s Remote Support or Privileged Remote Access solutions, the free evaluations of these products has been expanded to 90 days to help you stay secure through this difficult time and help you manage the current remote workforce surge.   These solutions can: Enable remote…

25% off selected Instructor-Led Virtual Classes during April 2020.

Don’t be an april fool, stay in school! . Pink Elephant’s Virtual Classroom courses allow you to take part in our classroom training, without leaving the comfort of your own home or office! . Instructor-led virtual classroom courses can be taken online from anywhere – all you need is access to the Internet. With virtual…

Cherwell Service Management (CSM) 10.0 is here!

Introducing An Even Smarter Way to Make Work Flow Cherwell Service Management 10.0 will dramatically improve IT efficiency, employee productivity and really moves us forward from an innovation perspective. SO, WHAT’S NEW? CSM 10.0 introduces expanded channels, new models of collaboration, ground-breaking machine learning and more. Smart Collaboration and Self-Service – Instantly bring the right people…

Keep your business safe while supporting your expanded remote workforce for free!

Support Remote Work Securely. . Our technology partner, BeyondTrust, is offering their Secure Remote Access solutions for free for three months, to help organisations support an increased remote workforce during the current pandemic. In times of crisis, good security practices are often the first thing to go. As COVID-19 has spread around the globe, many…

Book Virtual Classroom or Self-paced Online Training Today!

Join one of our virtual classroom courses or self-paced online courses from the comfort of your own home . Virtual-classroom Courses: Pink Elephants Virtual Classroom courses allow you to take part in our award-winning classroom training, without leaving the comfort of your own home or office. . How it works: Classes are delivered online by one of…

Highlights from Pink20

HOLY ITSM CONFERENCE, BATMAN!   From the moment Batman swooped into the conference centre in his Batmobile for the Sunday evening welcome reception and exhibition showcase opening through to the half-day workshops on the final day, Pink20 rocked the Bellagio in Las Vegas! But, don’t take our word for it…   Day 1 – Batman…

5 Vital Elements of an Enterprise-Class HR Service Management Solution.

5 Vital elements of an Enterprise-Class HR Service Management Solution: Human resources departments are put in place to find outstanding people who can drive outstanding results. Finding these well-suited people, with the skill sets your company requires, is essential to remain competitive. However, at many companies, the vast majority of HR’s time is spent on…

Top 10 Considerations for ITSM Program Success.

A Checklist For ITSM Program Success: When establishing an IT Service Management (ITSM) improvement program, the most common questions that arise tend to be: “How do we get started?” “What is the goal?” “What critical knowledge do we need from People, Process, Product and Partners perspectives?”, etc. This is understandable, especially, since the ITSM program…

When is a Service Catalogue not a Service Catalogue?

“A Service Catalogue or a Service Request Catalogue” The term Service Catalogue is commonly misused and can lead to confusion! Often the term is incorrectly used to describe a User Self-Service Portal, which is also colloquially termed as a Service Request Catalogue. This blog seeks to identify the source and effects of this confusion and…

Three Key Traits of the Business Relationship Manager Role.

Three Key Traits of the Business Relationship Manager Role: The Business Relationship Manager Role Embodies a set of competencies (knowledge, skills, and behaviours) that foster a productive, value-producing relationship between a Provider organisation and their Business Partners. These competencies can be leveraged through organisational roles (for example, in an IT Provider, the CIO typically has…

ITIL® 4’s Managing Professional Transition Course expires in October 2020!

ITIL® 4’s Managing Professional Transition Course expires in October 2020!   The clock is now ticking on the ITIL 4 Managing Professional Transition (MPT). The ITIL Managing Professional course was launched with a one-year expiry date last year – and the countdown to its retirement in October 2020 has now begun. ITIL® 4 supports the existing investment that…

8 Questions you need to ask about your Change Management process.

8 Questions you need to ask about your Change Management process We are often confronted with a belief that selecting a service management toolset will magically instill the discipline of service management within an organisation. It has been said many time before but having a service management toolset, even a really good one, only allows…

Understanding ITIL® 4.

