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Top 4 ITIL® Best Practices

ITIL® ie. Information Technology Infrastructure Library is basically a framework which has been designed to standardize the following IT services within a business:  SelectionPlanningDelivery andMaintenance.The goal of ITIL® is to increase efficiency and achieve standardised service delivery in an organisation. The ITIL® framework focuses on ensuring that IT administrators can evolve into roles such as business service partner and not just remain back-end support. This is where the guidelines and best practices of ITIL® come into play since they align the IT department to the needs and changes within a business as it grows and evolves.What are ITIL® best practices and their benefits?ITIL® is a collection of guidelines and best practices which aid in the IT Service Management (ITSM). ITIL® considers IT as a tool which can be used for business needs. The ultimate aim of introducing ITIL® is to reduce the gap between the business - which caters to the customer needs and the IT industry. AXELOS includes inputs from IT professionals as well as their business partners around the globe in their process of compiling a list of these practices.ITIL® V4’s primary aim, therefore, is also to integrate all the phases of service and focus less on individual processes. This is where ITIL® best practices come into the picture. They work to improve many things but most important of all, they focus on aligning business needs with IT perspective. This attribute alone of the ITIL® practices fetches huge benefits. Some of the benefits that ITIL® best practices offer are as follows:Higher customer satisfactionIncreased productivityChange managementMinimal disruption of serviceSecurity managementHelp desk managementITIL® V4 release and ITSM ITIL® has gone through several revisions in its history. The gap between the IT and business aspect of an IT Service Management organization has continued to be reduced with each subsequent releases. Along with the practices, technology is a major factor which drives the whole IT industry and that makes it necessary to be included under the releases as well. ITIL® V4, the latest version of ITIL®, focuses on integrating all the latest technological frameworks to help in IT Service Management. Some of the technological advancements which are included in the latest version are as follows:Agile FrameworkLEANDevOpsMost of the curriculum included in V3 will remain same but V4 has also introduced new examinable content. Understandably, technologies alone don’t contribute to the lifecycle of a service. There are many different entities that work on different levels and all these come together to provide smooth and successful service to the customer.What are the top ITIL® best practicesThere are lots of ITIL® best practices that can help your organization, but each practice is adapted to fulfill a specific requirement. ITIL® also offers flexibility in terms that an organization has the freedom to choose which process or practice it may want to implement. It is not essential that one must employ all the practices mentioned in the volume. We have compiled four top best practices which every organization, about IT Service Management, must use in their infrastructure.1. Control of Service Performance Data: This practice aims to hold the ITSM vendors responsible for the performance issue. It encourages the client to ask the vendors the following questions:Is the application working as per the performance bars set earlier?Are the ITSM vendors holding on to all the agreements?What is the financial situation?Naturally, the answers to all these questions lie with the Service delivery data. Clients need to ask the vendors for this performance data, otherwise, they can lose visibility of it.Either your ITSM vendor has manageable workload - so as to provide you with the performance analysis - or you already have a service management tool - which you can use to check on the performances of the services. Otherwise, you need to have control and ownership of the data.There should be an uncompromising agreement between the client and the ITSM vendor about making sure that this data is made available and accessible to the client at all times. The client then, using their resources, can always analyze the data and work with the vendor to improve the service. To summarize, the client needs to hold ITSM vendors responsible for any issue that may occur.2. Bridging ITSM vendor performance to business needs: One of the highlights of the latest release of ITIL® V4 is the ability of ITIL® to bring together IT and business for better customer satisfaction. However, the procurement office - which is responsible for acquiring services in an organization - does not have any expertise in the IT aspect of a service. It cannot measure the value of IT services provided to the business because they don’t know how IT services work in a business.So, the aim is to implement a proper ITSM Vendor Management meaning, maintaining a good relationship between ITSM vendors and the business. This only helps both the sides - the business can get what they want in service and evaluate the vendors based on their service, and IT vendors who can identify what the business is asking from them and help them fulfill the requirements.3. Assign a role to monitor ITSM vendor performance:It is essential for an ITSM vendor to be held accountable for their performance. Therefore, the best practice adopted across the industry is to assign a person this role, which is the ITSM Vendor Manager. As the name suggests, the sole responsibility of this role is to manage the ITSM vendors as to the service they provide, whether they are adhering to the conditions and requirements agreed upon initially, and much more. This role would require to interact with ITSM vendors on a daily basis and therefore it is recommended that such a job should be given to someone with experience in the following domains:Finance: To fulfill the fiduciary responsibility.Business + IT: To understand service aspects from both perspectives and participate, contribute to conversations between them, it is important to be experienced in this domain.IT Delivery and Management: To monitor the delivery of service, changes, deployment, etc.Besides all these, they should also be able to reach out to legal, and procurement departments as well. This person should be a direct rapport with the Chief Information Office for better and quick outcomes on the issues. Someone with experience in Service delivery role will be most appropriate for this role.4. Partnership with ITSM Vendor: The biggest issue with clients, when dealing with the vendors, is that their expectations and requirements are always more than what the vendor really delivers. To find a solution to this major problem, Chief Information Officers must satisfy the need for someone who has the ability to hold the ITSM vendors accountable - ITSM Vendor Manager. But this time, you also need to hold the ITSM vendor accountable for the issues by quantifying the impact that the ITSM vendor manager’s decision has had on the infrastructure.If your ITSM vendor is not living up to your expectations, then it is recommended you start implementing these practices in your organization to get the most benefit out of them.ITIL® service desk best practicesIn the market, there are many solutions present which can help you increase productivity, support, delivery, and enhance other attributes of an IT Service. But most of these solutions are expensive and since ITIL® offers flexibility to an organization when they are trying to choose what to implement, a better solution to go for is ITSM Service Desk. There are two popular desks that ITIL® provides - Service Desk and Help Desk.Help Desk: IT Help Desk is a fairly affordable solution to your IT Service Management problems. Some of its key properties are:It is flexible and configurable - which helps to fine-tune your ITSM processes according to ITIL® standardsIt is highly affordableIt is a subset of Service DeskIt has been replaced by the service desk. It is old fashioned in the technical worldHelps to streamline Service request managementManages change requests automatically upon approval successesAutomated Software and Hardware asset discovery with centralized IT asset management (ITAM)As mentioned, the Help desk is considered to be old-fashioned, which is why Service Desk was introduced as an alternative which offered more solutions in a more suitable way of service.Service Desk: IT Service Desk was introduced as an evolution of IT Help Desk to a modern approach to finding solutions and fulfilling tasks in the lifecycle of an IT Service. It is primarily intended to be a contact point between end users and the IT organization. Some of its key benefits are:It is responsible not only for services - change management, request management, asset management - but also provides the entire IT.It provides streamlined support by collaborating with other functional units.Service Desk is a new solution which means, naturally, one of its aims would be to closely align IT aspect to the business needs.Problem management is done proactively to avoid any major incident occurrences.Aims to align IT vision and business closely.Service Desk, therefore, is the preferred IT Service Management go-to help. IT Service Desk most importantly has 3 tasks to do:Manage problem and incidentsManage Service requestsHandle communication with the usersAs per a compiled list of some of the best IT Service Desk practices, below are the four major best practices which every organization should follow:Customer Engagement: As the name suggests, it aims to understand what the needs of a customer are and whether the IT team is able to comprehend it and implement it eventually according to the customer’s requirements.Provide 24/7 service desk supportFollows SLAs strictly, which helps in prioritizing the issues while solving. For eg: Critical ones are solved with utmost urgency in contrast to Low priority issues which have a longer resolving time.Provide complete data, ask all questions etc. during one engagement, rather frequent call-backs or engagement.Service Desk Management: This is basically a supervisor role, looking over day-to-day as well as long term issues.With the help of dashboards, data, and reports, it helps in analyzing the data and asks for correction before it explodes into an issue.To completely implement SLAs and make sure that escalations and handoff processes are understood by everyone in the hierarchy.Generate a report using IT Service Metrics. This report can help in increasing productivity or some other performance related issueUse of technology to Support: To support the IT Service Desk, technology can be used to streamline their processes and increase their productivity.Common issues which require specific steps for a fix can be automated.Service desk software can be used to facilitate and record interactions between requestor and client.Service Flow workflow capabilities can be implemented to help with processes like escalations, or hand-off.Knowledge Management: You should manage knowledge in such a way that it is accessible by all and at the same time provides security as well.Through Frequently Asked Questions, even end-users can access the data and learn from it rather than going back-and-through between them using an Agent.These knowledge records can be monitored and destroyed as per convenience.When an organization implements an IT Service desk, it would be awarded the following benefits:Cost-effectiveness: With the help of a properly staffed team which is well-managed, much of the IT work can be handled easily. Subject Matter Experts can be allocated work which is of value to the company instead of low priority or low-value tasks.Place for user’s sentiment analysis: As the Service Desk is the focal point between the users and the service provider, the business is able to understand the needs of the customers and enable the IT Vendors to implement the changes according to the needs of a vast customer base.Early warning system: An IT Service desk can also be used as a monitoring tool. This helps when the magnitude of incidents and requests is too high. If in such an organization, a major incident occurs, then a large number of users can get directly affected. This is where this monitoring system comes in, as it aims to identify and determine the issue with an early warning system and hopefully fix it before it causes any disruption to the service.
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Top 4 ITIL® Best Practices

