IT4IT™

IT4IT is a vendor-neutral Reference Architecture for managing the business of IT. It underpins the important work done with IT frameworks such as TOGAF 9, COBIT and ITIL and enables IT management to work across the entire Value Chain in a better, faster, and cheaper way.

The initiative offers a new level of standardization for the management of IT and allows the IT function within an organization to achieve the same level of business discipline, predictability and efficiency .

Our IT4IT course gives a full overview of IT4IT, covering the basics, core concepts, and value streams.

Why use IT4IT in your Organization?
  • The IT4IT initiative offers a new level of standardization for the management of IT. It allows the IT function within an organization to achieve the same level of business discipline, predictability and efficiency as other functions in the business, such as HR and finance.

  • IT4IT enables IT management to work across the entire Value Chain in a better, faster, cheaper way with less risk.

  • It provides a vendor-neutral, technology-agnostic, and industry-agnostic reference architecture for managing the business of IT, enabling insight for continuous improvement.

  • It is industry-independent to solve the same problems for everyone.

  • It is designed for existing landscapes and accommodates future IT paradigms.

  • It is process-agnostic. It is intended to support Agile as well as waterfall approaches, and Lean Kanban process approaches as well as fully elaborated IT service management process models.

The relationship to other standards
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The IT4IT Reference Architecture can be related to TOGAF, ArchiMate, and ITIL. IT4IT is the reference architecture for the IT software ecosystem. It describes what you would put in place to manage IT itself. So it underpins ITIL.

TOGAF is an industry-standard architecture framework describing how you would go about introducing IT services. So in that sense, IT4IT is one of the libraries that TOGAF recommends you develop for any area in IT that you want to manage. ...and ArchiMate is a modelling language for business services, and is the form of language chosen by IT4IT, which is also in line with TOGAF.

In Q1 2016 Good TrainingHeights will be one of the first Open Group accredited suppliers of online IT4IT training. Our professional and engaging certification courses offer you an opportunity to self-pace your own learning and reduce your costs.
What is IT4IT 

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The product of four years hard work by The Open Group, IT4IT was released in October 2015 and represents a blueprint for a vendor-neutral reference architecture and value chain-based operating model.

IT4IT does not replace anything. It complements and enhances your current structures, and addresses something that your existing frameworks, up until now, have never addressed.

Models such as ITIL and COBIT offer standards on a process level, but give nothing prescriptive. They do not tell you how to manage your service models and life-cycles, or what kinds of systems to put in place. IT4IT is the natural next step.

Since its conception, more than a trillion dollars has been spent on IT framework training, certification and implementation, with important work being done with ITIL and COBIT. But the recovery of this value has sometimes been regarded as elusive.

Other mature industry verticals, such as retail, and professionalized management functions such as Finance, all have a standard approach and reference architecture. The lack of such in IT is driving up cost. IT4IT is the solution.

The IT4IT Value Chain

 

  • Based on the work of Michael Porter, the value chain is a sequence of activities required to design, produce, and provide a specific good or service, along which information, materials, and worth flows. Value is added at each stage of the chain.

  • Value Stream one - Strategy to Portfolio, or S2P. This identifies how the business lines and IT work together in moving strategic requirements into the portfolio.

  • Value Stream Two - Requirements to Deploy. This changes the way requirements are communicated and ensures how investment decisions are staged to ensure Value Delivery. It goes on to introduce much needed flexibility using agile methods and incubating solutions from initial prototyping to full use in the business process.

  • Value Stream Three - Request to Fulfill. This sets in place mechanisms where everything is offered as a service, whether it is a business process requirement or an IT requirement, consumers can seamlessly assemble an IT service for their requirement from the components which are managed as a subscription.

  • Value Stream Four - Detect to Correct. This establishes mechanisms to monitor service performance and quality across the supply chain with the focus on consumer service usage experience.

  • With IT4IT you can Architect your IT Service Management as a business aligned Value Chain.

    Each value stream produces and/or consumes data that together represents all of the information required to control the activities that advance a service through its life-cycle