Understanding ITIL® 4. ITIL® 4 expands on previous versions by providing a practical and flexible basis to support organisations on their journey to the new world of digital transformation. It provides an end-to-end IT/digital operating model for the delivery and operation of tech-enabled products and services and enables IT teams to continue to play a…

Save time and money with Specops uReset® now!

Save time and money with Specops uReset® now!  Are password resets and account lockouts exhausting valuable IT resources?  We have an easy, cost-saving solution for you: Want to know how much you can save? Contact us on info.africa@pinkelephant.co.za For more info on our Automation Services, click here. For more info on all our services or…

Pink Elephant voted best large training organisation in the Netherlands!

Pink Elephant voted best large training organisation in the Netherlands!   Our Dutch colleagues took home GOLD in The Best Educator of the Netherlands (BOVNL) awards. On Thursday, January 9th of January 2020, the best Dutch training organisations from 2019 were again announced by Springest, the largest training comparison company in Europe. The Best Educator…

Self-Service isn’t Self-Serving!

Self-Service isn’t Self-Serving! The Internet has transformed the way we shop – to the point where we take it for granted that a couple of clicks on a site such as Amazon will deliver a product to our doorstep the following day. It is easy to forget that the e-commerce world has had to learn…

Watch this two-minute video about the power of Cherwell ITSM Software.

Unify and Simplify Service Experiences for All Employees The award-winning Cherwell® Service Platform allows you to automate workflows, integrate systems, and improve employee productivity for departments inside and outside the traditional boundaries of IT.  Their innovative solutions for HR, Security, PPM, and Facilities, combined with codeless configuration, provides a simple and cost-effective way to make…

The Different Stages Of Agile Teams

Organisations often expect a lot from self-supporting Agile project teams in today’s world. In a lot of organisations, the team velocity is the only KPI they notice and it is important to understand the influence of team dynamics on the velocity. Looking at the Agile manifesto, there is value some statements, like we value responding…

ITIL® 4 – A Holistic View of Service Management

The Casualties of Frameworks Going to War In principle, the primary goal of an IT service management (ITSM) framework is to provide a published body of knowledge (BoK) so professionals can improve their ability to deliver value to the larger community they serve. However, most IT organisations struggle with a silo mentality regarding culture, processes,…

Enhancing business value with your Service Catalogue.

The many ways a Service Catalogue enhances business value… The Service Catalogue is an invaluable resource to the business. It plays a crucial role as the point of access to all products and services offered by IT and other departments. A Service Catalogue is used to define what an IT department does (and does not)…

PINK ELEPHANT ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF THE ITIL® 4 FOUR ADVANCED COURSES!

PINK ELEPHANT ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF THE ITIL® 4 FOUR ADVANCED COURSES! Further to the release of the new ITIL® Managing Professional Transition certification, Pink Elephant South Africa is excited to be the first to announce course dates for the industry’s first ITIL® 4 Advanced courses for the Managing Professional stream. The ITIL 4 Specialist –…

Blacklisting weak and exposed passwords is crucial.

Blacklisting weak and exposed passwords is crucial. Read this business case to learn why blacklisting weak and exposed passwords should be a critical part of making sure your organization’s password policy is successful: Specops Password Policy Business Case Specops Password Policy helps you increase password security in your Microsoft Active Directory environment. You can use…

The King Price IT Service Desk – Underpinning Customer Experience.

The King Price IT Service Desk – Underpinning Customer Experience. Today’s modern business is delivered on a platform of increasingly sophisticated technology powering operations across the organisation and usually resulting in an intimate interface with the customer that allows for the participation in the fulfilment of the service required and delivered. These days, time constrained…

5 Reasons Why Implementing ITSM is More Critical Now Than Ever Before.

5 Reasons Why Implementing ITSM is More Critical Now Than Ever Before. IT Service Management (ITSM) is the most widely followed paradigm for managing IT resources. Why do these organisations implement ITSM? Through a process-oriented approach, ITSM empowers IT teams to take a more structured approach to service management, increase transparency and accountability of the…

Cherwell introduces a Beyond Trust Integration!

Cherwell introduces a Beyond Trust Integration! The BeyondTrust Integration mergeable application (mApp) provides functionality that enables secure, real-time remote support sessions. Using the mApp, CSM technicians and Customers can launch remote support sessions directly from CSM to encourage real-time collaboration and fast resolution of IT issues. Session details (ex: Chat conversation history) can then be…

CMDB – Offline Source of Trusted Data or Ongoing Updated collection of actual Data?

