How to Successfully Implement an ITIL Framework

Arsh Manzer
March 21, 2023
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September 19, 2023
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Learn how to create and use an ITIL framework to improve the quality and efficiency of your organization's IT services
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From building a website to collecting email subscribers, you need the help of modern tech to function successfully and achieve predetermined objectives.

But what if you don’t know how to introduce and manage that technology in your organization?

That’s where the ITIL framework comes in.

Organizations can use ITIL, short for Information Technology Infrastructure Library) to: 

  • Maintain high service availability levels.
  • Cut costs by minimizing the need for unscheduled repairs and corrective maintenance.
  • Facilitate effective incident management to better handle and resolve IT issues promptly and efficiently. 

The ITIL framework can benefit companies of all sizes and industries. But how do we go about it?

In this blog, we'll cover everything you need to know to structure your ITIL framework.

ITIL framework: Definition & overview

ITIL is a framework of best practices for managing and delivering IT services. It provides organizations a structured approach to designing, delivering and supporting IT services, helping align their IT services with their overall business goals. 

Recognized as a leading standard for IT service management, the ITIL framework is widely used in organizations worldwide. It covers the entire lifecycle of IT services, from initial planning and design stages to the delivery and ongoing improvement of services. 

How does ITIL benefit companies?

Some of the specific benefits of the ITIL framework include:

Improved service quality

ITIL provides a set of proven standards for managing and delivering IT services. This enables organizations to improve the quality and reliability of their services, leading to increased customer satisfaction and loyalty.

Increased efficiency

ITIL provides expert guidance on effectively managing and optimizing the use of IT resources. Using this knowledge, team leaders can take active measures to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

Better alignment with your business goal

ITIL helps organizations align their IT services with their overall business goals. This enables them to take a more strategic approach to IT management and make better decisions.

Improved governance and compliance

ITIL provides a structured approach to IT service management, which can help organizations to improve governance and compliance with industry standards and regulations.

Who does the ITIL framework benefit

ITIL provides a broad range of benefits to various stakeholders in an organization, including:

  • IT management: ITIL can improve the quality and efficiency of IT services and align them with business goals.
  • Business management: ITIL helps manage the costs and risks associated with IT services and ensures that IT services support the organization's overall goals.
  • IT staff: ITIL aids in understanding and implementing best practices for IT service management, resulting in more efficient and effective use of resources.
  • Customers and end-users: ITIL can enhance the quality and reliability of IT services, leading to increased customer satisfaction and loyalty.

The dimensions and stages of an ITIL framework

ITIL is divided into five core publications, each focusing on a specific aspect of IT service management and covering different dimensions and stages.

Let's discuss these publications in more detail.

1. Service strategy

This publication focuses on the overall strategy and governance of IT services and covers the planning and design of services to align with the organisation's overall goals. This includes service portfolio management, financial management for IT services and demand management.

2. Service design

This publication covers the design and development of IT services and includes dimensions such as service level management, capacity management and availability management.

3. Service transition

This publication monitors the transitioning of new or changed services into live operation and includes dimensions such as change management, release and deployment management and service validation and testing.

4. Service operation

This publication covers the day-to-day management of IT services and includes dimensions like incident management, problem management and event management.

5. Continual service improvement

This publication covers the ongoing improvement of IT services and includes dimensions such as service level management, performance management and process improvement.

Note that these stages aren't necessarily linear; IT service management is a continuous process and each stage feeds into the next one to form a cycle.

What is the ITIL service value chain?

The ITIL service value chain is a model offering a comprehensive view of the different activities involved in delivering and managing IT services. It outlines the key service management activities required to design, produce, operate and improve IT services, which are as follows:


This activity gives you a clear understanding of the business goals and objectives and aligns IT services with them accordingly. Ensure you know the company vision, current position and direction of improvement for all four dimensions and products and services.


This activity ensures complete transparency, helping you continuously engage and maintain good relationships with stakeholders by understanding their needs.


This activity covers the design and development of IT services, including creating service-level agreements, service designs and service catalogs.


This activity covers transitioning new or changed services into live operations, including testing, deployment and training. 

Obtaining & building

This activity focuses on acquiring and developing the products and services necessary for providing IT services. It ensures the service components are accessible when and where required and comply with specifications agreed upon before.

Delivering & supporting

This activity helps deliver and support services following the specifications and expectations of stakeholders.


This activity assures continuous improvement across all four dimensions of service management, including products, services and practices.

The ITIL service value chain model is beneficial for identifying improvement opportunities, optimizing IT service delivery and aligning IT services with your organization's big-picture goals.

How to build & implement the ITIL framework

Building and implementing the ITIL framework in an organization involves several steps. 

Here's what this looks like:

Step 1: Assess the current state of IT service management

The first step in implementing the ITIL framework is to assess the current state of IT service management to identify improvement areas.

Assess the organisation's current state of IT service management, including analyzing existing processes, procedures and tools. Identify areas for improvement and opportunities for aligning IT services with your organisation's overall goals.

Step 2: Define the ITIL processes

Define and document the ITIL processes, including incident management, problem management, change management and service level management.

Outline the ITIL processes to implement based on your assessment of the current state of IT service management. Identify and document the specific procedures and tools to support each process.

Step 3: Train and educate staff

In order to uphold the ITIL processes and procedures within your organization, your staff will need the necessary expertise. And it's your job to provide them with the knowledge and skills they need to implement and maintain the ITIL practices effectively.

Help them understand what needs to be done through comprehensive training. This includes educating them on the specific tools and technologies that will be used to support the ITIL processes. You can also use Scribe to document and share the new methodologies and tech.

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Step 4: Perform gap analysis

Performing a gap analysis is a critical step in implementing the ITIL framework, as it helps organizations identify: 

  • where current processes and procedures don't align with ITIL's best practices.
  • areas they are falling short in terms of IT service management. 

Essentially, you can compare the organization's current practices with the best practices recommended by ITIL, effectively highlighting areas where improvements are needed. After that, you can create a roadmap addressing and prioritizing changes and enhancements to ensure improved efficiency, effectiveness, and alignment of IT services with business objectives.

Step 5: Create an implementation roadmap

Create an implementation roadmap outlining the steps you'll take to implement the ITIL processes.

Make this as detailed as possible. Mention the specific tools and technologies you'll use. Also go into depth about the development of process flows, creation of process documentation and implementation of monitoring and reporting mechanisms to avoid misunderstandings during implementation.

At this stage, your employees will start applying the proposed changes and ITIL best practices in their daily work.

Step 6: Measure & monitor

Measure and monitor the performance of the ITIL processes and procedures using metrics and key performance indicators. You should be able to identify areas for improvement and implement changes to optimize the performance of the ITIL processes.

This will help ensure the ITIL processes are working as intended, as well as identify any areas that will benefit from further improvement.

Step 7: Continual service improvement 

Continual reviews are key to ensuring that the ITIL processes and procedures you've implemented remain relevant and effective in meeting your organization's ever-changing business goals and objectives. 

When done correctly, continual reviews can help you:

  • identify areas of improvement.
  • assess the effectiveness of the processes in achieving desired outcomes.
  • make necessary adjustments to align goals with changing business needs.

This will help improve the quality and efficiency of your organization's IT services and better meet customers' needs.

Signing off…

Implementing the ITIL framework can be a complex and time-consuming process. Have a dedicated team and plan in place to ensure everything goes as planned. If you think you may benefit from hiring external support, such as ITIL consulting or training services, don't hesitate. Use their expertise to improve your IT team's productivity and results through successful ITIL implementation.

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