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ITIL History
End of the 1980s
Following a series of high profile failed Public Sector IT projects that were reported in the media, resulting in much criticism and debate levied at the government in power, the Central Communications and Telecommunications Agency (CCTA) commissioned and managed the production of the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). The production centred on the areas of Service Support and Service Delivery, involving various organizations and experts working in the IT industry sector at the time.
During this period a series of ten books were published covering the areas of ITIL Service Support and ITIL Service Delivery.
The commercial potential of ITIL begins to be realized. A selection of private sector organizations as well as the UK governments Civil Service College are invited to become ITIL training providers. In addition the Information Systems Examination Board (ISEB) part of the  British Computer Society (BCS) agree to deliver and administer the first ITIL examination - the ITIL Managers Certificate.
Gradually organizations from all industry sectors both private and public begin to seize upon the benefits of itil
In the Netherlands, the Examination Institute for Information Science (EXIN) is established to deliver ad administer the ITIL examination.
The ITIL Foundation course is launched providing a three-day introduction or entry level into ITIL with a multiple-choice examination being provided.
Continued international interest grows with regards ITIL and adoption of the best practice increases.
1998 - 1999
Work commences to update ITIL, leading to the eventual production of version 2.
1999 - 2000
The British standard for IT Service Management, BS15000 is developed with the input from several organisations from various industry sectors.
2000 - 2001
In North America the Loyalist College based in Ontario in Canada becomes an authorised examination board
ITIL Service Support (version 2) book is published by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC). The Central Communications and Telecommunications Agency (CCTA) changes its name to the Office of Government Commerce (OGC).
Microsoft release the Microsoft Operational Framework (MOF) based upon ITIL.
OGC release the ITIL Service Delivery book
EXIN introduce the first ITIL Practitioner courses and examinations
With the sudden downturn in the world economy, organizations look internally for ways of reducing costs and becoming more efficient and competitive. ITIL is recognized as a solution and its popularity continues to grow
The British Computer Society's ISEB introduces ITIL Practitioner courses and examinations.
OGC announce that work is to commence on the production of ITIL version 3, which is planned for release at the end of 2006 or early 2007.
BS15000 version 2 is released, once again based upon ITIL. Registered Certification Bodies (RCBs) and accredited BS15000 Training organizations are established.
In December BS15000 is superseded by ISO/IEC 20000 version 1, once again based upon ITIL best practices.
2007 OGC release ITIL Version 3. The scope of ITIL v3 expands to cover the complete Service Lifecycle. Five core ITIL books are produced covering Service Strategy, Service Design, Service Transition, Service Operation and Continual Service Improvement.
2007 OGC announces that the APM Group (APMG) are awarded contract to become the ITIL Official Accreditor.
2007 ITIL Foundation course is released to the marketplace, although debate continues around the shape of the ITIL Certification Scheme together with the associated 'points' scheme.
2007 November - ITIL Managers Bridge course released to market.
2008 ISO/IEC 20000 Foundation course released to the market.
2008 Plans are announced to update and expand ISO/IEC 20000 over the next twenty-four months.
2008 APMG announces that the 'ITIL Lifecycle and Capability' courses will be released to market in two phases, October 2008 and January 2009.
October 1, 2008
  • Service Lifecycle Modules:
    • Service Transition
    • Service Operation
  • Service Capability Modules:
    • Service Offerings & Agreements
    • Operational Support & Analysis
    • Release, Control & Validation
January 1, 2009
  • Service Lifecycle Modules:
    • Service Strategy
    • Service Design
    • Continual Service Improvement
    • Managing Across the Lifecycle
  • Service Capability Modules:
    • Planning, Protection & Optimization
2009 ISO\/IEC 20000 Foundation certificate launched enabling individuals within an organization to establish an understanding of the subject and qualification
2009 ITIL v3 Software Endorsement Scheme launched by OGC-APMG.
2009 Throughout the year the ITIL core books and ITIL Examinations are translated and published
2009 ITIL v3 Masters qualification being piloted and should be finally available in 2010
2010 Office of Government Commerce (OGC), the owners of ITIL announce the 'Retirement Plan for ITIL v2'. The key dates are:
  • ITIL V2 Foundation to cease 30 June 2010
  • ITIL V2 Manager to cease 31 August 2010
  • ITIL V2 Practitioner to cease31 Dec 2010
  • ITIL V3 Foundation Bridge to cease31 Dec 2010
Re-sits for all of the above examinations will be available until 30 June 2011.
The timetable for 2011 will see the following product (examinations) withdrawn:
  • ITIL V3 Manager Bridge to cease 30 June 2011
2010 New ITIL Examination Institute accredited: Peoplecert Group
2010 ITIL v3 Software Endorsement Scheme update provided and assessment criteria issued for free download.
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