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CIS3008 IT Service Management 2015 Sem 1 Major Assignment 1
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Assignment 3
Description Marks out of Wtg(%) Due date
Assignment 3
Word count: 3000–4000 words 100 30 18 May 2015
This assignment specifically addresses four of the learning objectives of the course:
? LO1: demonstrate a critical awareness of the importance of IT service management and the need for organisations to ensure that effective processes are in place to manage the significant investment in IT infrastructure
? LO2: demonstrate an awareness of the nature and contribution of the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and ISO/IEC 20000 in providing good practice frameworks for IT service management
? LO3: demonstrate the capacity to comprehend and evaluate the objectives, activities and associated roles and responsibilities to enable effective planning, management and improvement of IT service processes.
? LO4: apply the international standard for IT service management to case studies including the IT service strategy, service design, service transition, service operation and continual service improvement.
Students are encouraged to work in teams to complete the assignment as teamwork is an important skill required by industry. You may choose to work alone. If you opt to work as a team, the same marks will be awarded to both students. No team can exceed more than two students. It is up to you to find a team-mate and this can usually be achieved through a request on the Study Desk.
Submit only one assignment if you elect to work as a team to complete this assignment. Note that marks will be awarded on the basis of the student name(s) and student number(s) that appear in the file name and in the report introduction.
Two articles are provided on Vodafone Ireland’s IT Group.
For the purpose of this assignment, assume the role of consultant(s) who have been hired by Vodafone Ireland to contribute to a review of IT Service Management at Vodafone Ireland.
You will prepare a report for Mr Shane Gaffney, Head of IT Operations at Vodafone Ireland.
Refer to the marking criteria for details of mark allocations.
Note: the word count does not include letter of transmittal, executive summary, references or appendices.
CIS3008 IT Service Management 2015 Sem 1 Major Assignment 3
USQ has a licence for Turnitin software. This online software enables students to check their assignment prior to submission. I encourage all students to use this facility to avoid allegations of academic misconduct from unintentional plagiarism from internet sources.
Referencing requirements for assignment 3
References are required and the Harvard AGPS standard of referencing must be used. Plagiarism, collusion and cheating will be severely penalised.
Ensure that your reports are fully referenced, including any reference to the text book. Your report should include in-text references and a List of References.
Another useful link on referencing is from USQ’s Library site:
Do not repeat verbatim large slabs of information from other sources such as the text – you must put the ideas/information in your own words.
Prepare a journal that records your activities and progress related to completing this assignment.
In date order, clearly list the following:
? Date of research activity/discussion
? Web sites visited to collect information; other references accessed
? Time duration of the activity
If you are working in a team, clearly state the activities of each team member.
Submit this journal as an appendix to activity B. Any references to web pages and online documents, such as white papers, should be listed at the end of the journal.
Report structure & presentation (5%) and introduction (5%)
Your report should include a letter of transmittal, executive summary and introduction to the report. State the name(s) of student(s).
Part 1. Importance of ITSM at Vodafone Ireland 15%
Explain why is it important for Vodafone Ireland to have effective processes in place to manage IT services.
Part 2. Service Strategy 20%
Many organisations manage their IT services at an operational level without a clear strategic focus. Consider the processes comprising the ITIL service strategy phase. Which of these processes have been implemented at Vodafone Ireland? Do you consider that Vodafone Ireland could make improvements to its IT service strategy processes?
Part 3. Service Design 20%
Gaffney refers to the Service Model. Consider the ITIL service design phase and discuss how the service design processes could contribute to the service model. Based on the case, which of the service design processes are of the highest priority for Vodafone? Justify your selection.
Part 4. ISO/IEC 20000 Certification 15%
Vodafone Ireland is now considering ISO/IEC 20000 certification. Mr Gaffney has asked you to advise on the decision. Provide a brief of why Vodafone Ireland should or should not seek certification for ISO/IEC20000. Identify the benefits and drawbacks of certification.
Part 5. Conclusions and Recommendations to the Head IT Operations 10%
Provide a summary of your findings and make recommendations to the Head IT Operations.
Case study
Note that there are two documents to read for this assignment.
Vendors such as HP use publish case studies to promote their products.
Vodafone Ireland implements world-class service excellence with HP BSM
Source: retrieved 11/02/2015
Case Study: Vodafone Ireland IT Group Sees Huge ROI
Source: retrieved 11/02/2015
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