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The Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) is a set of concepts and practices for Information Technology Services Management (ITSM), Information Technology (IT) development and IT operations.
ITIL gives detailed descriptions of a number of important IT practices and provides comprehensive checklists, tasks and procedures that any IT organization can tailor to its needs. ITIL is published in a series of books, each of which covers an IT management topic. The names ITIL and IT Infrastructure Library are registered trademarks of the United Kingdom's Office of Government Commerce (OGC).
Responding to growing dependence on IT, the UK Government's Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency (CCTA) in the 1980s developed a set of recommendations. It recognized that without standard practices, government agencies and private sector contracts were independently creating their own IT management practices.
The IT Infrastructure Library originated as a collection of books, each covering a specific practice within IT Service Management. ITIL was built around a process-model based view of controlling and managing operations often credited to W. Edwards Deming and his plan-do-check-act (PDCA) cycle.
After the initial publication in 1989–1996, the number of books quickly grew within ITIL v1 to over 30 volumes.,
In 2000/2001, to make ITIL more accessible (and affordable), ITIL v2 consolidated the publications into 8 logical "sets" that grouped related process-guidelines to match different aspects of IT management, applications, and services. However, the main focus was known as the Service Management sets (Service Support and Service Delivery) which were by far the most widely used, circulated, and understood of ITIL v2 publications.
- In April 2001 the CCTA was merged into the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), an office of the UK Treasury.
- In 2006, the ITIL v2 glossary was published.
- In May 2007, this organization issued the version 3 of ITIL (also known as the ITIL Refresh Project) consisting of 26 processes and functions, now grouped under only 5 volumes, arranged around the concept of Service lifecycle structure.
- In 2009, the OGC officially announced that ITIL v2 would be withdrawn and launched a major consultation as per how to proceed.
 Overview of the ITIL v2 library
The eight ITIL version 2 books and their disciplines are:
The IT Service Management sets
Other operational guidance
- 3. ICT Infrastructure Management
- 4. Security Management
- 5. The Business Perspective
- 6. Application Management
- 7. Software Asset Management
To assist with the implementation of ITIL practices a further book was published (Apr 9, 2002) providing guidance on implementation (mainly of Service Management):
And this has more recently (Jan 26, 2006) been supplemented with guidelines for smaller IT units, not included in the original eight publications:
- 9. ITIL Small-Scale Implementation
 Service Support
The Service Support ITIL discipline focuses on the User of the ICT services and is primarily concerned with ensuring that they have access to the appropriate services to support the business functions.
To a business, customers and users are the entry point to the process model. They get involved in service support by:
- Asking for changes
- Needing communication, updates
- Having difficulties, queries.
- Real process delivery
The service desk functions as the single contact-point for end-users' incidents. Its first function is always to "create" an incident. If there is a direct solution, it attempts to resolve the incident at the first level. If the service desk cannot solve the incident then it is passed to a 2nd/3rd level group within the incident management system. Incidents can initiate a chain of processes: Incident Management, Problem Management, Change Management, Release Management and Configuration Management. This chain of processes is tracked using the Configuration Management Database (CMDB), which records each process, and creates output documents for traceability (Quality Management).
 Service Desk / Service Request Management
Tasks include handling incidents and requests, and providing an interface for other ITSM processes. Features include:
- single point of contact (SPOC) and not necessarily the first point of contact (FPOC)
- single point of entry
- single point of exit
- easier for customers
- data integrity
- streamlined communication channel
Primary functions of the Service Desk include:
- incident control: life-cycle management of all service requests
- communication: keeping the customer informed of progress and advising on workarounds
The Service Desk function can have various names, such as:
- Call Center: main emphasis on professionally handling large call volumes of telephone-based transactions
- Help Desk: manage, co-ordinate and resolve incidents as quickly as possible at primary support level
- Service Desk: not only handles incidents, problems and questions but also provides an interface for other activities such as change requests, maintenance contracts, software licenses, service-level management, configuration management, availability management, financial management and IT services continuity management
The three types of structure for consideration:
- Local Service Desk: to meet local business needs - practical only until multiple locations requiring support services are involved
- Central Service Desk: for organizations having multiple locations - reduces operational costs and improves usage of available resources
- Virtual Service Desk: for organizations having multi-country locations - can be situated and accessed from anywhere in the world due to advances[when?] in network performance and telecommunications, reducing operational costs and improving usage of available resources
 Incident Management
Incident Management aims to restore normal service operation as quickly as possible and minimize the adverse effect on business operations, thus ensuring that the best possible levels of service-quality and -availability are maintained. 'Normal service operation' is defined here as service operation within Service Level Agreement (SLA) limits.
