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Market Overview: IT Service Management Support Tools

An Overview Of The Modern Service Desk And Other Technologies

March 22, 2010

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  • By Eveline Oehrlich
  • with Peter O'Neill,
  • Ben Echols

Why Read This Report

The service desk market generated more than $1.3 billion in 2008 and is expected to grow at about 10%. This market segment has experienced very little innovation in the past few years. The goals of service desk customers are primarily to improve customer satisfaction and reduce service desk staffing costs. Both of these goals are reached through implementation of process improvements — or entirely new processes — that streamline the work for the service desk team. Additionally, pressure to justify costs drives the need for financial measures and data to prove the value of the service desk to the organization. The market is filled with vendors that have all developed tools that look very similar. The fundamental processes of incident and problem management are comparable across these solutions, but ease of use and implementation time offer some differentiation.

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Table of Contents

  • Service Desk Requirements Are Changing As Responsibility Increases
  • The ITSM Support Tool Landscape Now Includes Several Key Technologies
  • Segmenting The ITSM Support Tool Market
  • Decision Criteria For Selecting The Right ITSM Support Tools

  • How To Choose The Right ITSM Support Tool For You
  • Supplemental Material
  • Related Research Documents