ITIL® Service Lifecycle: Service Operation

The ITIL® Intermediate Qualification: Service Operation Certificate is part of the ITIL Intermediate Lifecycle stream, and is one of the modules that lead to the ITIL Expert in IT Service Management Certificate.

This 3-day course covers the management and control of the activities and techniques within Service Operation, but not the detail of each of the supporting processes. You will gain knowledge to plan, implement and optimize the Service Operation processes and help prepare to take the ITIL Intermediate Qualification: Service Operation Certification Exam.

At the end of this 3 day course, the student will gain competencies and prepare to:

  • Introduction to Service Operation

  • Service Operation Principals

  • Service Operations Processes

  • Common Service Operations Activities

  • Organizing Service Operation: Functions

  • Technology Considerations

  • Implementation Considerations

  • Challenges, Critical Success Factors and Risks

  • Maintain stability in Service Operations while allowing for changes in design, scope and service levels

  • Support operations through new models and architectures such as shared services

  • Prepare for and take ITIL Intermediate Qualification: Service Operation Certification Examination

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Course Outline

MODULE 1: Service Operations and the overall ITIL® Lifecycle

· Principles and objectives

· Functions and common activities

· How Service operation creates business value

· Challenges, critical success factors and risks

MODULE 2: Balancing Conflicting Goals

· Internal IT vs. external business view

· Stability vs. responsiveness

· Quality of Services (QoS) vs. cost of services

· Reactive and proactive activities

MODULE 3: Core Service Operation Processes

Primary ITIL processes within Service Operation

· Event management: Active & Passive Monitoring

· Restoring normal service through Incident Management

· Request fulfillment

· Managing Problems with Root Cause Analysis

· Access Management

MODULE 4: Operational Activities of other ITIL Processes

· Change, Configuration and Release Management

· Capacity & Availability Management

MODULE 5: Common Service Operation Activities

Monitoring & Control of IT Operations

· Detecting the status of services & CIs

· Taking appropriate corrective action

· Console management/operations bridge: a central coordination point for monitoring and managing services

MODULE 6: Management of the Infrastructure

Mainframe, Server and Network Management

· Storage and database management

· Managing directory services and desktop support

· Facilities and datacenter management

· Managing IT security in service operations

· Improving operational activities

MODULE 7: Operational aspects of processes from other lifecycle phases

· Change, configuration and release

· Availability

· Capacity

· Service continuity

MODULE 8: Organizing for Service Operation

Mapping Service Operation functions to activities

· Roles and responsibilities

· Understanding the organizational context

MODULE 9: Service Operation structure

· Service Desk

· Technical Management

· IT Operations Management

Application management

MODULE 10: Key functions of the Service Desk

· Logging incidents and requests

· First-line investigation and diagnosis

· Managing the lifecycle of incidents and requests

· Keeping users informed

MODULE 11: Structuring the Service Desk

· Local vs. centralized

· The virtual service desk

· Follow-the-sun operation

MODULE 12: Technology Related Issues

· Technology, tools and expertise requirements

· Defining architecture standards

· Involvement in the design and build of new services and operational practices

· Contributing to Service Design, Service Transition and Continual Service Improvement projects

· Evaluating change requests

· Matching technology to the organizational situation

MODULE 13: Implementation Challenges and Risks

· Managing change in service operations

· Service operation and project management

· Assessing and managing risk

· Operational staff in design and transition

· Planning and implementing service management technologies



To be eligible for the ITIL® Intermediate Qualification: Service Operation examination, candidates shall fulfill the following requirements:

· At least 21 contact hours of instruction
· Basic IT literacy or around 2 years of IT experiences is desirable
· Hold the ITIL® Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management

Passing score is 70%. Eight (8) multiple choice, scenario based, gradient scored questions. Each question will have 4 possible answer options, one of which is worth 5 marks, one of which is 3 marks, one of which is 1 mark, and one of which is a distracter and achieves no marks. Maximum 90 minutes for all candidates in their respective language.



ITIL® is a registered trade mark of AXELOS Limited.


Individuals who require a detailed understanding of the ITIL® Service Operation phase of the ITIL core Lifecycle and how it may be implemented to enhance the quality of IT service provision within an organization.

  • IT operations, technical, or IT management personnel requiring more information about ITIL best practices

  • Anyone responsible for managing, implementing, or consulting on ITIL processes within IT or in conjunction with IT



ITIL® is a registered trade mark of AXELOS Limited.

Available Course Dates

03/06/2018 10:00 am - 03/08/2018 6:00 pm
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