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Jak Osman, 1st Line Service Desk Analyst, Pinnacle Group – Service Desk Analyst Course – April 2017

Briefly describe your experience

The course was a fantastic experience – a great opportunity to meet technicians from all over, with a wide range of different experiences that I can bring back to my own office, alongside the important standards taught by the course. 

Did you get what you wanted out of this course?

Most certainly. I took on the SDI: SDA course with the high hopes of walking away with a new, recognised qualification, and that’s exactly what I got. 

What were the benefits of doing a public course?

The main benefit was the presence of other people – I met people from all walks of life, and from a wide range of different IT environments, who all brought their own tales and expertise to the table, overall giving all of us a much better experience. 

How does / will this service desk training benefit you?

I’m in the process of climbing the ladder in the IT service desk, so this will definitely benefit me in the coming future. 


Thomas Plant, Service Desk Team Leader, University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Trust – Service Desk Manager Course – September 2017 Image result for University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Trust

Briefly describe your experience

I found my experience very enjoyable and informative. Not only was it good for the things I was taught and learnt, it was also good for networking and hearing other people’s perspectives on the same thing.

Did you get what you wanted out of this course?

I did get what I wanted, I saw the Service Desk from a different angle and managed to see things I was currently doing that I could do better and things I wasn’t currently doing that I should be doing.

What were the benefits of doing a public course?

As previously mentioned, the main benefits of doing a public course was networking with others in the same industry and hearing their  problems that they go through.

How does / will this service desk training benefit you?

It will help me to be the best leader I can. I believe I have a very talented pool of individuals on my Service Desk and with correct leadership I think we can provide a great service to our customers.


Michael Bowditch, Service Desk Manager, UK Shared Business Services Ltd – Service Desk Manager Course – April 2017 UK Shared Business Services Logo

Briefly describe your experience

I really enjoyed the course and learnt a great deal from it. The trainer (Carla Thornley) was excellent and she taught me a lot and made it all make sense by using examples from her working life to help me.

I am new to service desk management and she has helped me grow a lot in the role and I will be forever grateful. I could not praise her enough and I hope she gets this passed on to her!

Did you get what you wanted out of this course?

When being booked on the course I was unsure what I would get out of it but I gained a lot more than I could have imagined. I don’t think there is anything else that could have made the course any better and I would like to thank everyone involved for the help they have given me. 

In the future I would like to get the whole team on the analyst course. 

What were the benefits of doing a public course?

The fact that there was a few other like-minded people on the course really helped and we gelled very well and shared our experiences. We had a small group of 4 which possibly helped with the learning.

How does / will this service desk training benefit you?

I have started using the new skills on the desk and it’s really improving things and the way I deal with problems. It has taught me how to get the team working better and to be able to monitor workloads in many different ways to improve our service.


Kiran Sehemby, Senior Support Desk Analyst, ESOS Ltd – Senior Analyst to Team Leader Workshop – May 2017 Esos Logo

Briefly describe your experience

It was very useful meeting other service desks and listening to their experiences. The trainer, Susan Storey, was great, so helpful and I got a clear understanding of ideas and how we should implement things for the team.

Susan was happy to answer any queries and gave great responses. The team building exercises were brilliant, as we will be implementing them into our Support Desk.

Did you get what you wanted out of this course?

100% – it was a very useful course.

What were the benefits of doing a public course?

Meeting other Support Desks and discussing ideas, going through how to improve the team.

How does / will this service desk training benefit you?

We are currently taking part in the SDI accreditation and I was able to go back and provide new ideas to my Manager for the Team.


Susan was a great teacher. Insightful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic! 

Haaris Mohammed, Principle Technical Support Analyst, LSBU


Susan was very knowledgeable in all aspects of the course and presented it very well.

Chris Mills, Senior Team Lead, Veolia


A wonderfully passionate & enthusiastic presentation, personality and execution of the course. I will implement much of what I’ve learnt and use it to encourage my team.

Stephen Alexander, Service Desk Analyst, Audatex


I enjoyed Susan’s delivery, it made the course very enjoyable.

John Mackey, IT Service Delivery Analyst, Aggreko (UK) Ltd)


I was pleasantly surprised as to how well the training course was whilst at the SDI training centre. The trainer Sue Storey was fantastic and definitely kept us engaged throughout the training course. The quality of the information delivered out to us was very informational, direct and straight to the point with good explanations. I would not hesitate in coming back for further training course if the opportunity was to arise.

