ITIL Implemented. Now What?

You can read much criticism about ITIL® these days, and how well, or how poorly, it is implemented. At the very least, ITIL is “just” a framework that helps you and your organization drive the change towards a more customer-focused and service-oriented service provider. ITIL supports this with a huge number of guidelines and should not be blamed for processes that are not implemented well. But, what is “implemented well” and what is “not”? How can you find out? Where can you get clear answers on what to improve?

The same situation exists in many organizations. The ITIL processes are defined, roles assigned, the tool configured accordingly and all the employees are trained. Some of them with intermediate grade, and one or two are even ITIL Experts. So, you would think everything is fine. Even so, it still does not work and there is no way to explain “why”. The implementation of changes—even of existing change requests—leads to even bigger challenges for everyone involved. See diagram below “Components for Controlled Service Environment CSE”.

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Suppliers are not managed (correctly), even though a supplier management process is in place. Despite monitoring of availability and performance, bottlenecks are not recognized in time. The teams are still not capable of making a distinction between incidents and problems.

Obviously, the process maturity is not where management expected it to be. How, and especially, where should one go about getting an optimal performance out of the Service Management System?

What is missing? Where, and how to improve? What is the exposure to risk in the current situation?

Our paper discusses a possible solution to the problem outlined in this article. How we, at Glenfis, adopted The Tudor IT Process Assessment (TIPA®) and how we benefitted from using assessment methods based on international standards. And, in turn, what customers gained from the assessment we provided them using the TIPA Toolbox.

With TIPA, measurement is not just “reading coffee grounds”, but a more robust approach based on a standard model.

If you would like to learn more about TIPA, watch this video “What is TIPA for ITIL?”

More information on the ITIL and TIPA courses is available in the ITpreneurs Course Catalog.

Need more information? Please visit the TIPA website or contact ITpreneurs.

Martin Andenmatten
Martin Andenmatten, Founder and Managing Director Glenfis AG. ITIL-Master, DPSM, CISA, CRISC, CGEIT, COBIT Certified Assessor. After years of involvement in systems technology in the large-computer segment, and in a client-server environment, Mr. Andenmatten managed various IT infrastructure projects. He leads substantial service management projects for different customers. He acquired his theoretical knowledge as a graduate in Business Informatics II and Business Economics FH. His practical experiences he has documented as the publisher and author of the books «ISO 20000: Praxishandbuch für Service Management und IT-Governance» and « Services managen mit ITIL».