An IT maintenance request requires analysis of all incidents and problems generated in the entity’s production environment. However, assigned IT service support personnel should make problem evaluation their final step prior to correction. Sequentially, within the evaluation process, an entity’s major problem management tasks should include: resolving problem causes, investigating and diagnosing the root cause of the problem, identifying and recording known circumstances, assessing known circumstances, recording the known circumstances’ resolution and requesting appropriate changes.
IT service support management has a proactive role in identifying application or infrastructure weaknesses and ‘areas of concern’ within the entity’s deployed IT architecture. Once adverse trends are recognized, service problems should be highlighted and corrective action initiated. For instance, a known circumstance can be forwarded to service support change management personnel or used for employee education and training.