Incident Management can be defined as :
An 'Incident' is any event which is not part of the standard operation of the service and which causes, or may cause, an interruption or a reduction of the quality of the service.
The objective of Incident Management is to restore normal operations as quickly as possible with the least possible impact on either the business or the user, at a cost-effective price.
 Problem Management
Problem Management aims to resolve the root causes of incidents and thus to minimize the adverse impact of incidents and problems on business that are caused by errors within the IT infrastructure, and to prevent recurrence of incidents related to these errors. A 'problem' is an unknown underlying cause of one or more incidents, and a 'known error' is a problem that is successfully diagnosed and for which either a work-around or a permanent resolution has been identified. The CCTA(Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency) defines problems and known errors as follows
- A problem is a condition often identified as a result of multiple incidents that exhibit common symptoms. Problems can also be identified from a single significant incident, indicative of a single error, for which the cause is unknown, but for which the impact is significant.
- A known error is a condition identified by successful diagnosis of the root cause of a problem, and the subsequent development of a work-around.
Problem management differs from incident management. The principal purpose of problem management is to find and resolve the root cause of a problem and thus prevent further incidents; the purpose of incident management is to return the service to normal level as soon as possible, with smallest possible business impact.
The problem-management process is intended to reduce the number and severity of incidents and problems on the business, and report it in documentation to be available for the first-line and second line of the help desk. The proactive process identifies and resolves problems before incidents occur. Such processes include:
- Trend analysis;
- Targeting support action;
- Providing information to the organization
The Error Control Process iteratively diagnoses known errors until they are eliminated by the successful implementation of a change under the control of the Change Management process.
The Problem Control Process aims to handle problems in an efficient way. Problem control identifies the root cause of incidents and reports it to the service desk. Other activities are:
- Problem identification and recording
- Problem classification
- Problem investigation and diagnosis
A technique for identifying the root cause of a problem is to use an Ishikawa diagram, also referred to as a cause-and-effect diagram, tree diagram, or fishbone diagram. Alternatively, a formal Root Cause Analysis method such as Apollo Root Cause Analysis can be implemented and used to identify causes and solutions. An effective root cause analysis method and/or tool will provide the most effective/efficient solutions to address problems in the Problem Management process.
 Change Management
Change Management aims to ensure that standardised methods and procedures are used for efficient handling of all changes,
A change is "an event that results in a new status of one or more configuration items (CIs)" approved by management, cost effective, enhances business process changes (fixes) - with a minimum risk to IT infrastructure.
The main aims of Change Management include:
- Minimal disruption of services
- Reduction in back-out activities
- Economic utilization of resources involved in the change
 Change Management Terminology
- Change: the addition, modification or removal of CIs
- Change Request (CR): form used to record details of a request for a change and is sent as an input to Change Management by the Change Requestor
- Forward Schedule of Changes (FSC): schedule that contains details of all forthcoming Changes.
 Release Management
Release Management is used by the software migration team for platform-independent and automated distribution of software and hardware, including license controls across the entire IT infrastructure. Proper software and hardware control ensures the availability of licensed, tested, and version-certified software and hardware, which functions as intended when introduced into existing infrastructure. Quality control during the development and implementation of new hardware and software is also the responsibility of Release Management. This guarantees that all software meets the demands of the business processes.
The goals of release management include:
- Planning the rollout of software
- Designing and implementing procedures for the distribution and installation of changes to IT systems
- Effectively communicating and managing expectations of the customer during the planning and rollout of new releases
- Controlling the distribution and installation of changes to IT systems
Release management focuses on the protection of the live environment and its services through the use of formal procedures and checks.
A Release consists of the new or changed software and/or hardware required to implement approved changes.
Release categories include:
- Major software releases and major hardware upgrades, normally containing large amounts of new functionality, some of which may make intervening fixes to problems redundant. A major upgrade or release usually supersedes all preceding minor upgrades, releases and emergency fixes.
- Minor software releases and hardware upgrades, normally containing small enhancements and fixes, some of which may have already been issued as emergency fixes. A minor upgrade or release usually supersedes all preceding emergency fixes.
