We have seen discussions concerning ITIL framework ever since the development of the methodology in the later years of the 1980’s. Over the last twenty plus years ITIL has quickly become the de facto standard in Service Management all over the world.
We know how the ITIL came about and the circumstances under which it was developed, now lets take a closer look at the actual framework and talk briefly on how is can be used, when is can be used, and where it can be used.
We will begin with a short explanation of what the framework is so that we can get a good idea of why it is useful, and then we will take a closer look at the details or aspects of the ITIL Framework.
ITIL as a Best Practice Framework
The ITIL Framework as a methodology, documents industry best practice guidance. The framework had indeed proven its value over and over again from the very start of its lifetime.
At first the Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency, or the CCTA, gathered information on exactly how organizations actually addressed Service Management, they analyzed this information and went on to filter or pick of the issues that would prove as useful to the CCTA as well as to its customers based in the central Government of the United Kingdom.
Other organizations soon caught on and found that the guidance itself was vastly applicable and the markets that were outside of the Governments were soon created by the service industry.
This turned out to be very good for organizations as they would not have to change anything about their business’s, all they would need to do is to prepare their organizations IT Services for implementation.
What does the ITIL Framework actually do?
Being true its nature the ITIL Framework describes the contours of organizing Service Management. It constructs models that are designed to show the goals, activities, inputs and outputs of a variety of processes, which can also be incorporated with in Information Technology organizations.
One thing ITIL does not do is “cast in stone” each and every action that is required by an organization on a day to day basis. This is due to the fact that no organization will have the exact same actions that need to be performed every day; this is something that differs depending on the organization. What it does do is focus on the best practice that is able to be utilized in many different ways to meet the needs of an organization.
ITIL can now be used within various organizations along with the existing methods and activities in their Service Management, due to the practices that can be utilized to suit needs. The use of ITIL does not mean we are adopting a completely foreign and new way of thinking and acting.
It merely gives an organization the framework in which is needed to place existing methods and activities in a more cleanly structured context. If there is a lack of communication and cooperation between varying IT functions they can be eliminated or at the very least minimized by emphasizing the relationships between the processes with this very useful framework.
By emphasizing the relationships between the processes, any lack of communication and cooperation between various IT functions can be eliminated or minimized.
The framework in more detail
The ITIL framework is known for providing best practice, these practices can then be adopted by an organization. This can help an IT service management to;
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