CMDB – Offline Source of Trusted Data or Ongoing Updated collection of actual Data? Many organisations struggle with keeping track of what is within their IT enterprise environment and at best hope that they have a handle on IT asset controls for financial management governance.  Many IT operational groups have their own view of what’s…

SPECIAL ITIL® EXAM OFFER!

Special ITIL® exam offer! a Do you want to get your ITIL®4 Foundation certification, or are you determined to obtain the required credits to become an ITIL®4 Managing Professional? a PeopleCert have two amazing offers for you! a 1. ITIL®4 Foundation EXAM: 30% off ITIL 4 Foundation exams This is exclusively for ITIL® v3 Foundation…

Pink Elephant SA runs Root Cause Analysis Specialist™ course (RCS)

Pink Elephant SA runs Root Cause Analysis Specialist™ course (RCS) Albert Einstein said: “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” So why do we do Root Cause Analysis?  Average enterprises suffer more than 61 hours of downtime each year and an initial 54% of that…

6 WAYS TO BE A GREAT SERVICE DESK MANAGER.

6 Ways To Be A great Service Desk Manager. The Service Desk sees everything, speaks to everyone and deals with everything from forgotten passwords to Major Incidents. They are the unsung heroes of IT and are the IT single point of contact for many enterprises. Managing these heroes is no easy task, so we’ve compiled…

KING PRICE CHOOSES PINK ELEPHANT!

King Price Chooses Pink Elephant! The 1st of August 2019 sees the Pink Elephant meeting the “king” following a three-month transition of the King Price Service Desk environment to the Pink Elephant Global Service Centre in Woodmead, Johannesburg. Leading with a PinkScan™ ITSM Maturity assessment, Pink and King Price developed a strategic roadmap that culminated…

ITIL 4 Managing Professional (MP) Transition

Calling all “ITIL Experts“… Are you ready for your next challenge? You invested countless hours, successfully manoeuvring your way through the multiple layers of the ITIL® v3 qualification scheme. You’ve become an “ITIL Expert, or are very close to it. Now you’re ready to apply your talents on your next adventure. Well, here it is… A…

Leading Organisational Transformation

Leading Organisational Transformation Winston Churchill once said, “There is nothing wrong in change if it is in the right direction.” Whether people perceive change as heading in the right direction or not, most fear change. How many times have you tried to introduce a new way of doing an ordinary business activity and been asked:…

What is the difference between a Help Desk and a Service Desk?

What is the difference between a Help Desk and a Service Desk? By Kate Hamblin, IT Management Consultant @ Pink Elephant South Africa   “What’s the difference between a Help Desk and a Service Desk?” A question I frequently get asked on training courses. The Oxford English Dictionary states: Help – make it easier or…

Agile Service Management – a mindset as well as a framework

According to “The Agile Service Management Guide”, Agile Service Management involves: “adapting Agile and Scrum values and practices to IT Service Management (ITSM) processes, process design and improvement activities.” Yet, elements of the Agile Manifesto can appear to contradict with tenets of the IT Service Management. For example, the favouring of: “Individuals and interactions” over “Processes and…

2019 ITSM Trends

Take a look at the top trends to expect in the ITSM space in 2019 with Troy DuMoulin VP, Research & Development Pink Elephant “Well, another year has come to a close and it feels like it went by much faster than the last one! Or perhaps 2018 seems to have flown by on a rocket-propelled hoverboard because so…

Top Questions about ITIL4

The recent launch of the ITIL® 4 Foundation certification course and ITIL 4 certification scheme – and the retention of ITIL v3 certification courses – have left many folks with questions about which path they should take from here. Should you continue your ITIL v3 certification – or move directly to ITIL 4 certification? This…

Pink20 EarlyBird Special

Holy ITSM Conference, Batman! Calling all IT superheroes! Hop in your Batmobile and make your way to Pink20. Now in its 24th hugely successful year, our annual event is globally recognized as the world’s premier IT Service Management Conference. We live in a business era of superhuman challenges. Is your IT team up to the…

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