- Emergency software and hardware fixes, normally containing the corrections to a small number of known problems.
Releases can be divided based on the release unit into:
- Delta Release: a release of only that part of the software which has been changed. For example, security patches.
- Full Release: the entire software program is deployed—for example, a new version of an existing application.
- Packaged Release: a combination of many changes—for example, an operating system image which also contains specific applications.
 Configuration Management
 Service Delivery
The Service Delivery  discipline concentrates on the proactive services the ICT must deliver to provide adequate support to business users. It focuses on the business as the customer of the ICT services (compare with: Service Support). The discipline consists of the following processes, explained in subsections below:
- Service Level Management
- Capacity Management
- IT Service Continuity Management
- Availability Management
- Financial Management
 Service Level Management
Service Level Management provides for continual identification, monitoring and review of the levels of IT services specified in the service level agreements (SLAs). Service Level Management ensures that arrangements are in place with internal IT Support-Providers and external suppliers in the form of Operational Level Agreements (OLAs) and Underpinning Contracts (UCs), respectively. The process involves assessing the impact of change upon service quality and SLAs. The service level management process is in close relation with the operational processes to control their activities. The central role of Service Level Management makes it the natural place for metrics to be established and monitored against a benchmark.
Service Level Management is the primary interface with the customer (as opposed to the user serviced by the Service Desk). Service Level Management is responsible for:
- ensuring that the agreed IT services are delivered when and where they are supposed to be
- liaising with Availability Management, Capacity Management, Incident Management and Problem Management to ensure that the required levels and quality of service are achieved within the resources agreed with Financial Management
- producing and maintaining a Service Catalog (a list of standard IT service options and agreements made available to customers)
- ensuring that appropriate IT Service Continuity plans exist to support the business and its continuity requirements.
The Service Level Manager relies on the other areas of the Service Delivery process to provide the necessary support which ensures the agreed services are provided in a cost-effective, secure and efficient manner.
 Capacity Management
Capacity Management supports the optimum and cost-effective provision of IT services by helping organizations match their IT resources to business demands. The high-level activities include:
- Application Sizing
- Workload Management
- Demand Management
- Capacity Planning
- Resource Management
- Performance Management
IT Service Continuity management covers the processes by which plans are put in place and managed to ensure that IT Services can recover and continue even after a serious incident occur. It is not just about reactive measures, but also about proactive measures - reducing the risk of a disaster in the first instance.
Continuity management is regarded by the application owners as the recovery of the IT infrastructure used to deliver IT Services, but as of 2009[update] many businesses practice the much further-reaching process of Business Continuity Planning (BCP), to ensure that the whole end-to-end business process can continue should a serious incident occur (at primary support level).
Continuity management involves the following basic steps:
- Prioritizing the activities to be recovered by conducting a Business Impact Analysis (BIA)
- Performing a Risk Assessment (aka risk analysis) for each of the IT Services to identify the assets, threats, vulnerabilities and countermeasures for each service.
- Evaluating the options for recovery
- Producing the Contingency Plan
- Testing, reviewing, and revising the plan on a regular basis
 Availability Management
Availability Management targets allowing organisations to sustain the IT service-availability to support the business at a justifiable cost. The high-level activities are Realise Availability Requirements, Compile Availability Plan, Monitor Availability, and Monitor Maintenance Obligations.
Availability Management addresses the ability of an IT component to perform at an agreed level over a period of time.
- Reliability: Ability of an IT component to perform at an agreed level at described conditions.
- Maintainability: The ability of an IT component to remain in, or be restored to an operational state.
- Serviceability: The ability for an external supplier to maintain the availability of component or function under a third-party contract.
- Resilience: A measure of freedom from operational failure and a method of keeping services reliable. One popular method of resilience is redundancy.
- Security: A service may have associated data. Security refers to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of that data. Availability gives a clear overview of the end-to-end availability of the system.
 Financial Management for IT Services
IT Financial Management comprises the discipline of ensuring that the IT infrastructure is obtained at the most effective price (which does not necessarily mean cheapest) and calculating the cost of providing IT services so that an organisation can understand the costs of its IT services. These costs may then be recovered from the customer of the service. This is the 2nd component of service delivery process.
 ICT Infrastructure Management
ICT Infrastructure Management  ("ICT" is an acronym for "Information and Communication Technology") processes recommend best practice for requirements analysis, planning, design, deployment and ongoing operations management and technical support of an ICT Infrastructure.
