ITSM (IT Service Management)

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IT Service Management is a general term that describes a strategic approach for designing, delivering, managing and improving the way information technology (IT) is used within an organization. The goal of every IT Service Management framework is to ensure that the right processes, people and technology are in place so that the organization can meet its business goals.

Popular ITSM frameworks include:

COBIT - a framework for developing, implementing, monitoring and improving information technology (IT) governance and management practices. The COBIT framework is published by the IT Governance Institute and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

Microsoft Operations Framework - a series of 23 documents that guide IT professionals through the processes of creating, implementing and managing efficient and cost-effective services. Like ITIL, MOF includes guidelines for the entire lifecycle of an IT service, from concept to retirement or replacement.

ITSM frameworks and standards
Popular ITSM frameworks include Six Sigma, ITIL and COBIT.

Six Sigma - a management framework developed by Motorola. The framework emphasizes setting extremely high objectives, collecting data, and analyzing results to a fine degree as a way to reduce defects in products and services.

ISO 20000 - a global standard that describes the requirements for an ITSM system. Although the standard was developed by developed by the British Standards Institutions to mirror best practices described within the ITIL framework, it also supports other frameworks, such as Microsoft's Operations Framework.

TOGAF (The Open Group Architecture Framework) - provides a structured approach for organizations seeking to organize and govern their implementation of technology, particularly software technology.
TOGAF was created and is maintained by The Open Group, an independent industry association.

ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) - a framework that provides best practices for aligning IT with business needs. The most widely used framework for IT process management is ITIL v3, which has five parts: Strategy, Design, Transition, Operations and Continual Service Improvement. Ongoing development for ITIL has been vested in Axelos, a joint-venture company created by the U.K. Cabinet Office and Capita PLC. As of this writing, the most widely used framework for ITSM is ITIL v3. ITIL was created because there was a need for ITSM best practice in the late 1980’s and it has since become the de facto framework used by many organizations across the world. The framework has five parts: Strategy, Design, Transition, Operations and Continual Service Improvement.

This was last updated in February 2016

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What is the biggest challenge of selecting an ITSM framework or software tool?
In my opinion one of the biggest issue with the ITSM will come after making the decision on what framework to use, for me this is what makes so challenging deciding which ITSM framework to implement. Making the decision depended on some variables, actual & desired maturity level, complexity of the IT operability, IT department size, Company size, main IT operation (Support, Development, others). For each of this a ITSM framework will suite just perfect and other would just make a puzzle of it. In the company I’m working for right know, we are in the middle part of this decision taking process, starting it was challenging executing it probably more, but all ways kipping in mind one of the most impacting recommendation, “keep it simple”.
It is difficult for me to choose. Many vendors declare much more than testing.
I wanted to be a service manager in IT industry. Please let me know what type of certification will help me to achieve this role.
Please assist me with ITSM Tool for IT Audit in any Manufacturing Company.


Good Read! Throws light on the why & what of ITSM...
@Ekafie makes some great points. The decision should also be based on the scale and complexity of the service catalog and the desired scalability of the IT operation. 

The cost of implementing a service management strategy should be balanced against the value. In order to assess this, evaluate the skill level of your existing Service Management people, and the technology changes needed to deliver your chosen framework. 

It's important to also consider the frameworks in use by partners (if any) and their ability to integrate.
What is the biggest challenge of selecting an ITSM framework to the IT support services based on the SLA requirements?


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