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ITIL product compliance criteria are no longer a secret

APMG have done the right thing by publishing the assessment criteria for ITIL compliance. I was tempted to say they had no option because the arrangement was so absurd. And it probably was the silliest thing in the ITIL world

Castle ITIL further degrade the standards of ITIL V3 certification and training

It is confirmed from multiple sources that APMG have raised the number of students per instructor for ITIL V3 Intermediate courses from 12 to 18. [Update: well strictly speaking I shouldn't blame APMG, it is the almost invisible IQB, the murky body that represents all the snouts at the trough of training (and not to be confused with itSMFI's International Qualifications & Certifications ESC - the IQC)]. This is clearly recognition that ITIL V3 certification is not about teaching people anything, and will serve only to reduce the perceived market value of an ITIL Intermediate certification. Add to that the fact that this has not been announced to the public (as far as I can detect) and you can see that ITIL certification is all about the industry not the customer.

A study in governance: comparing Castle ITIL with ISACA

It is always illuminating to use COBIT as a benchmark to study ITIL. In recent days, ISACA has announced another solid Board, whilst itSMF continues its infighting (see below), APMG expands its empire, TSO goes its own merry way unanswerable, and OGC tightens control over - and profit from - what everyone thought was public property (blog coming if I can ever unravel it all).

"Business" in ITIL?

Dear Wizard,

It's been a few days since I started to discover the world of ITIL and to study for the Foundation exam.
In the book(s) there is a number of "Business" words, and I cannot understand what side of business do they talk about: "Business Capacity Management", "Business Service (Management)", "Business Continuity Plan", "Pattern of Business Activity", etc. Their definitions are really puzzling.

One reason why OGC has to make some serious money out of ITIL and PRINCE2

Ever wonder why OGC is so commercially-motivated? It's unusual for a government department in a country with a committed goal to put publicly owned data into the public domain. For one clue, check out this list from the BBC of the UK's highest paid civil servants.

What is the difference between CMS and SKMS?

Dear The
I am prepping to take ITIL v3 Intermediate- Rel, Control & Validation and am confused on the difference between CMS and SKMS. The Service Transition book gives me the impression that the CMS is only the data & information layer of the SKMS and therefore the knowledge processing layer and presentation layer are not in the scope of the CMS. Is this correct?

Beats Me

What does it mean when there is a Second Edition of a core ITIL V3 book?

OGC released a Second Edition of The Introduction to the ITIL Service Lifecycle Book on 12th May. It is too soon for this to be part of the "v3.1" ITIL Update. So is it a major revision? No errata, no change-log (of this book), no way of knowing if you need to buy an updated version or not. This isn't Mills and Boone - these are reference books. The lack of information is ridiculous.

ITIL services are customer-facing, whatever catalogue they appear in

Oh dear it's an outbreak. I'm once again debating on a forum whether the services in the Technical Service Catalogue are different services from those in the Business Service Catalogue. And it shows up recently on a major website. I consider this concept of internal IT services as nothing short of tragic. Anyone who thinks the two catalogues could list different services clearly fails to grasp the whole fundamental point of service management, which is to get everyone to think in terms of the service delivered to the customer. And there are plenty of folk think that way, judging by early results in our latest poll.

How many ITIL Examination Institutes is enough?

In an announcement last week, APMG have appointed a ninth Examination Institute. Readers will recall these are the companies that are licensed by APMG and in turn accredit all the 350+ training organisations delivering ITIL training. The EIs also administer the exams using standardised question content but their own tests and their own delivery systems.

ITIL really is over the top of the hype curve

A couple of years ago I wrote about how ITIL was heading for the top of the Gartner Hype Curve . I feel it is now deep into the "Trough of Disillusionment" .

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