What is ITIL?
ITIL® (IT Infrastructure Library®), is a set of best IT Service Management practices which have been adopted globally, making ITIL the most widely accepted approach to IT service management in the world. ITIL provides best practice guidance on how to manage IT infrastructure so as to streamline IT services in line with business expectations.
ITIL defines the organisational structure and skill requirements of for the IT operation and documents a set of operational management procedures to assist management of an IT operation and infrastructure to deliver business-focused services. Importantly, the operational procedures are supplier-independent and technology-neutral.
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ITIL 2011 Updates
ITIL is based around a set of 5 core titles (known as the ITIL Lifecycle Publication Suite) which have been updated recently in July 2011. The 5 core titles are:
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After taking into account users’ feedback and suggestions for improvement, TSO have updated the five core titles, which will make them easier to read and understand. The updated titles are designed to resolve any errors or inconsistencies in the content, and improve the publications by addressing certain issues (such as in the Change Control Log).
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ITIL Titles in Multiple Formats
The ITILv3 library was first published on 31 May 2007, with the ITIL 2011 Updates being released on the 31st July 2011. The ITIL library and individual titles are available in a wide range of formats:
- Soft covers
- Downloadable pdf (Adobe Digital Editions)
- Online subscription (single user)
- eBook (MobiPocket eBook) version
- Multiple user online subscription, which is applicable only to the Complete Publication Suite and/or the Official Introduction.
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Official ITIL Titles in Multiple Languages
The OGC, Van Haren and TSO are publishing an increasing range of official ITIL titles in languages other than English. French, German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch are just a few to name. Shop by Language to see our whole range of products in multiple languages.
ITIL has a comprehensive qualification scheme that allows IT service management professionals to gain recognition. The Official Accreditor for the ITIL examinations is the APM group.
There are currently four levels of ITIL certification, which are: Foundation, Intermediate, Expert and Master.
ITIL Foundation Certificates
At IT Governance EU we have a comprehensive range of ITIL Exam Guides and distance learning courses for the Foundation Certificate.
ITIL Intermediate Lifecycle Stream
There are a wide range of books and materials to help you study for your ITIL Intermediate Lifecycle Stream exam.
ITILv3 Intermediate Capability Stream
We have a comprehensive range of ITIL Exam Guides and distance learning courses for this Intermediate Capability Certificate.
Implementing ITIL can be a costly and time-consuming process as the amount of documentation needed to conform your business to IT Service Management best practices can be hundreds of pages. Our IT Service Management Documentation Toolkit makes ITIL implementation more easily achievable by providing you with all the documentation needed, including pre-written policies, procedures, templates and guidance.
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