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Service Mapping Role Framework

What roles are involved in a Service Mapping project? A Service Mapping project is an exercise of organizational coordination more than anything. Check out the Einar & Partners one-pager which clearly describes all the involved roles and how they interact with each other.

Service Mapping Process Owner

Typically a Service Mapping process owner is involved who has the function of being responsible for the business value that service mapping generates. The service mapping process owner, contrary to popular belief, does not need to be a highly technical person but rather acting as an ambassador. This ambassador should be able to articulate good governance around services, explaining the business function of service mapping and provide it as a service to the wider organization. The process owner works tightly together with a service mapping specialist.

The expectation on the service mapping process owner is to:

  • Develop Service Mapping as a business function which is offered to the organization
  • Increase the level of service awareness within the business
  • Determine when external consultants should be brought in vs internal competences
  • Develop and maintain governance models around Service Mapping
  • Teach and help service managers and staff to use service maps
  • Integrate service mapping in other processes, such as change and incidents

Service Mapping Specialist

The Service Mapping Specialist is often in the beginning an external consultant who knows the product deeply. At some point in time, internal capabilities of how to work with Service Mapping, build patterns and create topologies must be developed. This person should typically have in-depth technical skills in IT infrastructure and the ServiceNow platform. The expectation on the mapping specialist is to:

  • Map services together with service owners / managers
  • Build and edit patterns
  • Assess when patterns make sense to build vs manually
  • Troubleshoot and fix errors in maps

Service Owners / Service Managers

The service owners (or service managers) are typically the responsible person for an application service. In large organizations, a distinction is often made between the business contact and technical contact. But most of the time, the responsible person for an application service tend to have a level of technical knowledge around the components and topologies of the environment (dev, prod, qa). The service owner assist with:

  • Validating service maps and topologies
  • Providing technical expertise around the configuration of components
  • Provide architecture guidance (if possible) such as blueprints or visio diagrams of the service
  • Is responsible for ensuring that the map is correct and the critical components are visible
  • Works closely with the mapping specialist

Technical Architects & SME’s

The technical architects and SME’s are sometimes requested by the service owners/managers to help with questions. The questions could be regarding specific configurations, design decisions or technical guidance for the mapping specialist. When mapping a larger service, it’s not unusual to have multiple SME’s assisting the mapping specialist during the process to ensure validity and correct topologies.

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Alexander is the Managing Director of Einar & Partners. Highly passionate about the cultural and organizational components in ITOM transformations.