ITIL® ie. Information Technology Infrastructure Library is basically a framework which has been designed to standardize the following IT services within a business:  

  • Selection
  • Planning
  • Delivery and
  • Maintenance.

The goal of ITIL® is to increase efficiency and achieve standardised service delivery in an organisation. The ITIL® framework focuses on ensuring that IT administrators can evolve into roles such as business service partner and not just remain back-end support. This is where the guidelines and best practices of ITIL® come into play since they align the IT department to the needs and changes within a business as it grows and evolves.

What are ITIL® best practices and their benefits?

Benefits of ITIL best practices

ITIL® is a collection of guidelines and best practices which aid in the IT Service Management (ITSM). ITIL® considers IT as a tool which can be used for business needs. The ultimate aim of introducing ITIL® is to reduce the gap between the business - which caters to the customer needs and the IT industry. AXELOS includes inputs from IT professionals as well as their business partners around the globe in their process of compiling a list of these practices.

ITIL® V4’s primary aim, therefore, is also to integrate all the phases of service and focus less on individual processes. This is where ITIL® best practices come into the picture. They work to improve many things but most important of all, they focus on aligning business needs with IT perspective. This attribute alone of the ITIL® practices fetches huge benefits. Some of the benefits that ITIL® best practices offer are as follows:

  • Higher customer satisfaction
  • Increased productivity
  • Change management
  • Minimal disruption of service
  • Security management
  • Help desk management

ITIL® V4 release and ITSM 

ITIL® has gone through several revisions in its history. The gap between the IT and business aspect of an IT Service Management organization has continued to be reduced with each subsequent releases. Along with the practices, technology is a major factor which drives the whole IT industry and that makes it necessary to be included under the releases as well. ITIL® V4, the latest version of ITIL®, focuses on integrating all the latest technological frameworks to help in IT Service Management. Some of the technological advancements which are included in the latest version are as follows:

  • Agile Framework
  • LEAN
  • DevOps

Most of the curriculum included in V3 will remain same but V4 has also introduced new examinable content. Understandably, technologies alone don’t contribute to the lifecycle of a service. There are many different entities that work on different levels and all these come together to provide smooth and successful service to the customer.

What are the top ITIL® best practices

Top ITIL best practice

There are lots of ITIL® best practices that can help your organization, but each practice is adapted to fulfill a specific requirement. ITIL® also offers flexibility in terms that an organization has the freedom to choose which process or practice it may want to implement. It is not essential that one must employ all the practices mentioned in the volume. We have compiled four top best practices which every organization, about IT Service Management, must use in their infrastructure.

1. Control of Service Performance Data

This practice aims to hold the ITSM vendors responsible for the performance issue. It encourages the client to ask the vendors the following questions:

  • Is the application working as per the performance bars set earlier?
  • Are the ITSM vendors holding on to all the agreements?
  • What is the financial situation?

Naturally, the answers to all these questions lie with the Service delivery data. Clients need to ask the vendors for this performance data, otherwise, they can lose visibility of it.

Either your ITSM vendor has manageable workload - so as to provide you with the performance analysis - or you already have a service management tool - which you can use to check on the performances of the services. Otherwise, you need to have control and ownership of the data.

There should be an uncompromising agreement between the client and the ITSM vendor about making sure that this data is made available and accessible to the client at all times. The client then, using their resources, can always analyze the data and work with the vendor to improve the service. To summarize, the client needs to hold ITSM vendors responsible for any issue that may occur.

2. Bridging ITSM vendor performance to business needs: 

One of the highlights of the latest release of ITIL® V4 is the ability of ITIL® to bring together IT and business for better customer satisfaction. However, the procurement office - which is responsible for acquiring services in an organization - does not have any expertise in the IT aspect of a service. It cannot measure the value of IT services provided to the business because they don’t know how IT services work in a business.

So, the aim is to implement a proper ITSM Vendor Management meaning, maintaining a good relationship between ITSM vendors and the business. This only helps both the sides - the business can get what they want in service and evaluate the vendors based on their service, and IT vendors who can identify what the business is asking from them and help them fulfill the requirements.

3. Assign a role to monitor ITSM vendor performance:

It is essential for an ITSM vendor to be held accountable for their performance. Therefore, the best practice adopted across the industry is to assign a person this role, which is the ITSM Vendor Manager. As the name suggests, the sole responsibility of this role is to manage the ITSM vendors as to the service they provide, whether they are adhering to the conditions and requirements agreed upon initially, and much more. This role would require to interact with ITSM vendors on a daily basis and therefore it is recommended that such a job should be given to someone with experience in the following domains:

  • Finance: To fulfill the fiduciary responsibility.
  • Business + IT: To understand service aspects from both perspectives and participate, contribute to conversations between them, it is important to be experienced in this domain.
  • IT Delivery and Management: To monitor the delivery of service, changes, deployment, etc.

Besides all these, they should also be able to reach out to legal, and procurement departments as well. This person should be a direct rapport with the Chief Information Office for better and quick outcomes on the issues. Someone with experience in Service delivery role will be most appropriate for this role.

