What is ITIL®?

ITIL is the most widely adopted approach for IT Service Management in the world. It provides a practical, no-nonsense framework for identifying, planning, delivering and supporting IT services to the business.

ITIL: Overview and Benefits

ITIL advocates that IT services must be aligned to the needs of the business and underpin the core business processes. It provides guidance to organizations on how to use IT as a tool to facilitate business change, transformation and growth.

The ITIL best practices are currently detailed within five core publications which provide a systematic and professional approach to the management of IT services, enabling organizations to deliver appropriate services and continually ensure they are meeting business goals and delivering benefits.

The five core guides map the entire ITIL Service Lifecycle, beginning with the identification of customer needs and drivers of IT requirements, through to the design and implementation of the service into operation and finally, on to the monitoring and improvement phase of the service.

Adopting ITIL can offer users a huge range of benefits - see the Key Benefits of ITIL page for full details.

For further information on the ITIL Service Management approach and its benefits, see pdf ITIL: The Basics White Paper.

For further information on the Benefits of ITIL, see pdf Executive Briefing: ITIL Benefits.

ITIL Users

ITIL has been adopted by thousands of organizations worldwide, such as NASA, the UK National Health Service (NHS), HSBC bank and Disney™. ITIL is also supported by quality services from a wide range of providers including examination institutes, accredited training providers and consultancies, software and tool vendors and well known service providers such as IBM, Telefonica, HP and British telecom (BT).

A comprehensive qualifications scheme offering a variety of training courses and certifications has been developed against the guidance. This scheme can help organizations to effectively implement ITIL, achieving success by ensuring that employees have the relevant knowledge, skills and techniques, but most importantly, ensuring the entire organization is using a common language and are fully invested in the process.

ITIL Best Practices also underpin the foundations of ISO/IEC 20000 (previously BS15000), the International Service Management Standard for organizational certification and compliance. Organizations can therefore implement ITIL to achieve organizational certification.

Read the ITIL overview brochure here.

Further ITIL Resources

Further information on ITIL, its practical application and benefits can be downloaded from the AXELOS website. See the links below to access this information:

ITIL Technical and White Papers - a series of papers on ITIL and its alignment with other service management approaches.

pdf Using PRINCE2 and ITIL together - this Case Study explains how using ITIL and PRINCE2® helped successfully set up an offshore service desk.

pdf Disney's ITIL Journey - a case study on Disney's adoption of ITIL.