Whether serving public sector organisations, owner managed businesses, private individuals or listed companies with overseas operations, our goal is to help our clients achieve their ambitions. Adam Smith ‘s book The Wealth of Nations, published in Great Britain in 1776, distinguished between the outputs of what he termed “productive” and “unproductive” labor. The former, he stated, produced goods that could be stored after production and subsequently exchanged for money or other items of value. The latter, however useful or necessary, created services that perished at the time of production and therefore did not contribute to wealth. Building on this theme, French economist Jean-Baptiste Say argued that production and consumption were inseparable in services, coining the term “immaterial products” to describe them.
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As information technology in organizations grew more complex, it became evident there was a need for a more elaborated way to manage it. With the evolution of it capabilities from exotic additions in an otherwise human based process to full blown services available on demand as the organization requires, the challenge for effective it management has become to align technical capabilities with business goals and strategies. The purpose of this research is to go over the different paradigms focused on managing IT services based on business objectives. We first present a baseline concept of some relevant terms such business service and business service management, to ease the overview of several frameworks. We then describe one direction to which current research in the field is heading and finally we present a set of criteria we … Read More..Read More →