Like many IT professionals, Liz’s entry into the tech industry was unconventional. With plans to pursue a career in public relations, Liz’s career quickly took a turn toward technology. She got her start working as a customer success manager with a research platform for the financial industry prior to joining Samanage, now SolarWinds Service Desk. Prior to becoming a SolarWinds Head Geek, Liz served as the technical point of contact for SolarWinds Service Desk customers. In this role, she combined the best of both worlds: her passion for communicating with prospective and existing customers while leaning on her multiple ITIL certifications to provide ITSM best practices to help alleviate pain points, work smarter, and streamline service desk operations. Liz is a formally trained public speaker and is actively involved in the service management community, participating in and hosting podcasts, webcasts, panel discussions, and speaking at large-scale industry events. She attended James Madison University where she earned a B.A. in Communication Studies. She’s ITIL 4 certified and has never met a dog she didn’t want to adopt.

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Is This Real Life? An Unconventional Path to Head Geek

July 20, 2020

My Leslie Knope Moment Long-time listener, first time caller Liz Beavers here… Head Geek? It’s like when Leslie Knope won the election for Pawnee City Council. I’m pinching myself. Throughout my professional and personal life, I’ve always been driven by people and relationships. The …


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A Successful ITSM Implementation Starts With 4 Checkboxes

July 16, 2020

You’ve been contemplating adopting a new ITSM solution for some time. The current one handles the bare minimum—it helps your team churn through a ticket queue—but you know there are other solutions capable of more. So what’s standing in your way? Implementing that new …




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5 Tips to Maximize Your CMDB in Service Delivery

March 12, 2020

IT is evolving from the daunting task of tracking inventory in spreadsheets to building a configuration management database (CMDB) into their service desk. The CMDB offers a host of benefits that set organizations up for long-term success, including promoting visibility into the organization’s IT …


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How To Get Started With IT Change Management

February 6, 2020

Change doesn’t come easy for most. That is also true in the world of IT. While change management can be intimidating, it can produce valuable benefits to the organization when there’s a solid foundation for changes in place. Generally, changes fall into two buckets: …


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4 Key Integrations to Consider for Your Service Desk

November 27, 2019

One of the greatest challenges for IT departments in the age of digital transformation is consolidating data and creating opportunities for different systems to work together toward common goals. Technology integrations are a key piece of streamlining processes, and that’s especially true in the …


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Taking a Leap to the Cloud: Benefits to the Business and ITSM

November 21, 2019

According to CIO, 96% of organizations were using the cloud in 2018. That’s a convincing number, which makes it surprising to hear resistance to the cloud from some of today’s business leaders. Common concerns may include data breaches, data loss, and faulty disaster recovery …



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Defining Employee Engagement: The ITSM Way

October 14, 2019

You’re likely to receive a different definition of employee engagement depending on who you ask, but understanding how to apply it as an IT professional is critical. Essentially, it boils down to making sure employees have what they need, how they need it—with the …