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Transatlantic ITIL survey puts Europe way ahead

North America is accelerating its adoption, but results still way off those of European counterparts and those 'best-in-class'.

European organisations are leading their North American counterparts in the adoption and execution of IT service management (ITSM) guidelines, a new report has revealed.

Based on a survey, conducted by researcher Aberdeen Group, the report found over half (55 per cent) of European businesses are currently managing their IT as a service according to IT Information Library (ITIL) best practice framework guidelines, compared to just a third (33 per cent) in North America.

Of the 300 organisations questioned, those in Europe using the framework are meeting 65 per cent of service level agreement (SLA) targets, while those in North America are achieving only 41 per cent of their SLAs.

The fact that ITIL adoption seems linked to higher levels of service delivery in Aberdeen report, "IT Transforms Itself into a Service", suggests ITIL is key to ensuring IT processes can be closely aligned to business goals.

Dr. Ralph Rodriguez, Aberdeen senior vice president of research said: "Our research indicates that following the ITIL best practice guidelines can provide substantial bottom-line results and those businesses that implement ITSM well are receiving more than their fair share of the benefits."

These findings are also compelling from the point of view of those that are 'best in class'. Both European and North American enterprises that effectively implemented ITSM strategies and ITIL best practices to earn top-performance status, on average achieved 86 per cent of their SLA goals, which worked out 139 per cent better than all others.

On average the 'best in class' also have 85 per cent of their IT services delivered on time, which is 20 per cent above industry average. And they experience 83 per cent efficiency of IT processes or 112 per cent better than all others surveyed, while they currently experience 63 per cent cost savings from their ITSM implementations.

As further evidence of the ITIL's potential to improve enterprise IT delivery, the success of those best-in-class organisations questioned for the Axios Systems-sponsored report is helping to spur adoption in North America, which is set to take off in the next 12 months.

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