4. Partnership with ITSM Vendor: 

The biggest issue with clients, when dealing with the vendors, is that their expectations and requirements are always more than what the vendor really delivers. To find a solution to this major problem, Chief Information Officers must satisfy the need for someone who has the ability to hold the ITSM vendors accountable - ITSM Vendor Manager. But this time, you also need to hold the ITSM vendor accountable for the issues by quantifying the impact that the ITSM vendor manager’s decision has had on the infrastructure.

If your ITSM vendor is not living up to your expectations, then it is recommended you start implementing these practices in your organization to get the most benefit out of them.

ITIL® service desk best practices

ITIL® service desk best practices

In the market, there are many solutions present which can help you increase productivity, support, delivery, and enhance other attributes of an IT Service. But most of these solutions are expensive and since ITIL® offers flexibility to an organization when they are trying to choose what to implement, a better solution to go for is ITSM Service Desk. There are two popular desks that ITIL® provides - Service Desk and Help Desk.

Help Desk: IT Help Desk is a fairly affordable solution to your IT Service Management problems. Some of its key properties are:

  • It is flexible and configurable - which helps to fine-tune your ITSM processes according to ITIL® standards
  • It is highly affordable
  • It is a subset of Service Desk
  • It has been replaced by the service desk. It is old fashioned in the technical world
  • Helps to streamline Service request management
  • Manages change requests automatically upon approval successes
  • Automated Software and Hardware asset discovery with centralized IT asset management (ITAM)

As mentioned, the Help desk is considered to be old-fashioned, which is why Service Desk was introduced as an alternative which offered more solutions in a more suitable way of service.

Service Desk: IT Service Desk was introduced as an evolution of IT Help Desk to a modern approach to finding solutions and fulfilling tasks in the lifecycle of an IT Service. It is primarily intended to be a contact point between end users and the IT organization. Some of its key benefits are:

  • It is responsible not only for services - change management, request management, asset management - but also provides the entire IT.
  • It provides streamlined support by collaborating with other functional units.
  • Service Desk is a new solution which means, naturally, one of its aims would be to closely align IT aspect to the business needs.
  • Problem management is done proactively to avoid any major incident occurrences.
  • Aims to align IT vision and business closely.

Service Desk, therefore, is the preferred IT Service Management go-to help. IT Service Desk most importantly has 3 tasks to do:

  • Manage problem and incidents
  • Manage Service requests
  • Handle communication with the users

As per a compiled list of some of the best IT Service Desk practices, below are the four major best practices which every organization should follow:

  • Customer Engagement: As the name suggests, it aims to understand what the needs of a customer are and whether the IT team is able to comprehend it and implement it eventually according to the customer’s requirements.
    • Provide 24/7 service desk support
    • Follows SLAs strictly, which helps in prioritizing the issues while solving. For eg: Critical ones are solved with utmost urgency in contrast to Low priority issues which have a longer resolving time.
    • Provide complete data, ask all questions etc. during one engagement, rather frequent call-backs or engagement.

  • Service Desk Management: This is basically a supervisor role, looking over day-to-day as well as long term issues.
    • With the help of dashboards, data, and reports, it helps in analyzing the data and asks for correction before it explodes into an issue.
    • To completely implement SLAs and make sure that escalations and handoff processes are understood by everyone in the hierarchy.
    • Generate a report using IT Service Metrics. This report can help in increasing productivity or some other performance related issue

  • Use of technology to Support: To support the IT Service Desk, technology can be used to streamline their processes and increase their productivity.
    • Common issues which require specific steps for a fix can be automated.
    • Service desk software can be used to facilitate and record interactions between requestor and client.
    • Service Flow workflow capabilities can be implemented to help with processes like escalations, or hand-off.

  • Knowledge Management: You should manage knowledge in such a way that it is accessible by all and at the same time provides security as well.
    • Through Frequently Asked Questions, even end-users can access the data and learn from it rather than going back-and-through between them using an Agent.
    • These knowledge records can be monitored and destroyed as per convenience.

When an organization implements an IT Service desk, it would be awarded the following benefits:

  • Cost-effectiveness: With the help of a properly staffed team which is well-managed, much of the IT work can be handled easily. Subject Matter Experts can be allocated work which is of value to the company instead of low priority or low-value tasks.

  • Place for user’s sentiment analysis: As the Service Desk is the focal point between the users and the service provider, the business is able to understand the needs of the customers and enable the IT Vendors to implement the changes according to the needs of a vast customer base.

