The ITIL V3 - COBIT V4.1 mapping white paper is available and no wonder noone is saying much
The long awaited ITIL V3 - COBIT V4.1 mapping white paper is available ... for a price. This is the final paper in a long-awaited series that answer the question left unanswered by the ITIL V3 books - how does ITIL relate to the standards and frameworks around it? The answer is that ITIL is very much a subset of COBIT's more comprehensive coverage.
Those of you who read Rob Stroud's blog (quite a few if his page rank of 5 is anything to go by) picked up this news back in early August. if ISACA told me I missed it. OGC/TSO or itSMFI haven't mentioned it as far as I can tell. heck TSO haven't even told folks about the second paper everywhere yet.
This is odd because it is at least as important as the ISO20000 paper. Perhaps they hesitate to mention that it is available for download free to ISACA members and the rest of you peasants will have to pony up $25.
More likely though it is because the paper once again reiterates just how much more complete COBIT is as a framework [although ITIL has advanced since Version 2], and more rigorous, even if ITIL does have a bit more meat on the bones (not as big a difference as people think). Compare the tables on pages 10 and 18 to see how COBIT more comprehensively addresses the audience, and see the chart on page 19 that highlights the holes in ITIL.
For those of you who don't have a spare twenty-five bucks, the COBIT processes not at all covered by ITIL V3 are:
- PO2 Define Information architecture
- PO3 Determine Technological direction
- PO6 Communicate management aims and direction
- PO7 Manage IT human resources
- PO10 Manage projects
- DS7 Educate and train users
- ME2 Monitor and evaluate internal control
- ME3 Ensure compliance with external requirements
- ME4 Provide IT governance
Nothing important in that lot is there?
And the COBIT processes only partially covered by ITIL V3 are:
...oh never mind. There are 17 - too many to list. (ITIL only scores a full coverage on 8 COBIT processes). No wonder Castle ITIL isn't making a noise about this.
If you want to see the details, buy the paper. Better still join ISACA and tap into all this good stuff. Some organisations amply return the membership fee.