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Certification Watch (Vol. 22, No. 15)

ITIL 4 Launch Opens New Era of ITIL


The newest version of ITIL is here.The globally popular IT Service Management (ITSM) framework ITIL has entered the next phase of its evolution with the worldwide release, at the end of February, of ITIL 4. ITIL, originally an acronym for Information Technology Infrastructure Library, was developed by U.K. government officials in the 1980s to standardize IT management practices. In 2013, British business process outsourcing firm Capita and the U.K. Cabinet Office create AXELOS, a joint venture to manage the future of ITIL. ITIL 4 represents the first major overhaul of ITIL since 2007. As described in a new article posted at, the official website of Certification Magazine, the process of revising and updating ITIL, first announced in November 2017, involved input from more than 2,800 global experts drawn from a variety of industries. As noted by the article's author, AXELOS product amabassador Akshay Anand, a key goal of the overhaul was to improve ITIL certification: "One of the core principles we have adopted in the update program is to make ITIL 4 lean — to only include necessary information in core guidance, and to simplify the certification structure and learning journey."


CompTIA: You Don't Need a Degree to Work In IT


There's an ongoing debate in the IT realm as to whether tech workers are best positioned to succeed by getting a university or college degree in computer science. One of the latest arguments to emerge popped through last week at the IT Career News blog of tech industry association CompTIA. Writing under the provocative headline "IT Job Myths Busted: Not Everyone Has a Computer Science Degree," blogger Eileen Ristau Tauchman says that you don't need a computer science degree to succeed in IT — or any degree at all. As Tauchman puts it, "There are IT pros who have computer science degrees, but others have business degrees, communications degrees or no degree at all! A large portion of IT jobs don’t require a four-year degree or even a two-year degree." If you're a career switcher or student pondering a career in tech, it's worth hopping over to digest and weigh her arguments before giving serious thought to a degree program.


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