If you are convinced you have gone as far as you’d like to go with ITIL®, there are a number of options for what to study next. If you’d like to enter the world of project management, you could study PRINCE2® Foundation. As ITIL® and PRINCE2® are both AXELOS products, they complement each other and are designed to work together. In larger organisations and at the enterprise level, COBIT is a good complement to ITIL® because it provides a structure for effective IT governance with a broader scope of coverage. DevOps and ITIL® is also a combination worth looking at. The two approaches, although quite different in some ways, both seek to deliver the same goal: value to the business by focusing on the customer.
This official ITIL Foundation certification course provides you with a general overview of the IT Service Management Lifecycle which is outlined in ITIL’s five core books – Service Strategy, Service Design, Service Transition, Service Operation and Continual Service Improvement. ITIL’s “service lifecycle” consists of 26 processes and four functions.
The ITIL Practitioner certification is the newest entry to the ITIL certification scheme. This exam was offered for the first time in February 2016. As the name implies, the ITIL Practitioner certification is based on practical knowledge of ITIL processes and how those principles are implemented in the real world. An ITIL Practitioner can explain how to use the ITIL framework to support business objectives and focuses on organizational change management, communications, and measurement and metrics.

With 25 years of experience with Allstate Insurance Company Cathy Kirch has done it all. During her time with the company, she has held positions including Project Manager, Systems Architect, Database Engineer, Transaction Management Technician, Systems Programmer, Application Programmer and Systems trainer. Today, she remains with Allstate as an IT Process Consultant. Through these positions, Cathy has developed an undeniably strong grasp of ITIL and IT consultancy.
Although the certification covers all the five practice areas of the ITIL service lifecycle, including how the different lifecycle stages are linked to one another, an IT pro who completes the ITIL Foundation level will likely need to complete the Practitioner or Intermediate certification before being able to qualify for service management positions.
ITIL Intermediate (Capabilities Stream): Prescriptive modules with detailed views of the inputs, activities, concepts, metrics and outputs of each process, which develops capabilities for best practices of IT processes, rather than just management of them. They are most useful to those who will be taking part in the day-to-day practical activities described within each of the processes. 

Naturally, this kind of change cannot start with a blank canvas. The development of IT services should be driven by an awareness of current processes and management practices within an organization. Without this, an IT Service Management (ITSM) process will inevitably waste time, money and effort, giving competitors a chance to lure customers away with more efficient offerings.
Axelos and the ITIL Development Group, made up of more than 2,000 ITIL stakeholders worldwide, began working on an update to ITIL V3 in late 2017. That work continued throughout 2018, and Axelos has announced upcoming changes to the ITIL certifications known as ITIL 4. ITIL 4 will provide sweeping changes to the ITIL certification program to better align with the growing complexity of modern IT. ITIL 4 also changes some of the certification program terms and titles to align with the new ITIL 4 program structure. Here is a look at the new ITIL 4 program overview:
The ISS assessment operates through Licensed Software Assessors. Currently there are two companies listed as Licensed Software Assessors:[63] Pink Elephant, and Glenfis AG. In 1998[64] Pink Elephant released its PinkVerify assessment service, the 2011[65] version assesses a software tool against ITIL terminology, definitions, functionality and workflow requirements for the following 15 ITSM processes: Availability Management, Capacity Management, Change Management, Event Management, Financial Management, Incident Management, IT Service, Continuity Management, Knowledge Management, Problem Management, Release & Deployment Management, Request Fulfilment, Service Asset & Configuration Management, Service Catalogue Management, Service Level Management, Service Portfolio Management. Currently there are three tools holding the PinkVerify 2011 certification for those 15 ITIL processes:[66] CA Service Desk Manager Suite, Dexon Software V6 and SAP Solution Manager.
ITIL Intermediate (Lifecycle Stream): Addresses aspects of ITIL from a holistic, lifecycle perspective. Lifecycle may be more suited to those with managerial responsibility looking at the overall IT Service Management picture. The Service Strategy course in particular is very much rooted in the broader corporate strategy and governance environment.
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