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The future of ITIL and PRINCE2

UK Cabinet Office Deputy Director Juliet Mountford joined 900 attendees at itSMF UK’s ITSM12 Conference last week to outline plans for the Government owned ITIL and PRINCE2 frameworks.

In the surprise appearance just before the conference closed, Ms Mountford confirmed that the Cabinet Office has launched a tender process to find a joint venture partner for the Best Management Practice portfolio, which includes the PRINCE2 and ITIL professional standards.

“The Government has ambitious plans to develop PRINCE2, ITIL and other products as the global industry standards,” she said, “a move that will create new opportunities for economic growth.”

In a press statement, the Cabinet Office said that they are looking to the private sector for the expertise and investment needed to secure the portfolio’s future in a competitive market. A joint venture partnership will ensure the portfolio is placed on a strong financially secure platform and strengthen quality.

"It’s right to explore opportunities for a greater collective focus to these products and to develop new markets. In doing so the Government’s priority is to maintain and build on the high regard and reputation for quality which underpins Best Management Practice.”

Speaking after the presentation, itSMF UK Chief Executive Ben Clacy said:

“As the community for anyone using ITIL and IT Service Management in general, itSMF has always maintained a close relationship with the Cabinet Office and we were very pleased that the Cabinet Office agreed to make their only public announcement on this tender process as our prestigious event. We will continue to represent members’ best interests as future plans develop and will work with the Cabinet Office to ensure the needs of our members, as the customers of ITIL, are best served by these future changes.”

•Date: 16th Nov 2012 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

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