  • Early warning system: An IT Service desk can also be used as a monitoring tool. This helps when the magnitude of incidents and requests is too high. If in such an organization, a major incident occurs, then a large number of users can get directly affected. This is where this monitoring system comes in, as it aims to identify and determine the issue with an early warning system and hopefully fix it before it causes any disruption to the service.
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Therefore, it will be better for them to restart from the beginning as they will be in sync with the current updates.Intermediate Course -However, it's not so simple for those who are completing the intermediate level of the ITIL® V3. AXELOS doesn't want the students to unnecessarily waste their valuable efforts, so if the student has collected more than 6 credits beyond the foundation level, he/she is advised to continue with the studies. It is also worth noting that the Transition module will not be released until the second half of 2019, so this gives the students a fair amount of time to collect their required credits.Expert Certification -Students who have already achieved a minimum of 17 ITIL® Credits will have the choice of practicing the ITIL® 4 Managing Professional (MP) Transition module when it is published. This will enable them to join the stage of ITIL® Managing Professional (MP). Following this, all they need to do is, join the ITIL® Leader Digital & Strategy module. It will assist them in achieving the ITIL® Strategic Leader (SL) designation. By this stage, they will be eligible to apply for the ultimate level of ITIL® Master.Now that we are aware of the transition stage and have gained the idea of what ITIL® is and how it is useful along with its various attributes that the framework offers in the Business Management, let's address the question that has been in your mind towards the start,What are the job opportunities for ITIL® certified professionals?The best thing about the ITIL® certification is that it has no expiration date. So, once you achieve the certification, you can put the credentials in your resume for the rest of your life. This will not only make your resume look more valuable than other candidates, but will also increase your professional value and credibility.Sr. NoRoleAverage salary per annum in USAverage salary per annum in India1Service Delivery Manager$82,795INR 1,366,9822IT Analyst$86,361INR 7,32,6123Asset Manager$88,552INR 5395334IT Project Manager$91,257INR 1,433,4725IT Manager$101,181INR 10820296Engineering program manager$106,280INR 18198807Senior  IT Project Manager$112,899INR 1,818,5608Service Transition$117,000INR 13,34,2739Service Operation$117,000INR 610,864The certification is confirmation that the candidate is not only highly skilled, experienced and has superior management skills, but is also thriving for excellence and knows how to adapt to new updates. Moreover, an ITIL® certified candidate can only implement the frameworks of ITIL® but can effectively guide the company into building a loyal customer base.Now, what jobs can ITIL® certified professionals acquire?One must keep in mind, that ITIL® is not a magic formula. It is a framework and education whose success rate highly depends on the candidate. There is no doubt that the job opportunities are more than a non-certified candidate, but these are factors on which the success ratio depends:Your professional background.ExperienceThe speed at which you learn ITIL® concepts.The interest you have in IT processes. This will determine your success ratio in your everyday job.Many of the leading companies have made it mandatory for their employees to have ITIL® training. Companies from different sectors are hiring ITIL® professionals to fulfill their vision. A lot of companies and industries have embraced ITIL® globally after realizing its never-ending list of benefits. Some of them are -1. Technology - IT, the most advanced and leading sector which is evolving almost on a daily basis have understood the importance and need for the ITIL® frameworks.Companies associated with technology that have implemented ITIL® are -MicrosoftIBMHPFujitsu2. Retailers -Retailers are the backbones of the business industry. ITIL® was initiated to boost the business sector. So how can the retailers not join the implementation? These are the major retailers who have adopted ITIL® framework -WalmartTargetStaples3. Financial Services -Given the benefits of the ITIL® framework especially in implementing cost-effective methods which not only saves resources but also time and effort, some of the leading financial service providers using ITIL® are -Citi BankBank of AmericaBarclays4. Entertainment - Over time, the entertainment business has grown to be one of the biggest industries in the world. As the industry grows, it's only fair to assume that the responsibilities will grow too. Adopting the ITIL® framework is the measure taken to ensure the free flow of service and hence, improve the user experience. The entertainment companies that are using ITIL® are -SONYDisney4. Manufacturers - The building blocks of the industries are the manufacturers. ITIL® magnifies the result of both the large business as well as the SMBs. Some of the leading manufacturers using ITIL® are -BoeingBombardierToyota5. Life Science - One of the most intelligent and smartest sectors in the world. It's really not surprising that they have adopted the benefits of ITIL®. The companies in life sciences that have adopted the ITIL® are -Lilly PfizerTakedaFollowing are the responsibilities that an ITIL® certified professional can expect -Process CoordinatorFoundation-level to intermediate-level professionals with a minimum of 2 years of experience can expect to get the job of Process Coordinator.The job of a Process Coordinator is to assure that the administrative actions in a process are conducted as planned. Change coordinator, Incident coordinator, and configuration analyst are few of the coordinator positions possible in ITIL®-based IT service management.Managerial RoleWith at least 8 years of working experience, a certified ITIL® professional is expected to manage processes end to end. This is operated at the mid-management level.The role here is to ensure that activities in service management are in accordance with the given processes. As the name suggests, you will be managing the coordinators under you who will directly report to you. The Manager is accountable for their actions and making sure that the work allocated is executed thoroughly.Release manager, Problem manager, and service desk manager are some of the managerial roles.ITIL® consulting roleThe basic requirement as you can guess is same - an ITIL® certified professional. But along with that, the candidate also needs to have other abilities with Observation skills being the most dominant trait. An ITIL® Consultant must have great observation skills as this would allow him/her to notice inconsistencies in processes and immediately plan about optimization. So the next skill required is, “Problem-solving’’ abilities.This role of Process Consultant requires experience of ten years. The consultant must enjoy going into the depth of the issues. Their role is to observe every role assigned under them and guide them to execute the processes as smoothly as possible.This is one among the highly-paid and respectable posts in the industry. Needless to say, with great power comes great responsibility too!ITIL® TrainerOver the last decade, ITIL® has been in huge demand. Mostly, because professionals and companies have realized its importance in the business industry. Also, due to the tough competition, many job seekers are looking to sharpen their skills, expertise and raise their value. To achieve these, they are applying for the certification course. All these are a testament that the ITIL® dominance will stay for a while until a better framework can be built, and the way ITIL® is constantly evolving with the times, that seems unlikely to happen.So, being an ITIL® trainer is a great idea provided you enjoy teaching. This post requires you to be absolutely thorough with every detail in the ITIL® process.ConclusionThe results and outcomes of ITIL® will only be visible when they are applied effectively.Ultimately, it all depends on corporate buy-ins and staff. The ITIL® will be as successful and effective as you allow it. But if used constructively, it will definitely increase the chances of success exponentially.
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What is ITIL® V3?

