End user complaints and general experience issues are many times seen as lowest level IT support function. Most organizations when asked “who is responsible for this?” reply “I am not sure” or “it’s another team’s responsibility”. Usually, if it’s an end user issue that is directed to anyone but the infrastructure team (cuz they are really busy!) App slowness issues, contact App Dev…Unhappy user, contact the service desk…down application, Infrastructure team will be there to save the day but it’s not their fault. All others please visit the IT Complaint Department (shown below).
“…our job is to take responsibility for the complete user experience. And if it’s not up to par, it’s our fault, plain and simply.” – Steve Jobs
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The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. -Alvin Toffler
Over the past 3 years I have begun to see a shift in the way customers are planning, selecting and deploying technology capabilities to their users. The range of choice has expanded at every level; in devices, applications, methods of computing, potential partners and ownership. A ‘one-size fits all’ technology strategy is moving to one in which it’s now ‘any size that you like’. IT can now deliver many more capabilities; dependence on ‘cost-only’ business cases will encourage IT leaders to keep the legacy alive.
Our EUC team is focused on helping our customers identify their desired outcome, assess the legacy IT, document and present it to leadership in meaningful terms. This provides the best starting point to decide whether the investment is worth pursuing for the value planned to obtain.Read More »
We live in a connected society of humans and machines. This world creates great conflict for both humans and machines. Humans must protect themselves from allowing the machines to control them. Some of us attempt to do so by removing technology from our lives at certain times during our day. I say attempt because it is very challenging to do this and very easy to fail. Due to our difficulty in controlling our actions of how, when, and where we use technology, we as users of the machines have become very unpredictable. Machines need protection from humans in order to avoid being cast aside for not delivering an acceptable user experience that is consistent. Herein lies the pain and conflict users consuming IT resources can feel.
IT departments are made up of humans trying to configure solutions and machines have very little defense against their creator. Complicating the situation is unpredictable, volatile, and at times what appear to IT as “abusive” users. The evolution of our society as it relates to technology has moved quite quickly compared to the evolution of our society as a human race. The more we continue to evolve the ways in which we consume and inherently change our behavior, the more complexity we introduce into the IT departments responsible for delivering the tools we use. This challenge presents a situation which forces IT to choose how to overcome this uncertainty.Read More »