IT Infrastructure Library® (ITIL) is the most widely adopted framework for IT Service Management in the world. It is a practical approach to identifying, planning, delivering and supporting IT services to the business. It describes how IT resources should be organized to deliver business value, documenting the processes, functions and roles of IT Service Management (ITSM).
ITIL principles are used by a number of organizations in both the public and private sectors such as NASA, IBM, HP, British Telecom, HSBC bank and L'Oreal.
ITIL is created and owned by the Cabinet Office. ITIL best practices are explained in the five core guidance publications outlining the fundamental ITIL principles that focus on various areas within the service management discipline.
ITIL best practices also underpin the foundations of ISO/IEC 20000 (previously BS15000), the International Service Management Standard for organizational certification and compliance.
About ITIL Qualifications
The following certifications are available under the ITIL Qualifications scheme:
- ITIL Foundation (known as ITIL v3 and ITIL 2011 edition)
- The ITIL Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management is the entry level examination for the scheme. There are no pre-requites for this examination.
- ITIL Intermediate Level
- The ITIL Intermediate level is the core of the scheme. To take an examination at this level, candidates must hold the ITIL Foundation qualification and must complete an accredited training course.
- The following examinations are available at the intermediate level:
- Service Lifecycle: management focused examinations
- Service Strategy
- Service Design
- Service Transition
- Service Operation
- Continual Service Improvement
- Service Capability: process focused examinations
- Planning Protection and Optimization
- Release Control and Validation
- Operational Support and Analysis
- Service Offerings and Agreements
- Service Lifecycle: management focused examinations
- ITIL Managing Across the Lifecycle (MALC)
- It is the capstone examination for the scheme. Candidates who have earned at least 17 credits from both Foundation and Intermediate modules of ITIL Certifications are eligible to take this course and examination, and will be eligible for the ITIL Expert level award following successful completion.
- For full information on the qualifications available under the scheme please see:
Benefits of ITILThe Benefits of ITIL:
- Provides a single documented framework for IT best practices that flow across the IT organization.
- Reduces IT costs and justifies the cost of IT quality and supports improvement of user productivity.
- Supports ability of IT to measure and improve internal performance and service provisioning.
- Improves communication and information flow between IT and the organization and business departments and identifies roles and responsibilities for IT Service Management.
- Improves ability of IT to adjust as business opportunities and challenges are presented.
- Improves relationship of IT with the business - builds trust.
- An Introduction to IT Service Management
- Lifecycles and Strategies
- Service Design - Principles, Processes and Roles
- Evening work & Revision
- Review of evening work and day 1
- Service Transition - Principles, Processes and Roles
- Service Operation - Principles, Processes, Roles and Functions
- Evening work, Revision & Mock Exam
- Review of evening work and day 2
- Interfaces and Continual Service Improvement
- Technology and Architecture
- Certification scheme
- Mock Exam and review
Candidates can expect to gain competencies in the following upon successful completion of the education and examination components related to this certification:
- Service management as a practice – the concept of good practice, the concept of a service, the concept of service management, define roles, processes and functions
- The Service Lifecycle – The service lifecycle and its key concepts, the business value of the phases of the lifecycle
- Key Concepts and Definitions – Key terminology of service management, key principles and models
- Service Strategy – The four main activities of service strategy, the main goals and objectives of service strategy, basic overview of value creation through services, overview of the five service strategy processes
- Service Design – The importance of people, processes, products and partners, the five major aspects of service design, different sourcing approaches and options, overview of the seven service design processes
- Service Transition – The service V model, overview of the five service transition processes
- Service Operation – IT service versus technology components, quality of service versus costs of service, reactive versus proactive, overview of the five key service operation processes
- Continual Service Improvement – Objectives of continual service improvement, the seven step improvement process
- Functions – The service desk, technical management, application management, IT operations management
- Roles – The role of the process owner, the role of a service owner, the role of the RACI model in determining organisational structure
- Technology and Architecture – Requirements for an integrated set of service management technology, how service automation assists with integrated processes