The Infrastructure Management processes describe those processes within ITIL that directly relate to the ICT equipment and software that is involved in providing ICT services to customers.
- ICT Design and Planning
- ICT Deployment
- ICT Operations
- ICT Technical Support
These disciplines are less well understood than those of Service Management and therefore often some of their content is believed to be covered 'by implication' in Service Management disciplines.
 ICT Design and Planning
ICT Design and Planning provides a framework and approach for the Strategic and Technical Design and Planning of ICT infrastructures. It includes the necessary combination of business (and overall IS) strategy, with technical design and architecture. ICT Design and Planning drives both the Procurement of new ICT solutions through the production of Statements of Requirement ("SOR") and Invitations to Tender ("ITT") and is responsible for the initiation and management of ICT Programmes for strategic business change. Key Outputs from Design and Planning are:
- ICT Strategies, Policies and Plans
- The ICT Overall Architecture & Management Architecture
- Feasibility Studies, ITTs and SORs
- Business Cases
 ICT Deployment Management
ICT Deployment provides a framework for the successful management of design, build, test and roll-out (deploy) projects within an overall ICT programme. It includes many project management disciplines in common with PRINCE2, but has a broader focus to include the necessary integration of Release Management and both functional and non functional testing.
 ICT Operations Management
ICT Operations Management provides the day-to-day technical supervision of the ICT infrastructure. Often confused with the role of Incident Management from Service Support, Operations has a more technical bias and is concerned not solely with Incidents reported by users, but with Events generated by or recorded by the Infrastructure. ICT Operations may often work closely alongside Incident Management and the Service Desk, which are not-necessarily technical, to provide an 'Operations Bridge'. Operations, however should primarily work from documented processes and procedures and should be concerned with a number of specific sub-processes, such as: Output Management, Job Scheduling, Backup and Restore, Network Monitoring/Management, System Monitoring/Management, Database Monitoring/Management Storage Monitoring/Management. Operations are responsible for:
- A stable, secure ICT infrastructure
- A current, up to date Operational Documentation Library ("ODL")
- A log of all operational Events
- Maintenance of operational monitoring and management tools.
- Operational Scripts
- Operational Procedures
 ICT Technical Support
ICT Technical Support is the specialist technical function for infrastructure within ICT. Primarily as a support to other processes, both in Infrastructure Management and Service Management, Technical Support provides a number of specialist functions: Research and Evaluation, Market Intelligence (particularly for Design and Planning and Capacity Management), Proof of Concept and Pilot engineering, specialist technical expertise (particularly to Operations and Problem Management), creation of documentation (perhaps for the Operational Documentation Library or Known Error Database). There are different levels of support under the ITIL structure, these being primary support level, secondary support level and tertiary support level, higher-level administrators being responsible for support at primary level.
 Security Management
The ITIL-process Security Management describes the structured fitting of information security in the management organization. ITIL Security Management is based on the code of practice for information security management now known as ISO/IEC 27002.
A basic goal of Security Management is to ensure adequate information security. The primary goal of information security, in turn, is to protect information assets against risks, and thus to maintain their value to the organization. This is commonly expressed in terms of ensuring their confidentiality, integrity and availability, along with related properties or goals such as authenticity, accountability, non-repudiation and reliability.
Mounting pressure for many organizations to structure their Information Security Management Systems in accordance with ISO/IEC 27001 requires revision of the ITIL v2 Security Management volume, and indeed a v3 release is in the works.
 The Business Perspective
ITIL gives the name "The Business Perspective" to the collection of best practices that is suggested to address some of the issues often encountered in understanding and improving IT service provision, as a part of the entire business requirement for high IS quality management. These issues are:
- Business Continuity Management describes the responsibilities and opportunities available to the business manager to improve what is, in most organizations one of the key contributing services to business efficiency and effectiveness.
- Surviving Change. IT infrastructure changes can impact the manner in which business is conducted or the continuity of business operations. It is important that business managers take notice of these changes and ensure that steps are taken to safeguard the business from adverse side effects.
- Transformation of business practice through radical change helps to control IT and to integrate it with the business.
- Partnerships and outsourcing
 Application Management
ITIL Application Management set encompasses a set of best practices proposed to improve the overall quality of IT software development and support through the life-cycle of software development projects, with particular attention to gathering and defining requirements that meet business objectives.
