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Develop Meaningful Service Metrics

Reinforce service orientation in your IT organization by ensuring your IT metrics generate value-driven resource behavior.

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  • Joe Evers, Joe Evers Consulting
  • Glen Notman, Associate Partner, Citihub
  • David Parker, Client Program Manager, eHealth Ontario
  • Marianne Doran Collins, CIO, The CIO-Suite, LLC
  • Chris Kalbfleisch, Manager, Service Management, eHealth Ontario
  • Joshua Klingenberg, BHP Billiton Canada Inc.

Your Challenge

  • IT organizations measure services from a technology perspective but rarely from a business goal or outcome perspective.
  • Most organizations do a poor job of identifying and measuring service outcomes over the duration of a service’s lifecycle – never ensuring the services remain valuable and meet expected long-term ROI.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Service metrics are critical to ensuring alignment of IT service performance and business service value achievement.
  • Service metrics reinforce positive business and end-user relationships by providing user-centric information that drives responsiveness and consistent service improvement.
  • Poorly designed metrics drive unintended and unproductive behaviors that have negative impacts on IT and produce negative service outcomes.

Impact and Result

Effective service metrics will provide the following service gains:

  • Confirm service performance and identify gaps.
  • Drive service improvement to maximize service value.
  • Validate performance improvements while quantifying and demonstrating business value.
  • Ensure service reporting aligns with end-user experience.
  • Achieve and confirm process and regulatory compliance.

Which will translate into the following relationship gains:

  • Embed IT into business value achievement.
  • Improve the relationship between the business and IT.
  • Achieve higher customer satisfaction (happier end users receiving expected service, the business is able to identify how things are really performing).
  • Reinforce desirable actions and behaviors from both IT and the business.

Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should develop meaningful service metrics, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

1. Design the metrics

Identify the appropriate service metrics based on stakeholder needs.

2. Design reports and dashboards

Present the right metrics in the most interesting and stakeholder-centric way possible.

3. Implement, track, and maintain

Run a pilot with a smaller sample of defined service metrics, then continuously validate your approach and make refinements to the processes.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is a six call advisory process.

Guided Implementation #1 - Design the metrics

Call #1 - Design metrics based on business needs
Call #2 - Validate the metrics

Guided Implementation #2 - Design reports and dashboards

Call #1 - Select presentation format
Call #2 - Review metrics presentation design

Guided Implementation #3 - Implement, track, and maintain metrics

Call #1 - Select and implement pilot metrics
Call #2 - Determine rollout process and establish maintenance/tracking mechanism

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Performance Measurement

Measure IT right and measure it well.
This course makes up part of the Strategy & Governance Certificate.

Course information:

  • Title: Performance Measurement
  • Number of Course Modules: 4
  • Estimated Time to Complete: 1.5-2 hours
  • Featured Analysts:
  • Gord Harrison, Senior Vice President, Research
  • Valence Howden, Principal Research Director, CIO Practice
  • Now Playing: Academy: Performance Measurement | Executive Brief

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Module 1: Design the Metrics

The Purpose

  • Define stakeholder needs for IT based on their success criteria and identify IT services that are tied to the delivery of business outcomes.
  • Derive meaningful service metrics based on identified IT services and validate that metrics can be collected and measured.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Design meaningful service metrics from stakeholder needs.
  • Validate that metrics can be collected and measured.




Determine stakeholder needs, goals, and pain points.

  • Understand stakeholder priorities

Determine the success criteria and related IT services.

  • Adopt a business-centric perspective to align IT and business views

Derive the service metrics.

  • Derive meaningful business metrics that are relevant to the stakeholders

Validate the data collection process.

  • Determine if and how the identified metrics can be collected and measured

Validate metrics with stakeholders.

  • Establish a feedback mechanism to have business stakeholders validate the meaningfulness of the metrics

Module 2: Design Reports and Dashboards

The Purpose

  • Determine the most appropriate presentation format based on stakeholder needs.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Ensure the metrics are presented in the most interesting and stakeholder-centric way possible to guarantee that they are read and used.




Understand the different presentation options.

  • Learn about infographic, scorecard, formal report, and dashboard presentation options

Assess stakeholder needs for information.

  • Determine how stakeholders would like to view information and how the metrics can be presented to aid decision making

Select and design the metric report.

  • Select the most appropriate presentation format and create a rough draft of how the report should look

Module 3: Implement, Track, and Maintain Your Metrics

The Purpose

  • Run a pilot with a smaller sample of defined service metrics to validate your approach.
  • Make refinements to the implementation and maintenance processes prior to activating all service metrics.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • High user acceptance and usability of the metrics.
  • Processes of identifying and presenting metrics are continuously validated and improved.




Select the pilot metrics.

  • Select the metrics that should be first implemented based on urgency and impact
  • Complete the service intake form for a specific initiative

Gather data and set initial targets.

  • Create a process to gather data, measure baselines, and set initial targets

Generate the reports and validate with stakeholders.

  • Establish a process to receive feedback from the business stakeholders once the report is generated

Implement the service metrics program.

  • Identify the approach to implement the metrics program across the organization

Track and maintain the metrics program.

  • Set up mechanism to ensure the success of the metrics program by assessing process adherence and process validity

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