Organizations and management systems cannot claim certification as "ITIL-compliant". An organization that has implemented ITIL guidance in IT Service Management (ITSM), may be able to achieve compliance with and seek certification under ISO/IEC 20000. However, while relatively closely aligned, ISO/IEC 20000 and ITIL Version 2 do not define identical processes.[59] This gap has become much wider with ITIL versions 2007 and 2011. ITIL now defines twice as many ITSM processes as ISO/IEC 20000 (26 compared to 13),[60] but there are also more subtle differences, for example:[61]
ITIL Intermediate certifications consist of multiple modules, each with different focuses and paths that can be selected. Take as few, or as many, intermediate qualifications as required to suit needs. The ITIL Intermediate level courses are the most helpful parts of the helpful framework in helping organizations implement and see results from ITIL.

Sunanda Gundavajhala, B.Tech, M.B.A, PMP has over 25 years of project management. She is a consultant, trainer on project management for different sectors and is the recipient of “Recognition of Excellence” award from PMI, USA and Woman Volunteer award from Hyderabad, India Chapter of PMI. She has contributed to the “Practice Standard on Scheduling, PMI” and also worked as the Liaison officer for PMIEF (Education Foundation) for the Hyderabad, India Chapter of PMI
ITIL® Foundation has no prerequisite, but every certification afterwards does. ITIL® Practitioner and the ITIL® Intermediates have a prerequisite of ITIL® Foundation. Those taking the ITIL® MALC exam must hold ITIL® Foundation certification and have gained 17 credits throughout the ITIL® scheme by studying ITIL® Foundation and a selection of ITIL® Intermediate qualifications.
Also, adoption of ITIL requires an understanding of the ITIL framework and a buy-in from folks at various levels. It’s as much about a cultural shift and embracing change as it is about knowing the best practices in IT service management. Any cultural shift requires you to have a sound understanding of ‘why’ you’re making that change. It’s a strong reason why a certification in ITIL makes sense. It validates that the individual is equipped with the basics like vocabulary, processes, hierarchy, goals, and IT’s alignment with the business. GamingWorks have conducted workshops with more than 4000 organizations around the world and every year for the last 15 years a top scoring ABC (Attitude, Behaviour, Culture) card has been ‘IT has too little understanding of business impact and priority’ – it seems that many do not know the why!
ITIL® Foundation has no prerequisite, but every certification afterwards does. ITIL® Practitioner and the ITIL® Intermediates have a prerequisite of ITIL® Foundation. Those taking the ITIL® MALC exam must hold ITIL® Foundation certification and have gained 17 credits throughout the ITIL® scheme by studying ITIL® Foundation and a selection of ITIL® Intermediate qualifications.
As I’ve mentioned before, ITIL certified professionals are an easy choice for hiring employers that want to make the best investment for their organization. The ROI is much higher for someone that already has the knowledge and ITIL training needed to start providing value right away, and may also be able to bring new ideas and strategies learned from taking the certification classes to make operations more efficient. And with more efficiency, the more that businesses save on cost. After all, IT is not generally not considered a revenue-generating department, so cost-savings are always top of mind.
By adopting the ITIL framework, companies ensure that their services are delivered according to a set of consistent, well-defined processes that incorporate best practices and processes, resulting in a predictable level of service for users. The benefits of ITIL include reduced cost of service development and deployment, improved customer satisfaction with service delivery, increased productivity from IT personnel, quality improvements, better management metrics of services and increased flexibility in adapting services to changing business requirements.

As IT becomes more important, SMBs are realizing the biggest benefits of maintaining ITIL-trained personnel on staff. Though no company wants to see IT projects fail, larger companies can usually absorb the loss of productivity, time and money that accompanies a failed IT service project. SMBs may not have the financial luxury of allowing an important IT project to fail owing to poor management and lack of processes. Thus, the value of an ITIL certification may be greater for enlightened companies that cannot afford IT project failures.
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