This volume is related to the topics of Software Engineering and IT Portfolio Management.
 Software Asset Management
Software Asset Management (SAM) is the practice of integrating people, processes and technology to allow software licenses and usage to be systematically tracked, evaluated and managed. The goal of SAM is to reduce IT expenditures, human resource overhead and risks inherent in owning and managing software assets.
SAM practices include:
- Maintaining software license compliance
- Tracking inventory and software asset use
- Maintaining standard policies and procedures surrounding definition, deployment, configuration, use, and retirement of software assets and the Definitive Software Library.
SAM represents the software component of IT asset management. This includes hardware asset management because effective hardware inventory controls are critical to efforts to control software. This means overseeing software and hardware that comprise an organization’s computers and network.
 Planning to implement service management
The ITIL discipline - Planning To Implement Service Management  attempts to provide practitioners with a framework for the alignment of business needs and IT provision requirements. The processes and approaches incorporated within the guidelines suggest the development of a Continuous Service Improvement Program (CSIP) as the basis for implementing other ITIL disciplines as projects within a controlled program of work. Planning To Implement Service Management focuses mainly on the Service Management processes, but also applies generically to other ITIL disciplines. Components include:
- creating vision
- analyzing organization
- setting goals
- implementing IT service management
 Small-Scale Implementation
ITIL Small-Scale Implementation  provides an approach to ITIL framework implementation for smaller IT units or departments. It is primarily an auxiliary work that covers many of the same best practice guidelines as Planning To Implement Service Management, Service Support, and Service Delivery but provides additional guidance on the combination of roles and responsibilities, and avoiding conflict between ITIL priorities.
 Overview of the ITIL v3 library
Five volumes comprise the ITIL v3, published in May 2007:
- 1. ITIL Service Strategy
- 2. ITIL Service Design
- 3. ITIL Service Transition
- 4. ITIL Service Operation
- 5. ITIL Continual Service Improvement
 Service Strategy
As the center and origin point of the ITIL Service Lifecycle, the ITIL Service Strategy volume provides guidance on clarification and prioritization of service-provider investments in services. More generally, Service Strategy focuses on helping IT organizations improve and develop over the long term. In both cases, Service Strategy relies largely upon a market-driven approach. Key topics covered include service value definition, business-case development, service assets, market analysis, and service provider types. List of covered processes:
 Service Design
The ITIL Service Design volume provides good-practice guidance on the design of IT services, processes, and other aspects of the service management effort. Significantly, design within ITIL is understood to encompass all elements relevant to technology service delivery, rather than focusing solely on design of the technology itself. As such, Service Design addresses how a planned service solution interacts with the larger business and technical environments, service management systems required to support the service, processes which interact with the service, technology, and architecture required to support the service, and the supply chain required to support the planned service. Within ITIL v2, design work for an IT service is aggregated into a single Service Design Package (SDP). Service Design Packages, along with other information about services, are managed within the service catalogs. List of covered processes:
- Service Catalogue Management
- Service Level Management
- Risk Management
- Capacity Management
- Availability Management
- IT Service Continuity Management
- Information Security Management
- Compliance Management
- IT Architecture Management
- Supplier Management
 Service Transition
Service transition, as described by the ITIL Service Transition volume, relates to the delivery of services required by a business into live/operational use, and often encompasses the "project" side of IT rather than "BAU" (Business as usual). This area also covers topics such as managing changes to the "BAU" environment.
List of processes:
- Service Asset and Configuration Management
- Service Validation and Testing
- Release Management
- Change Management
- Knowledge Management
 Service Operation
Best practice for achieving the delivery of agreed levels of services both to end-users and the customers (where "customers" refer to those individuals who pay for the service and negotiate the SLAs). Service operation, as described in the ITIL Service Operation volume, is the part of the lifecycle where the services and value is actually directly delivered. Also the monitoring of problems and balance between service reliability and cost etc. are considered. The functions include technical management, application management, operations management and Service Desk as well as, responsibilities for staff engaging in Service Operation.
List of processes:
 Continual Service Improvement (CSI)
Aligning and realigning IT services to changing business needs (because standstill implies decline).
