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ITIL 2011


 

Four years after the introduction of ITIL® V3, the main guidance has been updated. This page highlights the changes and clarifications introduced with the new version ITIL 2011.

 

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Why the new ITIL 2011 Edition?

ITIL 2011 takes into account feedback from the user and training community.

As the official ITIL Update FAQs [1] state, "ITIL 2011 is an update, not a new version". No entirely new concepts have been added, but the aim of the update is to "resolve errors and inconsistencies in the text and diagrams across the whole suite".

 

A new Naming Convention for ITIL Editions

As ITIL V2 is about to be phased out, the latest edition is now referred to as "ITIL 2011" or simply "ITIL", while the term "ITIL 2007" is used for the first edition of ITIL V3.

 

ITIL 2007 and ITIL 2011: Differences

An ITIL 2011 summary of the updates is available at the Official ITIL Website. This provides an overview of the main changes and their underlying motivations, but not a detailed account of what precisely has changed where in the books.

ITIL 2011
ITIL 2011 Edition

While no entirely new concepts have been added in ITIL 2011, at first sight it is obvious that the ITIL 2011 books are a lot thicker than the 2007 edition, so in fact a substantial amount of content has been added and it would be wrong to dismiss the modifications as merely 'cosmetic'.

There are a few new processes, while others are described in greater detail. Apart from these bigger changes, many clarifications and enhancements were introduced throughout all parts of the books on a smaller scale. As a result, it is (in our view) almost impossible to compare the two editions and come up with a detailed and complete list of all changes.

But we are able to highlight the more important differences: As we brought our ITIL Process Map and this ITIL Wiki in line with ITIL 2011, we recorded the modifications in a change log. We think the change log is the best information we can provide on what has changed in ITIL 2011, so we decided to publish it here.

 

ITIL 2007 vs. ITIL 2011: Changes in Service Strategy

General

Strategy Management for IT Services

  • In the previous ITIL V3 (2007) version, strategic assessments and the development of the service strategy were performed under Service Portfolio Management.

Service Portfolio Management

  • Strategic assessments and the development of the service strategy were removed from the process.

Demand Management

  • The previous edition of the ITIL® Process Map treated Demand Management as part of Capacity Management. Since the latest guidance includes clarifications on the differences in scope between Demand and Capacity Management, a dedicated Demand Management process has been introduced as part of Service Strategy.
  • The role Demand Manager has been introduced to perform the activities in the Demand Management process.

Financial Management for IT Services

Business Relationship Management

 

ITIL 2007 vs. ITIL 2011: Changes in Service Design

General

  • In ITIL 2011 the process interfaces of all Service Design processes have been adapted following the introduction of the new Design Coordination process.

Design Coordination

  • Design Coordination has been added as a new process, in line with the latest ITIL 2011 guidance.
  • Design Coordination is now responsible for coordinating the design activities carried out by other Service Design processes. In the previous ITIL version, some of these tasks were carried out as part of the Service Level Management process.
  • New: The Service Design Policy provides guidance on how to ensure that a consistent approach is applied to all design activities.

Service Catalogue Management

Service Level Management

  • Service Level Management is now mainly responsible for gathering service requirements, as well as monitoring and reporting with regards to agreed service levels.

Risk Management

  • No major differences between ITIL V3 (2007) and ITIL 2011 in Risk Management.

Capacity Management

  • An new output Event Filtering and Correlation Rules has been added, to emphasize that (some) Event filtering and correlation rules should be designed by Capacity Management to support the detection of capacity issues.

Availability Management

  • An additional output Event Filtering and Correlation Rules has been added, to emphasize that (some) Event filtering and correlation rules should be designed by Availability Management to support the detection of availability issues.

IT Service Continuity Management

Information Security Management

  • An additional output Event Filtering and Correlation Rules has been added, to emphasize that (some) Event filtering and correlation rules should be designed by Information Security Management to support the detection of security issues.

Compliance Management

Architecture Management

Supplier Management

 

ITIL 2007 vs. ITIL 2011: Changes in Service Transition

Change Management

  • The structure of the Change Management process has been modified to highlight that significant Changes require authorization at different points in their lifecycle.
  • Change Scheduling has been revised so that the detailed planning of a Change and the corresponding Release is performed by Release Management.
  • Change Models have been given a more prominent role in Change Management, being used not only for Standard Changes (low-risk Changes on an operational level), but also for recurring significant Changes.

