AXELOS and ITSMF enter international agreement
28 November 2013
AXELOS and itSMF International have reached an agreement which will
lead to the two organizations working closely together in the
development and improvement of Service Management products, services and
The Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) announced today sets out a framework of how AXELOS and the itSMF will cooperate in multiple countries worldwide.
The agreement includes a commitment by the two parties to collaborate
on the development of new products and promote each other's activities
and services via appropriate media such as websites, conferences and
Peter Hepworth, AXELOS CEO, says 'Since the formation of AXELOS
in July we have illustrated our commitment to listen to and work with
practitioner communities across the world.
'As the only truly independent and internationally-recognized
forum for IT Service Management professionals worldwide, the itSMF is
one of our key stakeholders and we value the opinions and knowledge of
their members. Today's announcement is an important milestone in the
development of our business and the future of ITIL®.'
The itSMF is a not-for-profit organization and has more than 6000 member companies spread over 50 Chapters.
It is a prominent player in the on-going development and promotion of
IT Service Management best practice, standards and qualifications.
Members have access to a network of industry experts, information sources and events to help address IT Service Management issues.
Colin Rudd, itSMF International Facilitator, says 'In my
discussions with Peter and the management team at AXELOS I have gained a
real sense of the passion they have for IT Service Management and a
determination to take ITIL to a truly global audience. This agreement
with AXELOS will bring benefits to our 40,000 individual members
worldwide and ensure they play an integral part in the future growth of
IT Service Management best practice.'
Marianna Billington, Chair of itSMF International, concludes 'Since
the moment this relationship commenced it has been one of mutual
commitment towards development and delivery of future initiatives aimed
to benefit the IT Service Management community. This MoU represents the
guarantee of a shared engagement between AXELOS and the IT Service
Management forum to continue to collaborate on future value added
services and products that will be valuable to our members. On behalf of
the hard working team of itSMF volunteers who have worked closely with
Peter and AXELOS it gives me great pleasure to endorse and sign this
document on behalf of the IT Service Management Forum.'
On 1 July 2013 'AXELOS' was announced as the new Joint Venture
company that the Cabinet Office has formed to deliver and commercialize
the UK Government's portfolio of Best Management Practice accreditation
and publishing services, including ITIL, PRINCE2® and the other PPM
products. AXELOS now owns the intellectual property of the whole Best
Management Practice portfolio and will build on the current business
activities and developing products in new areas. The organization also
has an ambitious programme of investment and growth, and primary focus
will now be on stimulating the growth of a vibrant, open international
ecosystem of training, consultancy and examination organizations.
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