The Definitive Guide to IT Service Metrics

The Definitive Guide to IT Service Metrics

Buy this book and learn how IT service metrics can help you:

  • Ensure economical use of resources through greater understanding of current performance.
  • Identify areas for improvement and drive change within the organisation.
  • Save money with more efficient use of resources.
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IT service metrics: Manage them. Measure them. Make them work for you.

Measuring success is crucial, but how do we do it? How can we be sure that the IT services we offer are adding real value to our business? Used just as they are, the metrics in this book will bring many benefits to both the IT department and the business as a whole. Details of the attributes of each metric are given, enabling you to make the right choices for your business. The book encourages readers to design and create their own metrics to bring even more value to their business, and explains how to do this.

Based on ITIL® and other service management frameworks and standards

Up to date, based on the ITIL® framework, as well as COBIT®, PMI®, ISO/IEC 20000 and ISO/IEC 27000, The Definitive Guide to IT Service Metrics will show you:

  • How to integrate metrics into your business.
  • What to consider when gathering and reporting information.
  • How to maximise the use of metrics to ensure value for money from the system.
  • How to secure and protect your company's metrics.


  1. Introduction
  2. Using Metrics
  3. Service Strategy Metrics
  4. Service Design Metrics
  5. Service Transition Metrics
  6. Service Operation Metrics
  7. Additional Metrics

About the authors

Kurt McWhirter has more than 30 years' experience in IT strategic planning, operations management, and enterprise process design and implementation. He is certified as an ITIL Expert and ISO/IEC 20000 Consultant, and is an ITIL Trainer accredited with EXIN® and APMG® for all ITIL 2007/2011 courses.

Ted Gaughan has more than 25 years' experience in business/technical strategic development, programme/project management, and IT engineering and operations management. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®), Process Design Engineer (CPDE®), ITIL Expert, ISO/IEC 20000 Consultant and TIPA® Lead Assessor.

Thought Leadership Series

This book is part of a series of Thought Leadership titles, which can be bought together as a bundle. These books cover subject matters that are relevant to ITSM practitioners, written by highly experienced practitioners, up to date with industry best practices, and are published jointly by itSMF USA and IT Governance Publishing. Find out more >>

Learn how to design and create your own metrics to bring even more value to your business – buy this book today.

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1. George on 11/4/2014, said:

Working with the book helped me tremendously as I was putting together my CSI data for our business units. The book is very comprehensive and detailed but has thorough explanations so as not to be overwhelming. - George Nawara, Global Process Design Architect, Wolters Kluwer
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2. Roger on 11/4/2014, said:

If you are going to call your book The Definitive Guide to IT Service Metrics, this is how you do it. 304 pages, 192 metrics described, 29 areas addressed. This is the broadest range of measures of any ITSM metrics book I have seen. Kurt McWhirter and Ted Gaughan have delivered on the title of their book! - Roger Williams, itSMF USA Member
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