An Intoructory Overview of Itil® V3

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Published in association with the Best Management Practice Partnership

The IT Service Management Forum

An Introductory Overview of ITIL® V3

A high-level overview of the

IT INFRASTRUCTURE LIBRARY

The IT Infrastructure Library

An Introductory Overview of ITIL® V3
Version 1.0
Written by: Alison Cartlidge Ashley Hanna Colin Rudd Ivor Macfarlane John Windebank Stuart Rance Alison Cartlidge Mark Lillycrop Xansa - Steria HP itEMS Ltd IBM Sun HP Xansa - Steria itSMF UK

Edited by: Published by:

The UK Chapter of the itSMF

With thanks to all those who took part in the review process. © Copyright itSMF Ltd, 2007 This version first published 2007 Based on other copyright material with the permission of the copyright owners. ITIL® is a Registered Trade Mark, and a Registered Community Trade Mark, of the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) and is registered in the US Patent and Trade Mark Office. PRINCE® is a Registered Trade Mark, and a Registered Community Trade Mark, of the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) and is registered in the US Patent and Trade Mark Office. COBIT® is a Registered Trade Mark of ISACA and the ITGA. CMM® is registered in the USA Patent and Trademark Office. PMBoK® is a Registered Trade Mark of the Project Management Institute. M_o_R ® is a Registered Trade Mark and a Registered Community Trade Mark of the Office of Government Commerce. © Crown copyright material reproduced with the kind permission of OGC on behalf of the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO). The Swirl logoTM is a Trademark of the Office of Government Commerce. ISBN 0-9551245-8-1 1

About this guide
ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) provides a framework of Best Practice guidance for IT Service Management and since its creation, ITIL has grown to become the most widely accepted approach to IT Service Management in the world. This pocket guide has been designed as an introductory overview for anyone who has an interest in or a need to understand more about the objectives, content and coverage of ITIL. Whilst this guide provides an overview, full details can be found in the actual ITIL publications themselves. This guide describes the key principles of IT Service Management and provides a high-level overview of each of the core publications within ITIL:

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Service Strategy Service Design Service Transition Service Operation Continual Service Improvement.

An overview of the qualifications scheme is also included. The advice contained within this guide is neither definitive nor prescriptive, but is based on ITIL Best Practice. The guidance in the ITIL publications is applicable generically and is of benefit to all IT organizations irrespective of their size or the technology in use. It is neither bureaucratic nor unwieldy if utilized sensibly and in full recognition of the business needs of the organization.

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Contents

About this Guide Contents 1 Introduction 2 What is Service Management? 3 What is ITIL? 4 Service Strategy 5 Service Design 6 Service Transition 7 Service Operation 8 Continual Service Improvement 9 Process Cross Reference 10 Qualifications 11 Related Standards and Other Sources 12 Summary Further Guidance and Contact Points Best Practice within ITIL About itSMF About the Partnership

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1 Introduction
It has become increasingly recognized that information is the most important strategic resource that any organization has to manage. Key to the collection, analysis, production and distribution of information within an organization is the quality of the IT Services provided to the business. It is essential that we recognize that IT Services are crucial, strategic, organizational assets and therefore organizations must invest appropriate levels of resource into the support, delivery and management of these critical IT Services and the IT systems that underpin them. However, these aspects of IT are often...
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