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Gerry Sweeney

Gerry Sweeney
Our CEO, Gerry Sweeney, founded Hornbill in 1995 and launched our very first product Supportworks, a Helpdesk tool used by IT teams. Gerry is an industry beacon for innovation, ensuring the Hornbill platform has the fastest release cycles to deliver the market with the latest in workflow automation, service management and collaboration.
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Remote Working Part 3: – Key management practices that must change

In Part 2, I tabled the idea that a transition to remote working will be difficult for many organizations, because I think it’s very important to recognize and deal with the challenges instead of just focusing on the many positives of remote...


Remote Working Part 2: – The “New Normal” is unlikely to happen for most organizations!

In Part 1, I introduced the idea that Remote Working seems simple, and this could be the new normal for many organizations who have a workforce made up of knowledge workers.  When the lockdown for COVID-19 kicked in, all businesses had to adapt and...


Remote Working Part 1: Is working from home really this simple?

On March 23rd 2020, I put out a general company communication that *all* staff should work from home with immediate effect, and until further notice – a communication I never envisaged I would ever put out at Hornbill.


Coronavirus – Remote working and Collaboration

Whilst people argue whether government responses to delay the spread of COVID-19 have been adequate, any measures that are being implemented now, will undoubtedly be escalated during the coming weeks, as countries try to flatten the peak of...


We are getting ready for INSIGHTS 19

I am excited to tell you that we have been busy at Hornbill, planning and organizing our next annual conference, INSIGHTS 19. This event is the highlight of our year at Hornbill, as we create it for our community. It brings our customers, prospects,...


Be the change you so desperately seek!

I love the idea of this quote, attributed to the wise man Mahatma Gandhi this simple quote is profound because it strikes right at the heart of human behavior.   In every part of our lives, there is change, and most of it is outside of our control;...


Why do people struggle to follow processes?

Many a great manager has asked themselves the time-honored question; How do you make people follow procedures and not miss things?  Having more or less documented the processes, and having put them into your knowledge base tool, and having created...


SPOTLIGHT: Waltham Forest Council - Unified Enterprise Service Management

Waltham Forest Council have been a long-standing Hornbill customer with an on-premise Supportworks deployment. Although the heavily customised solution worked for IT, the team needed to expand their service delivery beyond IT into HR and a number of...


Working at 37,000 feet with Hornbill

I was flying to Orlando today heading over to Fusion 2017 and it turns out that Virgin Atlantic now have Wifi on board.  The last time I used Wifi on a plane was on a domestic flight in the US where the technology was based on ground-to-air...


Exactly Why do ITSM Vendors Lead with ITIL?

I was inspired to write this article on the back of a question asked on the Back2ITSM community by William Goddard which was... When an ITSM vendor leads with ITIL process, how does that make you feel? I think the answer to the question is obvious,...