Lack of standardised practices in the IT sector created a discordant environment for services, as their efficiency was considerably low and error rates were high as compared to current standards. These irregularities prompted the UK government to envision a set of guidelines for every IT Service organisation to follow. These guidelines, it was hoped, would help not only government organisations but private ones as well.Therefore, in the 1980s, the UK government, in a bid to increase efficiency and standardise IT processes, created a framework with libraries from around the globe. These multiple libraries were concentrated into seven volumes in ITIL® V2 and eventually five volumes in ITIL® V3. Each volume/certification focuses on a specific part of ITSM.What is ITIL® V3?ITIL® V3 focuses on business needs and calibrates the services according to them. Its other main purpose is also to continuously improve the services while reducing the costs at the same time. Due to ITIL® V3’s ability to smoothly combine business expertise with IT processes, which maximises customer satisfaction, it is adding value to millions of people and businesses around the world.Its principal purpose is to enable IT professionals to be business service partners as well. It aims to, therefore, combine the business aspect of ITSM - by catering to business and customer requirements - with the professional expertise of the IT industry.Brought to the public arena in 2007, ITIL® V3 was upgraded and relaunched in 2011 by AXELOS - in collaboration with Her Majesty’s Cabinet Office and Capita PLC as 2011 ITIL® V3. This version included strategic elements which aligned the modern ITSM processes to current business needs.There are three major ITIL® V3 Fundamentals which we will discuss now.ITIL® V3 Incident Management: It is not unusual that services get disrupted within an organisation, but what’s essential is to protect productivity when it happens. ITIL® V3 Incident management is a process which lays down the best set of practices in the industry to effectively handle an incident without much downtime and also ensuring smooth business productivity.ITIL® V3 Change Management: Existing solutions/applications need to be upgraded to keep up with modern technological advancements as well as business needs. It, therefore, becomes essential that such changes do not directly or indirectly affect productivity. ITIL® V3 Change Management focuses on avoiding downtimes by handling, prioritising, and rolling out the required changes.ITIL® V3 Problem Management: Many times, we start getting similar kind of incidents. This is the indication to club all of them into a single problem. The problem aims to provide an RCA (Root cause analysis) of the issue and until then, to also provide a workaround. ITIL® V3 Problem Management helps in managing such problems and avoiding major issues. It also maintains a Known Error Database (KEDB) whose solution is unknown.ITIL® examsITIL® V3 contains five sections as part of the IT service lifecycle, and each section includes multiple processes. ITIL® offers flexibility to an organisation in the form of freedom to adopt any or all of the processes from a particular section. ITIL® is a collection of e-books. Its examinations were earlier administered by EXIN and ISEB, both of which are independent bodies. Both of these bodies gave their certification according to your location.The two independent bodies formed an alliance during late 2006 to further ITSM. Currently, all exams and certificates are being administered by Accredited Training Organisations (ATOs). These accreditations are themselves administered by Strategic Examination Institutes. These, in turn, need to be accredited directly by AXELOS which enables them to offer certification to the ATOs.Benefits of implementing ITIL® in an organisationITIL® powers a well-run IT organisation that not only works efficiently but also keeps optimising the services regularly to provide greater customer experience. Some of the key benefits of implementing ITIL® in an IT organisation as well as businesses are as follows:Cost-effective runIncreased efficiency and productivityIncreased customer satisfactionProvision of comprehensive guidance and standards to followLesser downtime during a service disruptionMinimal service disruptionsEasily manageable incidentsAn easily scaling and changing environmentSome of the examples of accessible services and applications designed with ITIL® and ITSM are:SamanageInvGate Service DeskManageEngine ServiceDesk PlusVision HelpDeskGiants like Disney and Sony are prime examples of how one can manage services within a big organisation. Learners can easily take up these case studies to understand the ground situation in the industry. All in all, ITIL® provides a streamlined framework which helps in managing risks, reducing costs while monitoring day to day activities, and finally improvising the course through learning.What are the five sections of the ITIL® V3 Framework?The ITIL® Framework has five sections which have evolved over time to reflect the needs of the business and the IT environment. Briefly, this evolution can be described as under: The first release of ITIL®, released by the UK government to standardise the IT standards, boasted of multiple volumes collected from professionals worldwide.The second release of ITIL® V2 consisted of 7 volumes which concentrated all past volumes of IT basic operations.ITIL® V3 is more focused on the business side of the industry along with other aspects as well.ITIL® V3, hence, comprises of five sections which cover all aspects of ITSM. These sections further include multiple processes which the organisations implement according to their needs.Service StrategyService DesignService TransitionService OperationContinual Service ImprovementThese five sections cover the lifecycle of service in ITSM. We will discuss each section one by one to get a clear understanding of what each section contributes towards the lifecycle.Service Strategy: As ITIL® V3 is focused more on the business aspect of ITSM, this section is dedicated to catering to the business cases. It checks on the defined business goals and their new requirements. It further develops a strategy which helps provide a service the business needs in a cost-effective and efficient way.Service Design: After the requirements are gathered from the business, this section helps in implementing those requirements in the form of architecture, processes, policies, and documentation. It fulfils its role by providing comprehensive guidance.Service Transition: Changes in technology and business needs are inevitable, which is why it is imperative that such changes, when they are deployed, do not hinder or disrupt the ongoing services. This stage, therefore, looks after the transition stage of service. When a service is transitioning into the business environment, this section provides guidance and processes activities.  Service Operation: This section is more pertaining to the customer. It ensures that every business meets its customer expectations or requirements. It focuses on processes and delivery activities to ensure smooth working of daily operational tasks by monitoring given services.Continual Service Improvement: As the name suggests, this section is for the improvement of services. Based on its learning, which it receives through past services’ failures/successes, it introduces changes to the existing services.Roles in this space, of ITIL® and ITSM, can be elaborated as under:What is ITIL® V3 credit system?ITIL® V3 has a credit system which awards recognition through certificate-based examination. There are multiple certifications and with each one, you accumulate credits.You can enhance your reputation in the IT industry by rising through the ranks of ITIL® certifications which is awarded on a credit-basis exam. Credits are required to be eligible for higher certifications.The ITIL® V4 modules vary slightly from the ITIL® V3 structure and will be released during 2019, with Foundation being made available in February 2019. Modules, including the ITIL® Specialist module, the ITIL® Strategist and the ITIL® Leader will be released in the latter half of 2019.  Post the ITIL® V4 Foundation level; the candidate can choose to pursue either the ITIL® Managing Professional (ITIL® MP) or ITIL® Strategic Leader (ITIL® SL). End-learners must complete both - the ITIL® MP and ITIL® SL - to be eligible to certify as an ITIL® Master.To be certified as an ITIL® Managing Professional, the candidate must complete the following modules:ITIL® V4 FoundationITIL® Specialist: Create, Deliver & SupportITIL® Specialist: Drive Stakeholder ValueITIL® Specialist: High-Velocity ITITIL® Strategist: Direct, Plan & ImproveTo be certified as an ITIL® SL, candidates must complete the following modules:ITIL® 4 FoundationITIL® Strategist: Direct, Plan & ImproveITIL® Leader: Digital and IT StrategyThe ITIL® Strategist: Direct, Plan & Improve is a universal module for both the ITIL® streams. This is followed by the MALC i.e.  Managing Across The Lifecycle, ITIL® Expert and then the ITIL® Master, all of which are advanced levels to ensure the candidate attains the ITIL® certification.Some important pointers of ITIL® V4 are as under:Start with the ITIL 4 Foundation certification which fetches you two credits and its corresponding Foundation certificate.For each specialization after Foundation, until MALC, you will be awarded three or four credits depending upon the certification. ITIL® Practitioner certification fetches you three credits while covering the whole spectrum of the best practices.ITIL® Practitioner can be taken either immediately after Foundation or after before MALC and after completion of rest of the certifications.Before Managing across the Lifecycle (MALC), you can gather 17 credits in any order you prefer.To advance to ITIL® Expert level, you’d need a total of 22 credits including an ITIL® Practitioner certification and then MALC.It is important to note that the ITIL® system uses a credit system right from the Foundation level through the Expert levels with each certification amounting to a certain number of credits. The following chart illustrates the current ITIL® credit system:Sr. NoLevel of ITIL® certificationNo. of credits awarded1ITIL® Foundation22ITIL® Practitioner33ITIL® IntermediateLifecycle ModuleService Strategy3Service Design3Service Transition3Service Operation3Continual Service Improvement3Capability ModuleOperational Support and Analysis4Planning, Protection, and Optimization4Release, Control, and Validation4Service Offerings and Agreements44Managing across the lifecycle55ITIL® ExpertWhat are the ITIL® V3 services and processes?As part of the lifecycle of ITIL® V3 services, five sections are defined and each of them plays a key role in the service’s life. These five sections contain multiple processes, which in turn, are adopted by the companies or organisations into their teams.Starting from the planning, according to the business needs, to the improvement or the eventual retiring of a service, ITIL® V3 covers all stages of ITSM. Due to the coverage it provides, it has become an essential part of ITSM.There are millions of ITIL® V3 professionals around the globeIt is up to an organisation as to which processes of a section it may want to select and what not. This property of ITIL® makes it flexible for implementation purposes.The five sections in a lifecycle of an ITIL® V3 service are:Service Strategy: It strategizes how to create a service that caters to the needs of a business. Processes included under Service Strategy are:Strategy GenerationFinancial ManagementDemand ManagementService Portfolio ManagementService Design: All the infrastructure, technology, processes, and policies of service along with other things are designed in this section with the help of the following processes:Service Catalog ManagementService Level ManagementAvailability ManagementCapacity ManagementIT Service Continuity ManagementInformation Security ManagementSupplier Management      Service Transition: All the changes introduced in the services are needed to be smooth and non-disrupting to productivity. This section covers that with the help of the following processes:Transition Planning and SupportChange ManagementService Asset and Configuration ManagementRelease and Deployment ManagementService Validation and TestingEvaluationKnowledge ManagementService Operation: This section ensures the smooth running of daily operational tasks and checks whether the business is meeting customer requirements or not. It accomplishes this task with the help of the following processes:Event ManagementIncident ManagementRequest FulfillmentProblem ManagementAccess Management      Continual Service Improvement: To continuously improve the efficiency of the services through learning from past services, this section employs the following processes:The 7 improvement processService MeasurementService Reporting      Difference between ITIL® V2 & ITIL® V3With the introduction of ITIL® V3, AXELOS aimed to focus more on the business needs of the industry, instead of just concentrating all resources on the basic IT operations - which ITIL® V2 did. The ITIL® V2 contained the following disciplines:Service SupportService DeliveryWe can conclude from the above disciplines that the sole aim of ITIL® V2 was to support basic IT processes. ITIL® V3, on the other hand, extends this support to the whole lifecycle of a service and more importantly, catering to the needs of the business and customers.Besides these, ITIL® V3 has other major differences and upgrades from ITIL® V2 which we have compiled and shown in the table below:ITIL® V2ITIL® V3Majorly process-orientedFocused on the complete lifecycle of service in ITSM (including business needs)Has seven volumesHas five volumesEfficient and cost-effective processesStrategic emphasis is given along with efficiency and cost-effectiveness to the processA singular function was divided into ten processes25 processes categorised suitably under four functionsNo clear assignment of roles in processesRoles and responsibilities are clearly defined for each processFocused on “what” perspective - “what can be done and why”Aimed at the “how” approach - how it can be doneIncludes 700 pages of publicationsIncludes 1400 pages of its five key publicationsFocuses on the theoretical part of the business in ITSMFocuses on the practical aspect and aligns much better with the needs of modern business
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Everything You Need To Know About ITIL®

