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ITIL
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The Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) defines the organisational structure and skill requirements of an information technology organisation and a set of standard operational management procedures and practices to allow the organisation to manage an IT operation and associated infrastructure. The operational procedures and practices are supplier independent and apply to all aspects within the IT Infrastructure.

ITIL was originally created by the CCTA under the auspices of the British government, and ITIL is a registered trademark of the UK Government's Office of Government Commerce (usually known as the OGC).

The 'library' itself continues to evolve, with version three, known as ITIL v3, being the current release. This comprises five distinct volumes: ITIL Service Strategy; ITIL Service Design; ITIL Service Transition; ITIL Service Operation; and ITIL Continual Service Improvement. These can be obtained from TSO Books, the publishers.

Within these sets are the specific descriptions and definitions of the various ITIL practices and disciplines.



Certification
There are three levels of certification for ITIL: Foundation Certificate, Practitioners Certificate and Managers Certificate. For those holding these certificates, we are maintaining the ITIL Certification Register. If you are qualified, please feel free to add your details.


ISO 20000
For corporate/organizational certification, the relevant emerging standard is ISO 20000. This is quickly emerging to be a central driver for ITSM, and is conceptually the framework within which ITIL itself operates


FAQ on ITIL
The 'open' ITIL FAQ is intended to answer a number of common questions, including those related to ITIL v2.


About this site
This site represents a community effort to explain and document ITIL as simply as possible. As an open site, you are invited to contribute. If you have ITIL knowledge, please help improve existing pages (click on edit below), and populate further pages (click on a question mark next to an undefined term). Together, we can create the definitive guide to ITIL...


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THE OPEN GUIDE


This is an Open and Public Site for ITIL professionals and students. It is maintained by the ITIL community itself. Please feel free to contribute.



THE ITIL BOOKS


The ITIL volumes themselves are supplied worldwide via the publishers, TSO Books.



ONLINE COMMUNITIES


To interact directly on ITIL related issues, the major user forums are the ITIL Community and the ITIL Yahoo Group