ITIL®– IT Infrastructure Library® & IT Service Management
ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) is a best practice methodology for managing IT as a service. Developed by the UK’s Cabinet Office (previously the Office for Government Commerce, or OGC), ITIL is the most widely used approach for IT Service Management in the world and is used by companies including Disney, NASA, HSBC and HP.
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Organizations cannot achieve certification against ITIL, however it is widely used as a method of preparation for achieving ISO20000 certification.
Individuals can achieve ITIL certification and you can read about ITIL qualifications below.
ITIL provides a clear framework for the identification, planning, delivery and support of IT services to an organisation. ITIL’s core principle is that IT services must be aligned with the requirements of the business and underpin all processes within the business. IT services should be a business driver, facilitating change, growth and meeting business goals. There are five core titles in the ITIL publication suite which cover:
ITIL is constantly reviewed to ensure that it is in line with the latest developments in IT Service Management. The most recent update to ITIL was in July 2011, where the guidance, language and concepts have been explained more clearly, making the ITIL 2011 publications easier to read, understand and implement. The core concepts from the ITIL 2007 editions have remained the same.
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The most useful ITIL resources are the ITIL books themselves. However there are several titles which will help you understand ITIL and act as useful guides:
ITIL certification for individuals and practitioners is supported by a structure of examination and certification.
There are currently four levels of ITIL certification, which are:
At IT Governance we offer a range of resources for passing your ITIL exams:
ITIL Foundation eClass - This online e-learning course is accredited by the OGC and will help you pass your Foundation Exam.
Passing Your ITIL Intermediate Exams - This book offers details about the Intermediate exams, how to prepare and how to achieve the target competencies needed in order to pass the exams.
ITIL Key Element Guide Suite - Each one of these pocket guides supports a particular one of the core ITIL titles, providing a handy quick reference no-nonsense guide to the key information.
There is a practical relationship between the various books and guides to ITIL , IT Service Management, and ISO/IEC 20000, as shown below:
Although they are integrated, ITIL and the ISO 20000 series serve different purposes. Primarily, the ISO 20000 series is to provide an independent best practice standard that is suitable for independent third-party certification audits.
The purpose of ITIL is to provide advice on best practices in IT service management. It includes options that may be adopted and adapted by organizations according to business need, local circumstances and the maturity of the service provider. ISO 20000 sets the standards that service management processes should aim for. Here is an official guidance paper, by Jenny Dugmore and Sharon Taylor, on the relationship between ITIL and ISO/IEC 20000.
ISO/IEC 20000 is the IT Service Management Standard. You can order the standard (ISO20000) itself, as well as the Achieving ISO20000 Series of Guides to implementation. In fact, we have a comprehensive ISO20000 Bookshop!
If you are considering adopting ITIL or ISO20000 within your organization we also offer the ITSM, ITIL® & ISO/IEC 20000 Implementation Toolkit. This toolkit is completely up to date with the latest versions of ITIL and ISO2000 and makes implementation easily achievable. Read more here.
Service Level Agreements (or SLAs) are at the heart of ITIL and are used to describe agreed levels of service between a service provider and a customer - and are applicable both inside and outside an organization.
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