I came to the course with an open mind and thought to myself I would pick up as much information as possible. The course was very informative and actually did deliver on the promises beforehand. It gave a good insight into what management is and what the inner workings would be.’

It is definitely a lot more engaging doing a public course. We were also able to come away with different ideas from different people in very different industries and organisations. This has benefited me because we are in the process off attempting to implement SDI methodologies, hopefully with a strong ITIL framework for us to run our service desk/support centre.

Rahul Chauhan, Service Desk Team Leader, Next 


The course is informative, interesting and fun. The trainer, in this case was full of real life experience which brought the subject matter to life.

I learned tons of theory, which I have been putting into practice. I have found the handbook issued during the course an invaluable reference guide and find myself reaching for it often. Not only that I’ve got a shiny badge (I passed!!!) to wear on my lapel now, I do love a bit of bling. For me it’s really important to meet peers form other organisations, to swap ideas and experiences, so attending a public course is vital to keeping ideas fresh back at “the Ranch”

I’ve already put some of the ideas into practice that I picked up from the course, (the Comms Plan) and as a Manager you tend to spend so much time thinking about developing other, that you tend to forget about your own needs. As soon as I got back I engaged with a member of senior Management to ask if they would be my “career Coach”. Happily they agreed and I’m having regular meetings to looking into how to develop my own talents and skills. 

I’d just like to leave some feedback about Ken Goff. Ken made the whole course come alive with his life and business experience. He is a natural orator and entertainer. He is engaging and informative, and what he has forgotten about ITSM is really not worth knowing, in terms of delivering the content he was brilliant. I still think about the stories of “The Pru”, when thinking about particular issues in my own organisation. It’s a bit “WWKD” (What would Ken do?)

Louise Potts, Service Desk Team Leader, Babcock International Group


I am a Service Desk team leader and have worked on the Service Desk for seven years. The course gave me good practical knowledge on Service Desk Management as well a qualification upon successful completion of the exam taken. Working with other like-minded colleagues from similar and different environments was brilliant. It was great hearing their stories of how things run in their organisations. We can all learn from each other and I certainly took away ideas to implement back where I work. 

The course increased my knowledge of the Service Desk, Function and operations, Leadership and management techniques, Networking, increased confidence in Service Desk team leadership and management and Strategic planning.’

Craig Robson, Incident & Change Manager, University of Portsmouth


‘Our operations is different from a regular call-center and part of the training was not applicable to our workflows. Still, the goal was to expand the overall view of the support service and this was achieved. In-house training to 10+ people is economically reasonable for us. This is the reason we chose that option. The feedback from my team was very positive and even if the training was intense they really enjoyed it. Therefore, a big “Thank you!” to Lynne Nash. 

Hopefully the mindset of the people who participated in the training will change and they will bring new ideas and improvements to the overall support process. The customer satisfaction should grow with that and our quality improves.

Teet Saar, Tech Support Manager, Playtech


Jo Johns was a fantastic tutor and very knowledgeable about all things SDI, it opened my eyes and I made some great contacts from other professionals like myself.

Daniel Liot, Assistant Manager, Standard Bank Offshore


Just spent a very valuable two days at SDI in Orpington, Kent on the Senior Analyst to Team Leader course. I would like to thank our trainer Sally for her energy, enthusiasm and wisdom and all the other people on the course. Everyone shared great insights and I would highly recommend this course.

Lee Stewart, Senior Service Analyst, Babcock International Group


It was great to receive the good news (provisionally), but the biggest thing  I take from this is the benchmark of where we are and how we can proceed further. Your helpful suggestions for how we can progress have all been noted and I spent the weekend looking at these ideas, and importantly, where I am delegating these. One striking thing that hit me over the weekend, 18 months ago I took on this role knowing very little about a Service Desk, let alone how a Service Desk should run, the past 18 months have been a very steep learning curve and a lot of hard work, but Friday made it all worthwhile. Hearing the positive comments about me from my Team was also nice to hear, especially in light of the volume of change we’ve went through. It hasn’t always been easy, but I am lucky to have a Team of good people.

Having spoken with Team Members on Friday afternoon, and more so this morning, it’s clear that as a Team we have gained more than just an audit outcome. One of the big-wins has been the recognition it gives us – it’s an easy job to do, but a hard job to do well!! It was especially noticeable that nobody came in this morning with a ‘Monday Morning’ look about them 🙂 (which is a look some still have on a Thursday….) Of course, now that I’m delegating, that probably won’t last 🙂 

Paul Turner, NHS Lothian


 

 

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