Change Evaluation

  • A Change Evaluation process has been added, following a clarification in the ITIL books that the purpose of this process is the evaluation of major Changes.
  • Change Evaluation is called upon by the Change Management process at various points in a Change’s lifecycle to perform a Change assessment.
  • The results of a formal Change evaluation are documented in a Change Evaluation Report, which is thus the main output of the new Change Evaluation process.

Project Management (Transition Planning and Support)

Application Development

Release and Deployment Management

  • In ITIL 2011, Release Management is called upon from Project Management (Transition Planning and Support) to perform the detailed planning of the Release build, Release test and Release deployment stages.
  • The latest ITIL 2011 guidance also specifies that Minor Changes are implemented by Change Management without the involvement of Release Management, so the Minor Release Deployment sub-process has been removed.

Service Validation and Testing

  • The ITIL V3 sub-process "Service Design Validation" has been removed as this activity now takes place as part of Change Evaluation.

Service Asset and Configuration Management

Knowledge Management

 

ITIL 2007 vs. ITIL 2011: Changes in Service Operation

Event Management

Incident Management

  • Incident Resolution by 1st Level Support and Incident Resolution by 2nd Level Support have been considerably expanded to provide clearer guidance on when to invoke Problem Management from Incident Management. The emphasis is now on restoring services as quickly as possible, and to seek the help of Problem Management if the underlying cause of an Incident cannot be resolved with a minor Change and/or within the committed resolution time.
  • Incident Closure and Evaluation now states more clearly that it is important to check whether there are new Problems, Workarounds or Known Errors that must be submitted to Problem Management.

Request Fulfilment

  • The Request Fulfilment process has been completely revised to reflect the latest guidance. Request Fulfilment now consists of five sub-processes, to provide a detailed description of all activities and decision points.
  • Request Fulfilment now contains interfaces with Incident Management (if a Service Request turns out to be an Incident) and Service Transition (if fulfilling a Service Request requires the involvement of Change Management).
  • A clearer explanation of the information that describes a Service Request and its life cycle has been added.

Access Management

  • A dedicated activity has been added to revoke access rights if required, to make this point clearer.

Problem Management

  • In Problem Categorization and Prioritization, it has been made clearer that categorization and prioritization should be harmonized with the approach used in Incident Management, to facilitate matching between Incidents and Problems.
  • Problem Diagnosis and Resolution has been completely revised to provide clearer guidance on how this process cooperates with Incident Management.
  • Note: The new ITIL 2011 books also contain an expanded section on problem analysis techniques and examples for situations where the various techniques may be applied.

IT Operations Control

Facilities Management

Application Management

  • Many Application Management activities are embedded in various ITIL processes - but not all Application Management activities. For this reason, at IT Process Maps we decided to introduce an Application Management process which contains the Application Management activities not covered in any other ITIL process.

Technical Management

  • Technical Management - treated in ITIL as a "function" - plays an important role in the management of the IT infrastructure.
  • Many Technical Management activities are embedded in various ITIL processes - but not all Technical Management activities. For this reason, at IT Process Maps we decided to introduce a Technical Management process which contains the Technical Management activities not covered in any other ITIL process.

 

ITIL 2007 vs. ITIL 2011: Changes in Continual Service Improvement (CSI)

General

  • One of the important changes between ITIL V2 and ITIL V3 was a new focus on continually improving services and processes. Service Reviews and managing a Service Improvement Plan are since a vital component of Continual Service Improvement (CSI).
  • To reflect the new structure of Service Strategy processes in ITIL 2011, the interfaces of the CSI processes have been adapted.

Service Review

  • No major differences between ITIL V3 (2007) and ITIL 2011 in Service Review.

Process Evaluation

Definition of CSI Initiatives

  • In ITIL 2011, the CSI Register has been introduced as a central document or database where all improvement opportunities and initiatives are recorded. As a consequence, one of the main outputs from CSI now is the CSI Register - instead of the Service Improvement Plan (SIP) as per ITIL V3 (2007). SIPs now take a much less prominent role as in ITIL 2007 (SIPs may still be used as plans to implement improvements to individual services or processes).

Monitoring of CSI Initiatives

 

Links and additional information

[1] John S Stewart. "Quick Guide to ITIL 2011". -- Blog IBPI (The International Best Practice Institute) www.ibpi.org, February 11, 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2013.

 

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