What I know about the candidates for itSMF International Chair and Board

[Updated]There is no such thing as truly independent people in any sphere of business. Just so you all know, here’s what I know about affiliations of the candidates for itSMF International Chair and the new itSMF International Board:

itSMF International has announced the results of election nominations

itSMF International has announced the results of election nominations for the Chairman and Board of itSMF International.

Comments pulled from the IT Skeptic blog

Readers will wonder where some comments went on this thread. Certain parties are invoking non-disclosure agreements to silence discussion about a Certain Topic. This is their right.

They may not have achieved the result they wanted though. The Certain Topic is standard practice, not uncommon at all. Even though I am critical of it, it is not unusual, so now I am wondering why it is such a secret and everyone is so sensitive about it.

The trainers actually delivering ITIL version 3 Foundations certification training are NOT HAPPY

APMG are you reading this?

The message is coming through on this blog loud and clear: the trainers actually delivering ITIL version 3 Foundations training are NOT HAPPY.

The IT Skeptic blog is about debating ideas not personalities

We saw an extraordinary venting of bile on this blog yesterday by an anonymous visitor I label Stone-caster. Normally I would ignore it, but it makes accusations of hypocrisy and dishonesty that I feel should be addressed.

I reproduce it in full:

Visions of the Future of ITIL: the IT Swami's Seventh and Final Vision

Now, the final of the IT Swami's mid-year Visions of the Future of ITIL. Previously we had six other visions starting with the First.

Here is the ultimate seventh Vision:

Lies, damned lies and statistics: adoption of ITIL

Seems like about a third of organisations in the USA have adopted ITIL and another third plan to [when the survey doesn't mention country it usually means the USA, which remains oblivious to the rest of the world: World Cup baseball anyone?]. And only 6% have a single CMDB, or I should now say CMS.

The Official Introduction to the ITIL Service Lifecycle shipping as planned

Just confirming that "The Official Introduction to the ITIL Service Lifecycle" will ship as planned the end of this month, i.e. Friday. Get it while it's hot!

Establish a name for yourself as a thought-leader in ITSM

It is not too late to submit content for “IT Service Management - Global Best Practices”. I think this is a good idea and I've heard good things about the previous version. This is an excellent opportunity to share some of your IP and to establish a name for yourself as a thought-leader in ITSM. A number of readers of this blog obviously have what it takes to produce a chapter of this book.

Visions of the Future of ITIL: Sixth Vision

The IT Swami gives us his mid-year Visions of the Future of ITIL. Previously we had five other visions starting with the First.

The fourth and fifth visions were about

...three fates awaiting the ITIL: one pleasant, two not so. First fate: the ITIL walks the road of knowledge, seeking enlightenment...But there is a second outcome: a stubborn ITIL, fighting those it meets on the road...In the end the ITIL is dying, quickly and brutally, slain by one that is stronger, kicked into the ditch.

Now here is the sixth:

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