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About dick1stark

I am the President, CEO, and founder of RightStar Systems, a leading ITSM and DevOps consultancy and BMC Software Gold Solution Provider and Atlassian Platinum Partner. My passion is customer success—whether it’s reducing the cost of service management, improving overall efficiency, or increasing end-user or employee satisfaction. Since founding RightStar in 2003, RightStar has made the INC 5000 list four times. In 2011, RightStar was awarded the prestigious National Capital Business Ethics Award (NCBEA) by the Society of Financial Service Professionals based upon RightStar’s foundation of honesty, ethics, and integrity. And in 2014, RightStar was selected by Forrester Research as one of 13 North American companies profiled in its ITSM Consultancy Wave Report. Finally, in 2019, BMC selected RightStar as its DSM North American Partner of the Year for its sales and partnership excellence. Dick is a graduate of Stanford University and a Project Management Professional (PMP).

RightStar, Powered Now by XTIVIA

On November 20, we announced that RightStar was acquired by XTIVIA, a company like RightStar except bigger. I’ll stay on for a minimum of three years running XTIVIA’s RightStar business unit. Not much is changing. RightStar will remain as a … Continue reading

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The Delicate Art of Bureaucracy

I’ve just started Mark Schwartz’s newly published book, “The Delicate Art of Bureaucracy, Digital Transformation with the Monkey, the Razor, and the Sumo Wrestler,” and like his 2017 book, “A Seat at the Table,” it is an excellent read. Mark … Continue reading

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Report from BMC’s Virtual Exchange

By Dick Stark Instead of multiple regional live events, BMC’s Exchange was held as a virtual conference last Tuesday/Wednesday to an excellent turnout. The good news–BMC continues to lead the industry in key areas such as innovation and user experience. … Continue reading

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Introduction to BMC Helix Monitor

By Dick Stark Last Wednesday, RightStar presented a webinar, “Introduction to BMC Helix Monitor,” led by BMC’s Mike Bell.  Mike discussed BMC’s new SaaS based solution that combines broad monitoring and event management capabilities with a containerized microservices architecture.  What’s … Continue reading

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BMC Helix Cloud Migrations

By Dick Stark Several weeks ago, BMC’s Joel Jacks presented a Helix cloud migration partner webinar. Joel discussed how current Remedy customers can efficiently migrate from their current Helix on-prem version into the cloud. This is a major focus for … Continue reading

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Upstream

By Dick Stark I took a few days off last week to visit family and started Dan Heath’s latest book, Upstream,I’m a Chip and Dan Heath fan, having previously read Switch (how to change things when change is hard) and Made to Stick (about … Continue reading

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Getting Agile to Scale in the Public Sector

By Dick Stark A coworker just forwarded me an article, “Getting to Agile at Scale in the Public Sector.” Written by six Directors/Partners from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the article focused on the drivers and progress Agile has made … Continue reading

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Report from the ATARC Virtual Summit

By Dick Stark Last Thursday RightStar exhibited at the ATARC virtual summit: “The Role of Emerging Technology in the Federal Emergency Response.” We offered a free Agility Assessment from Agility Health, information about Jira Align, and new content around project … Continue reading

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Agile Conversations

By Dick Stark Just out is “Agile Conversations,” by Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick, a book that “brings a practical, step-by-step guide to using the human power of conversation to build effective, high-performing teams to achieve truly Agile results.” As … Continue reading

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How to Manage Your IT Assets with Jira Service Desk

By Dick Stark On Thursday, May 20, RightStar presented, a webinar, “How to Manage Your IT Assets with Jira Service Desk.” In that session we described how to manage assets and Configuration Items (CIs) using a Configuration Management Database (CMDB). … Continue reading

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