What is ITIL®?Today, the worlds of business and technology have overlapped each other and are linked inextricably. To thrive and to remain competitive, companies need to bring IT services in considerable focus. The transition of a company’s objectives and capabilities to IT can be an overwhelming process. To ease this transition and to select, plan, deliver and maintain a certain standard in IT services within the organisation, a standardised framework called the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL®) is designed.The ITIL® ensures that the implementation of IT services for any business has efficiency and predictable service deliverability at its core. The framework makes sure that the IT services department in any organisation is an active business partner and not just a backend service provider.  The reason why ITIL® is gaining such importance and focus in the business world is that without it, the resources spent on designing and developing an IT service management (ITSM) process would be futile, which would, in turn, make the business less competitive, susceptible to losses in money and customers and less efficient.ITIL® HistoryThe growing discrepancies in processes, deployments and inconsistent IT services on account of the geographical decentralisation of data centers in the 1980s led to the need for ITIL®.Released as a series of books in 1989 by The United Kingdom's Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency (CCTA), ITIL® Version one, i.e., ITIL® V1 was their response to a need to recognise IT as an essential service and the need to apply it consistently across the organisation.ITIL® consists of various levels and modules. It aims to cover comprehensively everything from service strategies to continuous improvement which would ultimately help practitioners to adopt the IT services for their organisation and be prepared for changes down the line.ITIL® UpdatesPost-1989, the ITIL® has been upgraded to reflect the changes in the business world and is now a highly renowned and recommended practice with multiple thousands of practitioners getting certified and implementing it.Post launch, the first major change in ITIL® came in 2000-2001 with the release of ITIL® V2. This version focused on making the entire framework more accessible and less formidable for the candidates. It compiled the entire framework into nine sets of related elements. This version was followed by the ITIL® V3 in 2007 which was a compact and well-designed framework of 26 functions that were combined into five volumes.  This version was built to inculcate the concept of service lifecycle structure. Few changes were introduced to V3 which was launched in 2011 as ITIL® V3 2011. In 2019, the latest version, ITIL® V4, is all set for launch with a focus on the ITIL® service value system and upgrading the credit system.ITIL® PublicationsThe framework of ITIL® V3 encompasses five core publications which aim to cover the entire lifecycle of ITSM. They are reviewed and updated regularly to reflect the advancements made in IT technology. The five core publications are:ITIL® Service Strategy: This publication aims to identify and describe the goals of the business and the objectives of the IT services and align them to customer requirements.ITIL® Service Design: Based on the strategy defined in the previous publication, this publication aims at outlining the IT architecture, policies, and procedure as well as documentation.ITIL® Service Transition: This is an important publication which focuses on the change management and practices to be followed for releasing each policy/service change. It mainly aims to guide the transition and anticipated interruptions.ITIL® Service Operation: This is the actual working, functioning and operating manual in the ITIL® framework. The operation help in managing IT services regularly.ITIL® Continual Service Improvement: This publication is futurist in its outlook as it aims to guide the organisation through improvements and updates within the ITIL® framework.  As is evident, the modules cover everything from the beginning, i.e., identifying the customer’s needs to designing and implementation and in the end, monitoring and improving the ITSM process.ITIL® Modules The entire ITIL® process is a module based framework. The certification, for example, under ITIL® v4 has been broken down into ITIL® Foundation and the ITIL® Master exams. Post the ITIL® Foundation, the course is further split into two modules: ITIL® Managing Professional (MP) and ITIL® Strategic Leader (SL), which the candidate need to complete in order to progress further.  ITIL® MP has the following modules:ITIL® Specialist – Create, Deliver and SupportITIL® Specialist – Drive Stakeholder ValueITIL® Specialist – High Velocity ITITIL® Strategist – Direct, Plan & ImproveITIL® SL, on the other hand, has the following modules:ITIL® Strategist – Direct, Plan & ImproveITIL® Leader – Digital & IT StrategyNine ITIL® Principles & ITIL® ModulesReleased in 2019, ITIL® V4 has the same focus as its predecessors. Although, it does have an updated framework which also represents and accommodates modern technologies and software. The program has illustrated nine guiding principles with an aim to provide for change management within an organisation, organisation communication, measurement, and metrics. These nine principles include:Focus on valueHere, ITIL® encourages the professional to define the service output in a manner that captures the needs of the customer.Design for experienceThe paramount thing here, as per ITIL®, is to understand the context within which the service offered will be consumed by the customers.Start where you areThis principle pushes the candidate to collect information and understand the customer’s current pattern of consumption and how the services offered under ITIL® will support it.Work holisticallyBy understanding the entire value chain of the customer, ITIL® ensures that the services offered do not disrupt that value chain but make an active contribution to it.Progress iterativelyITIL®, while being implemented, must start with the minimally viable option and then progress from there based on an understanding of the priorities of the customer’s needs and expectations.Observe directlyITIL® requires that the customers including users and sponsors are heard out and observed regularly. Candidates must observe how the service is delivered, executed and consumed.Be transparentIn the realm of ITIL®, sharing is encouraged: of ideas, thoughts, failures, concerns as well as improvements made.CollaborateITIL® requires the active involvement of all stakeholders from customers, users to suppliers.Keep it simpleIt is imperative that any implementation of ITIL® uses simple words which are easy to understand to ensure clear communication.ITIL® principles and modules when systematically followed can help an organisation manage as well as mitigate risks better, save on IT support costs, create a thriving ecosystem which ensures growth, scale, change and strengthens the organisation’s relationship with their end users i.e the customers.What are ITIL® processes & frameworks?The framework of ITIL® V3 is made up of five parts: service strategy, service design, service transition, service operation, and continual service improvement. These sections comprise of:Strategy GenerationFinancial managementDemand managementService Portfolio managementITIL® Service DesignThe design of an IT service which has architectures, processes, policies and documentation is laid out in this section to address the requirements of the business requirement. Seven processes are included in Service Design:Service Catalog ManagementService Level ManagementAvailability ManagementCapacity ManagementIT Service Continuity ManagementInformation Security ManagementSupplier ManagementITIL® Service TransitionThis stage is to make sure that that the current state of service is not ignored when an organization is going through change. ITIL® Service Transition includes seven processes which are:Transition Planning and SupportChange ManagementService Asset and Configuration ManagementRelease and Deployment ManagementService Validation and TestingEvaluationKnowledge ManagementITIL® Service OperationITIL® Service Operation is essential to make sure the organisation meets the requirements of the customer. It comprises of various functions to ensure a smooth flow of everyday tasks related to planning, operations, monitoring, and related services. Service Operation includes five processes:Event ManagementIncident ManagementRequest FulfillmentProblem ManagementAccess ManagementITIL® Continual Service ImprovementIn this stage of ITIL®, stringent quality checks are required to ensure the service process is improved consistently. There are three processes