Continual Service Improvement, defined in the ITIL Continual Service Improvement volume, aims to align and realign IT Services to changing business needs by identifying and implementing improvements to the IT services that support the Business Processes. The perspective of CSI on improvement is the business perspective of service quality, even though CSI aims to improve process effectiveness, efficiency and cost effectiveness of the IT processes through the whole lifecycle. To manage improvement, CSI should clearly define what should be controlled and measured.
CSI needs to be treated just like any other service practice. There needs to be upfront planning, training and awareness, ongoing scheduling, roles created, ownership assigned,and activities identified to be successful. CSI must be planned and scheduled as process with defined activities, inputs, outputs, roles and reporting.
List of processes:
- Service Level Management
- Service Measurement and Reporting
- Continual Service Improvement
 Criticisms of ITIL
ITIL has been criticized on several fronts, including:
- The books are not affordable for non-commercial users
- Accusations that many ITIL advocates think ITIL is "a holistic, all-encompassing framework for IT governance";
- Accusations that proponents of ITIL indoctrinate the methodology with 'religious zeal' at the expense of pragmatism.
- Implementation and credentialing requires specific training
- Debate over ITIL falling under BSM or ITSM frameworks
As Jan van Bon (author and editor of many IT Service Management publications) notes,
- There is confusion about ITIL, stemming from misunderstandings about its nature. ITIL is, as the OGC states, a set of best practices. The OGC doesn't claim that ITIL's best practices describe pure processes. The OGC also doesn't claim that ITIL is a framework, designed as one coherent model. That is what most of its users make of it, probably because they have such a great need for such a model...
CIO Magazine columnist Dean Meyer has also presented some cautionary views of ITIL, including five pitfalls such as "becoming a slave to outdated definitions" and "Letting ITIL become religion." As he notes, "...it doesn't describe the complete range of processes needed to be world class. It's focused on ... managing ongoing services."
In a 2004 survey designed by Noel Bruton (author of "How to Manage the IT Helpdesk" and "Managing the IT Services Process"), organizations adopting ITIL were asked to relate their actual experiences in having implemented ITIL. Seventy-seven percent of survey respondents either agreed or strongly agreed that "ITIL does not have all the answers". ITIL exponents accept this, citing ITIL's stated intention to be non-prescriptive, expecting organizations to engage ITIL processes with existing process models. Bruton notes that the claim to non-prescriptiveness must be, at best, one of scale rather than absolute intention, for the very description of a certain set of processes is in itself a form of prescription.
While ITIL addresses in depth the various aspects of Service Management, it does not address enterprise architecture in such depth. Many of the shortcomings in the implementation of ITIL do not necessarily come about because of flaws in the design or implementation of the Service Management aspects of the business, but rather the wider architectural framework in which the business is situated. Because of its primary focus on Service Management, ITIL has limited utility in managing poorly designed enterprise architectures, or how to feed back into the design of the enterprise architecture.
Closely related to the Architectural criticism, ITIL does not directly address the business applications which run on the IT infrastructure; nor does it facilitate a more collaborative working relationship between development and operations teams. The trend toward a closer working relationship between development and operations is termed: DevOps. This trend is related to increased application release rates and the adoption of Agile software development methodologies. Traditional service management processes have struggled to support increased application release rates - due to lack of automation - and/or highly complex enterprise architecture.
Some researchers group ITIL with Lean, Six Sigma and Agile IT operations management. Applying Six Sigma techniques to ITIL brings the engineering approach to ITIL's framework. Applying Lean techniques promotes continuous improvement of the ITIL's best practices. However, ITIL itself is not a transformation method, nor does it offer one. Readers are required to find and associate such a method. Some vendors have also included the term Lean when discussing ITIL implementations, for example "Lean-ITIL". The initial consequences of an ITIL initiative tend to add cost with benefits promised as a future deliverable. ITIL does not provide usable methods "out of the box" to identify and target waste, or document the customer value stream as required by Lean, and measure customer satisfaction.[who?]
 Frameworks mapping to ITIL
The enhanced Telecom Operations Map eTOM published by the TeleManagement Forum offers a framework aimed at telecommunications service providers. In a joined effort, TM Forum and itSMF developed an Application Note to eTOM (GB921) that shows how the two frameworks can be mapped to each other. It addresses how eTom process elements and flows can be used to support the processes identified in ITIL.
