Microsoft ups the ante on ITIL by releasing MOF into the public domain
Just what sort of pacts has OGC signed with the money engines at TSO and APMG, or is HM still her own master? When will ITIL be set free?
The real significance remains to be seen, but Microsoft's announcement that MOF 4.0 (Microsoft Operating Framework, a MS variant of ITIL) is now available under a Creative Commons licence to not only Share but also Remix(!) puts additional pressure on Castle ITIL's proprietary grip on the ITIL content. The explicit mention of ITIL in the announcement suggests to me this pressure is not accidental. MOF was already freely available for download, as also are COBIT and FITS, but this takes open content ITSM another step.
Consultants, trainers and service providers are now free to create products based on MOF without paying licence tithes and without accreditation. These are not necessarily Good Things, but they must be an attractive option. It hasn't escaped EXIN's attention - they announced a new MOF Foundation exam available as of this October 1.
Of course Microsoft being Microsoft, this is almost too good to be true, and the IT Skeptic looks for the gotcha. Anyone?
If ITIL V3 is the ITIL to end all ITILs, and if ITIL belongs to the not-for-profit British Government, and if ITIL is so big now that several alternative funding streams for future development present themselves, why is ITIL still locked up in copyright and trademark restraints? If ITIL exists to advance the best interests of service management [I said "if"] then why not allow both accredited and non-accredited providers and official and non-official authors to compete?