in this stage of Continual Service Improvement:The 7 improvement processService MeasurementService ReportingBest practicesITIL® guidelines and best practices' primary aim is to align IT department actions as well as expenses to the needs of the business and change them as the company grows and shifts direction.ITIL® ensures support to the organisations and individuals as they endeavour to achieve optimal value from their investment in IT and digital technologies and services. It creates a sense of direction for the service provider to create a clear capability model and adjust its business strategy with customer needs.As a professionally recognised international certification scheme, ITIL® ensures comprehensive and pragmatic guidance which helps in establishing a service management system. Its best practices start from the basics such as defining a glossary of common terms which business can use as they adopt IT-enabled services into their practices.ITIL® ObjectivesITIL®, in its objective, contributes immense value to the organisation which adopts its framework. It not only assures quality, increased availability, reduction in costs and better cost-benefit relationship but also a tremendous improvement in effectiveness in meeting requirements of a class, growth in flexibility and making the principle of adopting and adapting possible.ITIL® helps organisations in achieving the following objectives:Reduction in IT costsImprovement in qualityReduction in riskImprovement in decision makingIncrement in productivityOrganisation-wide transparency and effective communication.Implementing a culture of adopting a practical approach to service managementAdoption of a common framework of practicesITIL® FundamentalsWhether it is the private or public sector, internal or external services providers, small, medium or large organisations, ITIL® continues to remain useful, relevant and evolving in every technical environment. There are some ITIL® fundamentals which are a primary reason why organisations must adopt it to ensure that their needs of IT and their customers are met.These fundamentals include:Best Practices: ITIL® is a representation of the best practices, experiences, learning, and thoughts of the world’s best-in-class service providers.Continuous Evolvement: The success of ITIL® can easily be credited to its fundamental principle of developing continually. This ensures that organisations are enabled to derive and deliver benefits, get assured returns on investment and sustainable success.Adapt and Adopt:  ITIL® is adapted to enable organisations in:Ensuring early adoption of a standard approach towards service management throughout the organisation and its processes.Changing the culture of the organisation to support the sustainable and prosperous achievements of goals, enabled by IT.Optimising and reducing costs.Improving customer interaction as well as the relationship.Coordinating across the value chain of the delivery of goods and services.What is ITIL® Certification?Here is a brief overview of the ITIL® Certification Program.ITIL® serves as the primary ITSM framework for any organisation. As a person in IT, getting these certificates is essential, as they add to their skillset. Many IT professionals in the industry consider the ITIL® certifications as the Holy Bible to IT support. ITIL® V3 utilises a credit system for all its levels from the Foundation through Master levels. Each certification level earns a certain number of credits. After obtaining the requisite number of credits, the individual will take the ITIL® Master certification. In ITIL® V3, a total of 22 credits are required by a professional, if they are to earn the ITIL® Expert certification. The benefits of the ITIL® certification program include:Better preparedness with an in-depth knowledge of ITIL® frameworks which enables you to work betterEnsures professional advancement and better payHelps you speak the language of IT professionalsExpanded horizons and a vision for the bigger pictureITIL® certification is a modular programme, directed towards learning the ITIL® framework and comprises of a series of qualifications which are focused on different aspects of the ITIL® framework and its implementation.The certification enfolds in a tiered structure which ensures that candidates have flexibility and progress through the depths of ITIL® in a sequential manner.Recently, on the 18th of February, 2019, ITIL® 4 certifications starting with a foundation course have been released. The remaining certifications are due for release in the second half of 2019.Under the ITIL® V3, the certifications had five levels which included:FoundationPractitionerIntermediateExpertITIL® training MasterThis system has evolved to the following under V4:FoundationManaging ProfessionalStrategic LeaderMasterIt is important to note that the ITIL® system uses a credit system right from the Foundation level through the Expert levels with each certification amounting to a certain number of credits. The following chart illustrates the current ITIL® V3® credit system:Sr. NoLevel of ITIL® certificationNo. of credits awarded1ITIL® Foundation22ITIL® Practitioner33ITIL® IntermediateLifecycle ModuleService Strategy3Service Design3Service Transition3Service Operation3Continual Service Improvement3Capability ModuleOperational Support and Analysis4Planning, Protection, and Optimization4Release, Control, and Validation4Service Offerings and Agreements44Managing across the lifecycle55ITIL® ExpertITIL® Certification LevelsUnder the ITIL® V3 certification, levels are under:1. FoundationThis is the first level in the ITIL® certifications. It focuses on ensuring that the candidate is well versed with standard terminology and methodology. They will get the knowledge required to not only support but also deliver ITIL® related services.2. PractitionerThe Practitioner level is the second level of the ITIL® certification. In this level, the candidates are encouraged to improve their ability to adopt and adapt ITIL® for an organization.3. Intermediate This is the third level of the ITIL® certification. It consists of two categories or modules of certification: Service Lifecycle and Service Capability.The Service Lifecycle modules are:Service Strategy (SS)Service Design (SD)Service Transition (ST)Service Operation (SO)Continual Service Improvement (CSI)The Service Capability modules are:Operational Support and Analysis (OSA)Planning, Protection, and Optimization (PPO)Release, Control, and Validation (RCV)Service Offerings and Agreements (SOA)In the Service Lifecycle module, a lot of focus is given to management across several ITIL® processes. On the other hand, the module of Service Capability focuses on specialized as well as process-level knowledge within ITIL® processes.4. ExpertITIL® Expert certification is the fourth level of the ITIL® certification, and it is also delivered in modular form. This certification can be taken only by those candidates who have cleared the previous levels to ensure that they the requisite detailed knowledge and skills to clearly understand the entire system of ITIL®.5. MasterThe fifth level of the ITIL® certification is the ITIL® Master Level certification. This level focuses on strengthening and widening the mastery of the practical application of ITIL® in a variety of settings. The professionals working on ITIL® directly are usually involved in planning, operations, and management of ITSM. Through this certification, they obtain the skills to demonstrate their knowledge.Here are some details on the levels of certifications under ITIL® V4 :1. ITIL® Foundation Certification -  IT Service ManagementThe ITIL® 4 Foundation certification is designed as an introduction to ITIL® 4, and it enables candidates to look at ITSM as an end-to-end operating model for creating, delivering and continuously improving tech-enabled products and services. It helps those individuals who require a basic knowledge of the ITIL® framework. It also helps those who wish to understand how ITIL® as a framework can be used to enhance ITSM and those IT professionals working within an organisation that has adopted ITIL®.2. ITIL® Managing Professional - ITIL® MPITIL® MP has four modules within itself, adding value of ITIL® Foundation, which are:ITIL® Specialist Create, Deliver and SupportITIL® Specialist Drive Stakeholder ValueITIL® Specialist High Velocity ITITIL® Strategist Direct Plan and ImproveITIL® MP targets those IT practitioners who work within technology and digital teams across organisations.  