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New professional development agreement between ITSMF International and AXELOS
ITSMF International has agreed a new global partnership with AXELOS, owners of ITIL and PRINCE2.
As part of the new partnership with AXELOS, all ITSMF members will be eligible to take advantage of a lifetime discounted membership of AXELOS’ new Professional Development Programme which launched in September 2015.
The AXELOS Professional Development Programme is an online membership programme, aligned to the best practice frameworks of ITIL and PRINCE2, and is designed to support professional development. Members of the programme will be able to complete Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities to enable them to earn a digital badge linked to their ITIL and PRINCE2 qualification.
Other key benefits of the new collaborative global agreement between ITSMF and AXELOS include:
Shari Brunette, President of ITSMF International, said: “We are excited to work with AXELOS and provide our individual and corporate members greater visibility and value. Immediate benefits are available through participation in the Professional Development Programme, a Programme for which we have negotiated a great discount for our members!
Peter Hepworth, Chief Executive of AXELOS, said: “This partnership between AXELOS and ITSMF is an important development in shaping the future of IT service management. We are delighted to offer the AXELOS Professional Development Programme to ITSMF members, the first of a range of initiatives that will help support individuals and demonstrate the value that IT services bring to an organisation.
ITSMF UK members interested in finding our more about this initiative and joining the AXELOS Professional Development Programme should contact the office.
ITIL Practitioner launch slated for February 2016
AXELOS is set to globally launch its latest qualification, ITIL Practitioner, in February 2016.
Speaking at the FUSION15 service management conference in New Orleans, AXELOS chief executive Peter Hepworth described the new qualification as the most significant recent evolution in the ITIL best practice framework, which was first introduced in 1989.
The framework, which has gone through several iterations, is currently used in more than 150 countries globally with more than 300,000 ITIL exams sat in 2014.
ITIL Practitioner is intended to equip ITSM professionals with skills to successfully adopt and adapt ITIL to improve service management capabilities in line with business goals. It will be the next step after ITIL Foundation for professionals who have already learned the basics of ITSM and the business value of well-designed and delivered services.
A new publication, “ITIL Practitioner Guidance”, covering the skills and practical application of knowledge, is expected to be available in February, with the first exams also due to be sat the same month.
The Open Group IT4IT Forum launches first standard
The Open Group, the vendor neutral IT consortium, has announced the launch of its new IT4IT Reference Architecture Standard at its conference in Edinburgh.
Just a year since the launch of the IT4IT Forum, this new standard will provide a vendor-neutral, technology agnostic and industry agnostic reference architecture for managing the business of IT. It will provide prescriptive guidance on how to design, procure and implement the functionality needed to run IT.
The operating model defined by the IT4IT Standard serves the digital enterprise with support for real-world use-cases (e.g. Cloud-sourcing, Agile, DevOps, and service brokering) as well as embracing and complementing existing process frameworks and methodologies (e.g. ITIL, CoBIT, SAFe, and TOGAF).
The launch of the standard will be followed in early 2016 by the release of a Foundation Level training course and exam. Higher-level training and certification programs for IT4IT will also become available during the course of next year. There will also be a number of publications available over the next few months including the IT4IT Reference Architecture Pocket Guide and the IT4IT Reference Architecture Management Guide.