Amongst many IT Best Practices that our team is specializing on, one of them is called Information Technology Infrastructure Library.
ITIL contains a comprehensive set of best practices that are used to develop and execute IT service management.
It offers a number of benefits including:
– increased competitive advantage through cost reduction, growth, and agility;
– more business efficiency through streamlining of IT processes;
– enhanced IT value through business and IT operational and goal alignment;
– and improved internal customer and user satisfaction.
There are many important things you should know about ITIL, but we would like to share with you only 7 tips:
#1: To be successful, ITIL stresses the need for a strong executive sponsor
Implementing ITIL practices is a culture change initiative. People are going to complain about having to do things differently than they did in the past. You need a strong sponsor to push the change. If you don’t have one, don’t attempt the implementation—or look for limited success.
#2: ITIL is not project management
ITIL does not focus on creating things like projects do. Instead it focuses on delivering IT services to the company.
You need to align with your organization vision statement whenever you want to implement ITIL. Normally, the data and reporting received from implementing ITIL will enable the IT leaders to be an informed decision makers.
#3: Despite its popularity, little content is available on ITIL
ITIL is a set of approaches and best practices. It is a model for IT service delivery. It does contain some processes and templates, but it is not a methodology and does not contain all the implementation details. Companies that want to use ITIL can follow the overall guidelines and then develop the more detailed processes that make sense for the individual organization.
This is where our team can help you with. We assist your organization to develop practical and relevant processes that make sense to your organization.
#4: ITIL is not a tool
You can implement many aspects of ITIL using tools, but tools are not required. If your organization is small, simple templates and spreadsheets may be all you need. If your organization is large, you may need to find appropriate software tools to help.
ServiceNow is a popular tool nowadays. We work with partners that can integrate this tool within your organization.
#5: ITIL is not an all-or-nothing proposition
Since ITIL is a series of approaches in different areas, a company can implement some or the entire overall model. There is no rule that you have to implement everything.
If your organization need to know more about ITIL and how to implement them, our team conducted in-house awareness and coaching session for this purposes.
#6: You can implement ITIL in stages
There is also no rule that you have to implement the entire ITIL model at once. Many organizations implement ITIL in phases over a period of time.
Hence, you need to assess whether “Are you ITIL ready?”. We provide an the “Are you ITIL ready” assessment services for this purposes, so that you organization would not implement a big, white elephant projects.
#7: ITIL is constantly updated
You need to always keep abreast with the changes on the new processes as IT technology constantly evolved and changed. eg. Shadow IT required more governance on enterprise architecture, IT consumerization concentrate on program management office framework for cloud deployment and IT staff colocate with business counterparts.
You can invest your team in getting them certified and losing them in couple of years as they are most sought for and move to other jobs. Or engage us as your partner – we will be here as long as you need us….