Extend the Service Desk to the Enterprise

Position IT as an innovator.


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Your Challenge

  • CIOs and service managers struggle to guide non-IT service providers as they strive to emulate and replicate the quality service management processes at which IT excels.
  • The IT service desk is the exemplar of quality service management. Non-IT functions in the enterprise are examining these practices with an eye to replicating them. Meanwhile, service desk solution providers are producing applications designed with non-IT users in mind.
  • Extending service management to other business functions is a great opportunity to position IT as a strategic innovator.
  • The challenge is that non-IT functions are not familiar with the principles of service management.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Extending the service desk will cut costs and improve customer service. The cost savings come from economies of scope – advantages that result when distinct products or services are produced with similar processes.
  • Focus on the business functions that are ready to join the initiative to garner organizational support.

Impact and Result

  • CIOs can champion enterprise service management to garner support for the initiative among management and peers.
  • Service managers need a project plan to guide non-IT business functions as they define a business service catalog, build user-facing processes and workflows, and extend the service desk to the enterprise.

Extend the Service Desk to the Enterprise

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out how extending the service desk to the enterprise could help your organization achieve business goals, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and discover the four ways we can support you in completing this project.


Build the service desk

Define service desk target state and coach support teams.

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Module 1: Define the Scope of the Project

The Purpose

  • Review the results of diagnostic survey.
  • Identify a prioritized list of non-IT services.
  • Share the initial case with project stakeholders. 

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Inform current state assessment with relevant data.
  • Identify potential non-IT services for inclusion in the service portfolio.
  • Garner support for the project. 



Review the results of your diagnostic to inform your current state assessment.

  • Put in place key metrics to get a baseline and measure service management performance.


Conduct a discovery meeting to brainstorm potential services for inclusion in the service portfolio.

  • Position the project as an opportunity to streamline internal service support.


Make the case to garner support for the project.

  • Evaluate the current state of service management in IT to assess project readiness.

Module 2: Design the Service

The Purpose

  • Develop a service design process.
  • Build the service description and define self-help options.
  • Generate the details concerning service cost and delivery. 

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Plan a structured approach to identify a service manager for non-IT services and assemble the service design team.
  • Coordinate initial service design activities and build relevant workflows.
  • Determine how the organization will support and deliver the service.



Initiate the service design process to identify a service manager and assemble the service design team.

  • A clearly-defined, high-level service definition that outlines key requirements.


Coordinate service design activities.

  • A coordination plan for service design activities.


Build service request workflows for each new service request associated with the new service.

  • A service design package that includes the essential elements to describe and support the service.


Create a matrix to establish decision rights for non-IT service desk interactions.

  • Information on how the organization will support the service.


Build incident and escalation workflows to define how the organization will restore service.

  • The technical details concerning how the organization will restore the service after interruptions.

Module 3: Build the Service Desk

The Purpose

  • Develop service desk solution requirements for the extended service desk.
  • Build a service desk roadmap and communication plan. 

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Determine whether the current ITSM solution can support an extended service desk.
  • Ensure project momentum. 



Review the Service Definition Checklist to assess the impact of the extension on the service desk mandate.

  • Define the mandate and architecture of the extended service desk.


Build a requirements document and demo script for an ITSM solution that is efficiently extensible to the enterprise.

  • Determine whether your ITSM solution can support an extended service desk.


Create the communication plan to identify when and where communication must take place.

  • Identify documentation and training to provide service desk agents with the support they need.


Review the executive presentation to discuss next steps.

  • Build a service desk roadmap and a communication plan to ensure project momentum.