 Variants of ITIL
IT Service Management as a concept is related but not equivalent to ITIL which, in Version 2, contained a subsection specifically entitled IT Service Management (ITSM). (The five volumes of version 3 have no such demarcated subsection). The combination of the Service Support and Service Delivery volumes are generally equivalent to the scope of the ISO/IEC 20000 standard (previously BS 15000), "BS" meaning British Standard.
The British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA) has developed the Framework for ICT Technical Support (FITS), based on ITIL, but slimmed down for UK primary and secondary schools (which often have very small IT departments). Similarly, The Visible OPS Handbook: Implementing ITIL in 4 Practical and Auditable Steps (Full book summary) claims to be based on ITIL but to focus specifically on the biggest "bang for the buck" elements of ITIL.
Organizations that need to understand how ITIL processes link to a broader range of IT processes or need task level detail to guide their service management implementation can use the IBM Tivoli Unified Process (ITUP). Like Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF), ITUP is aligned with ITIL, but is presented as a complete, integrated process model.
The certification scheme differs between ITIL v2 and ITIL v3 and bridge examinations let v2 certification owners transfer to the new program. ITIL v2 offers 3 certification levels: Foundation, Practitioner and Manager. These should be progressively discontinued in favour of the new ITIL v3 scheme. ITIL v3 certification levels are: Foundation, Intermediate, Expert and Master.
The ITIL v3 certification scheme offers a modular approach. Each qualification is assigned a credit value; so that upon successful completion of the module, the candidate is rewarded with both a certification and a number of credits. At the lowest level - Foundation - candidates are awarded a certification and 2 credits. At the Intermediate level, a total of 15 credits must be earned. These credits may be accumulated in either a "Lifecycle" stream or a "Capability" stream; or combination thereof. Each Lifecycle module and exam is 3 credits. Each Capability module and corresponding exam is 4 credits. A candidate wanting to achieve the Expert level will have, among other requirements, to gain the required number of credits (22). That is accomplished with two from Foundations, then 15 from Intermediate, and finally 5 credits from the "Managing Across the Lifecycle" exam. Together, the total of 22 earned credits designates one as ITIL v. 3 Expert.
The ITIL Certification Management Board (ICMB) manages ITIL certification. The Board includes representatives from interested parties within the community around the world. Members of the Board include (though are not limited to) representatives from the UK Office of Government Commerce (OGC), APM Group (APMG), The Stationery Office (TSO), V3 Examination Panel, Examination Institutes (EIs) and the IT Service Management Forum International (itSMF) as the recognized user group.
Since the early 1990s, EXIN and ISEB have been setting up the ITIL based certification program, developing and providing ITIL exams at three different levels: Foundation, Practitioner and Manager. EXIN and BCS/ISEB (the British Computer Society) have from that time onwards been the only two examination providers in the world to develop formally acknowledged ITIL certifications, provide ITIL exams and accredit ITIL training providers worldwide. These rights were obtained from OGC, the British government institution and owner of the ITIL trademark. OGC signed over the management of the ITIL trademark and the accreditation of examination providers to APMG in 2006. Now, after signing a contract with EXIN and BCS/ISEB, APMG is accrediting them as official examination bodies, providing APMG’s ITIL exams and accrediting ITIL training providers.
APMG maintains a voluntary register of ITIL Version 3-certified practitioners at their Successful Candidate Register. A voluntary registry of ITIL Version 2-certified practitioners is operated by the ITIL Certification Register.
Organizations and management systems cannot claim certification as "ITIL-compliant". An organization that has implemented ITIL guidance in IT Service Management (ITSM), may however, be able to achieve compliance with and seek certification under ISO/IEC 20000. Note that there are some significant differences between ISO/IEC20000 and ITIL Version 3 
- ISO20000 only recognizes the management of financial assets, not assets which include "management, organization, process, knowledge, people, information, applications, infrastructure and financial capital", nor the concept of a "service asset". So ISO20000 certification does not address the management of 'assets' in an ITIL sense.
- ISO20000 does not recognize Configuration Management System (CMS) or Service Knowledge Management System (SKMS), and so does not certify anything beyond Configuration Management Database (CMDB).
- An organization can obtain ISO20000 certification without recognizing or implementing the ITIL concept of Known Error, which is usually considered essential to ITIL.
 See also
- Business Information Services Library
- ISO/IEC 20000
- Performance engineering
- RPR Problem Diagnosis
- Run Book Automation (RBA)
- Granular Configuration Automation
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- ^ Office of Government Commerce (UK). Retrieved August 19, 2009.
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