ITIL V4 – Various Processes and Explanations
ITIL V4 Framework
In the new ITIL4 framework, much is changed but much is still similar to the previous versions. The four dimensions (Organizations and People, Information Technology, Partners and Suppliers, and Value Streams and Practices) are just slightly different than the v3 version (4Ps). These four dimensions are used to produce Products and Services. For those remembering the v3 basics, the “4Ps” were People, Process, Partners, and Products. So, ITIL4 adjusts these to focus on the Products and Services as the outcomes. The focus is on creating value – through outcomes – for the business stakeholder consumers. ITIL4 also introduces the concept of Service Value Chain to replace Service Lifecycle.
ITIL 4 framework consists of key components ITIL service value system (SVS) and the four dimensions model.
ITIL V4 Service Value System
ITIL V4 Service Value SystemThe core components of the ITIL SVS are:
- The ITIL service value chain
- The ITIL practices
- The ITIL guiding principles
- Governance and
- Continual improvement.
The Service Value Chain has six steps:
- Plan – Ensures a shared understanding and direction of the strategic vision, current status, and improvement for all four dimensions and all products and services across the enterprise.
- Engage – Provides a good understanding of stakeholder requirements, ensures complete transparency, and maintain continuous engagement with all stakeholders. Business Engagement is a large part of success in ITIL4.
- Design and Transition – Ensures that products and services continually meet stakeholder expectations for quality, cost, and speed to delivery.
- Obtain/Build – Ensures that service components are available when and where they are needed, and that they meet agreed specifications. This includes the build versus buy decisions for infrastructure services.
- Deliver and Support – Ensures that services are delivered and supported according to agreed specifications and stakeholders’ expectations.
- Improve – Ensures continual improvement of products, services, and practices across all value chain activities and the four dimensions of service management. Continual Improvement is a vital piece of ITIL4 as discussed below in the Service Value System.
Guiding Principles :
Another new concept introduced in ITIL4 is “Guiding Principles”. This term was introduced by Axelos in 2016 but finally incorporated in ITIL4. These principles were pulled from common improvement frameworks like Lean, Agile, and DevOps. Also, feedback from the consulting and corporate environments was incorporated.
- Focus on value – The concept of value has been included in ITIL for many years. Value is measured by the business customer from the delivery of products and services received.
- Start where you are – In order to mature and improve, every organization, program, and process must have a starting point, the desired goal, and a roadmap to get there.
- Progress iteratively with feedback – Technology teams have been in silos for decades so incorporating feedback from users and business stakeholders to make iterative progress is a giant step forward. This principle is heavily influenced by Agile and Scrum frameworks.
- Collaborate and promote visibility – Collaboration with all stakeholders, inside of Information Technology (IT) and with the business stakeholders is required in today’s environment. Not only do we need to collaborate outside of IT, but we also need to educate and market similarly. Service Management is quickly becoming an enterprise conversation, not just IT.
- Think and work holistically – Like the two principles above, this one seeks to reduce silos. The perspective should be on the enterprise. Establishing Centers of Excellence is one example of putting this principle into action.
- Keep it simple and practical – Many times, IT talks in technical terms and over-complicates the solution. This guiding principle encourages keeping the customer perspective in view with simple and practical jargon, conversations, and solutions.
- Optimize and automate – This guiding principle exhorts IT organizations to take their ITSM programs to the next level through optimization and automation. By automating low-value manual tasks, the customer receives a higher-quality product. Not only does optimization and automation save time, they also save re-work from manual errors.
The concept of “Governance” was added to guide ITIL4 Service Value Systems, as discussed below. Governance was desperately missing from previous versions as today’s IT organizations require an increasing amount of governance. This governance comes in various forms and looks differently from organization to organization. Governance may encompass the entire enterprise, a specific product or service, program, or process. It needs to be aligned with the corporate or enterprise vision and goals and has the authority to direct, monitor, and evaluate performance. Governance needs leadership support in order to be effective.
ITIL4 introduced Service Value Systems (SVS) which encompasses many of the terms and concepts above. The Service Value System includes everything needed to create value for the business stakeholders in the form of products and services. It encourages service providers – both internal and external – to think about how all the different service components needed to deliver services can help co-create value. The Service Value Chain (SVC) is at the heart of the Service Value System (SVS). But, Guiding Principles, Governance, Practices (Processes), and Continual Improvement transform the Service Value Chain (SVC) into the Service Value System (SVS). Think of these four elements as enhancing, controlling, and improving the Service Value Chain (SVC).
ITIL4 introduced 4 dimensions –
- Organization and People
- Information and Technology
- Partners and Suppliers
- Value streams and Processes
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