3. ITIL® Strategic Leader - ITIL® SLWithin ITIL® SL, two modules embody the next stage of ITIL® evolution. The two modules are:ITIL® Strategist Direct Plan and ImproveITIL® Leader Digital and IT StrategyThis set is perfect for those who understand how IT services influence business strategy.4. ITIL® Master Certificate - ITSMITIL® Master Certificate helps the person justify and explain a range of knowledge, principles, methods, and techniques of ITIL® Framework. It requires one to have extensive practical experience with ITIL® and demonstrative knowledge of the prospect.To be eligible for the ITIL® Master certification, you must:Be  ITIL® Expert certifiedHave experience in IT services management for five years at least in leadership, management or higher management position.How much does ITIL® certification cost?Currently, ITIL® certifications are under Axelos. An individual can start the course by either using a hardcopy, PDF, ePublication or via an online subscription which can be availed directly from Axelos. While this is the primary cost, the second is the training cost. For each level of the course, there is a different cost associated. The curriculum leading to the initial certificate usually runs for two days and the courses commencing to higher certifications can run for a week or more.There is an additional cost of re-engineering a few of the processes to enable ITIL® frameworks and enable them to comply with ITIL® guidelines. An additional cost would be the investment in the ITIL® study guide and ITIL® practice exam which is set to be between $30 to $50 respectively. Therefore, there is no fixed cost for gaining the ITIL® certification. Axelos has tied up with an institution called  Accredited Training Organisation (ATO) where one can take ITIL® training.What are ITIL® complementary certifications?Axelos, apart from the five levels of ITIL® certifications, also offers complementary courses under the ITIL® credit system which are known as ITIL® complementary certifications. A total of 6 credits can be earned through these additional courses. It is critical to ensure that there is no overlap between the modules at different levels, as the percentage of overlap that Axelos segregates can be divided into three categories: low, moderate and high. The candidate should focus on staying in the ‘low overlap’ zone to ensure that they earn the right credits. Axelos details the course on its website and gives a hawk-eye view of its benefit.Who should do ITIL® certification?ITIL® certification is acquired via classroom study and virtual IT coaching which can be supplemented with self-study. An ITIL® certification represents that the person who has it has the requisite knowledge and skills related to ITIL® structure and terminology. It also describes that he has a working knowledge of the core principles and subject areas relating to IT, which is the primary use of ITIL® technology in the management of business services. The certification is helpful for:People who have the basic knowledge of ITIL® and wish to utilise it towards ensuring better control of service operation in a business situation.IT professionals who want positive changes in the efficiency of a business organisation such as cost reduction.Following professionals are recommended to take the ITIL® course:IT ManagersIT DirectorsQuality AnalystsIT Service ManagersSupport Professionals and EngineersService Support EngineersDatabase AdministratorsOperations ManagersOwners of Business ProcessesWhat is ITIL® Foundation?The foundation course will act as an introduction to ITIL® 4, and it will introduce candidates to ITSM as an end-to-end operating model with a focus on creating, delivering, and improving IT-enabled products and services.The certification aims to help:People who require a fundamental understanding of the ITIL® framework.Those who wish to learn how ITIL® can be useful in enhancing the IT service management.IT professionals or others who are working within an organisation that has adopted ITIL®.However, the ITIL® V4 foundation certification is helpful to anyone who has an interest in IT service management. ITIL® V4 Foundation candidates, at the end of the certificate course, will have an understanding of the following:A thorough grasp of how to facilitate the co-creation of value for customers as well as other stakeholders via products and services.Exposure to the guiding principles of ITIL® V4.A holistic approach towards the four dimensions of Service Management.Basic terminologies such as Agile, Lean, DevOps and their importance.The significance of ITIL® practices and their value to your business.Are there any Versions in ITIL® Foundation?ITIL® has seen 4 versions till date. Each of the versions has had the same motive of helping the candidate achieve alignment between the IT systems with the business strategies.Version 1 was launched with more than 30 volumes each covering a specific practice within ITSM. It aimed at establishing a model of controlling and managing business operations using IT.In the year 2000-2001, in order to make ITIL® more accessible as well as affordable, a new version, ITIL® V2 endeavoured to consolidate the publications into nine sets which focus on logic and were grouped in a manner that matched different aspects of IT management and services.Under ITIL® V3, the foundation level was introduced to candidates with the aim of exposing them to the basic concepts, key elements and common terminologies under ITIL®.The primary purpose has not changed under the ITIL® V4, and their essential features remain the same. The updated version of ITIL® V4 merely includes advanced material on the additional best practices.  ITIL® V4 aims to address the two major complains of the ITIL® :Its relationship with the ITSM community.Its failure to update itself with the latest trends in IT operations and software development.How ITIL® certification helps business?ITIL® certification has now become essential for any business which uses digital services daily and aspires to have a flawless ITSM. An ITIL® certification helps with installing good ITSM practices within the organisation. This certification covers the whole development lifecycle of IT, all the way from recognising requirements of IT and business to maintaining and delivering the levels of service in a state of focused review and improvement. This holistic approach enhances the overall customer experience and integration of work.To help understand the nuances better, let us explore ITIL® V3 Foundation Vs. ITIL® V4 Foundation.ITIL® V3, which is also popularly referred to as ITIL® 2011, was the latest version before the upgrade to ITIL® V4. The new version introduced the process of the Business Relationship Management (BRM) process but other than that, most of the other elements remain the same.  An important change was that it was easier to read and many of the inconsistencies were edited out. ITIL® V4 uses newer techniques to align IT with a more evolved level of efficiency and effectiveness. It is now possible to align ITIL® with other existing methods such as IT4IT, Agile, DevOps, and Lean.Even with ITIL® V4, the essential elements of ITIL® V3 remain the same. ITIL® V4 just ensures the inclusion of additional best practices and easier integration.ITIL® V4 encourages lesser siloes, more collaboration and encourages communication across the whole organization with the integration of Agile, Lean and DevOps into ITSM strategies. It is made to be more flexible and customizable than ITIL® V3 i.e. more holistic.By investing in a training course and implementing ITIL®, you can expect the following things:Enhanced understanding of the customers which aid in delivering better services, long term relationships, and a sound reputation.A developer guide on predicting and reacting to customer service engagement, complaints, and experience.Increased productivity and better management of resources by focusing on the cost-benefit analysis.Risk mitigation and management.Stabilized environment for better alignment of IT and other divisions of your business.Reduced incidences of service failures.A growth in opportunities to network and collaborate with similar business models.Enhanced value of the organisation’s service portfolio.Agile adaptation to new technologies and comply faster to changing needs of the digital worldDirect rise in chances of an improved bottom line in your revenue statements.Thus, through this, it is clear that ITIL® is almost inevitable for business and must be implemented within organisations who wish to keep evolving with the times and achieve their ever-changing goals with the help of IT.To wrap it up, ITIL® is not just a straightforward skills course in IT. It equips the candidate with the requisite resources to apply the knowledge gained to the larger scope of their organization and align with business practices. This means that the candidate would have a practical hold over the best practices, especially when addressing all facets of IT management.
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