About On-Demand Learning

TechSherpas 365’s On-Demand courses provide you with access to official courseware materials and hands-on labs, empowering you to learn at your own pace. On-Demand allows you to design your training around your schedule, budget, and individual learning needs.

On-Demand Learning is a perfect solution for students who are unable to attend traditional instructor-led training due to schedule constraints. You receive the same materials and labs as an instructor-led course, with the added convenience of flexible scheduling and a lower price tag.

This On-Demand Course Includes:

  • Official Courseware License
  • Hands-on Exercises/Labs
  • Certification Package:
    • Practice exam
    • official certification exam

Course Overview

Service Operation (SO) provides you with an intense and focused exploration of the new and modified topics in ITIL® 2011. The course is intended for those who work within a Service Operation environment and require a deeper understanding of the underlying concepts, processes/functions and activities involved and management responsibilities and how they may be used to enhance overall service quality and service provision. The course focuses on the managerial and control aspects of the operational environment.

In This Course You Will Learn:

  • Discuss the Service Lifecycle and Service Management as a Practice: Understand the Service Lifecycle and the objectives and business value for each phase in the lifecycle; understand and articulate “service” and be able to explain the concept of Service Management as a practice
  • Explain the basic Service Operation Principles: Understand common principles and guidelines that influence the performance of SO processes/functions with a focus on operational support and improvement activities
  • Identify Service Operation Processes & Functions: Understand the managerial and supervisory aspects of the SO processes as well as the operational activities shared across the lifecycle. Other areas of discussion include the roles and responsibilities, challenges, critical success factors and risks within each of the processes. The processes and function (in italics) include:
  • Event Management
  • Incident Management
  • Request Fulfillment
  • Problem Management
  • Access Management
  • Service Desk
  • Technical Management
  • IT Operations Management (IT Operations Control, Facilities Management)
  • Application Management
  • Discuss common Service Operation activities: Understand the role and the responsibilities of each of the activities (e.g., Monitoring and Control, Network Management, Storage and Archive, Desktop Support, Middleware Management, etc…) and their input to all lifecycle phases
  • Explore Technology and Implementation Considerations: Understand the role of technology to Service Operation and explore concepts that have great impact on SO process/function implementation


ITIL® Foundations training is required prior to taking this course and it is highly recommended that all ITIL Intermediate Candidates have 2 to 4 years of Service Management Experience.  If you plan on taking the ITIL® 2011: Service Operation certification exam, then you must have taken and passed the ITIL® Foundations exam (or v2, v3 or 2011equivalent) and present the certificate to the testing organization in order to sit for this exam.

Before attending training for the certification it is also strongly recommended that candidates read the ITIL Service Lifecycle core publications and, in particular, the ITIL Service Operation publications.


Module 00: Course Introduction

Module 01: Exam Tips
•    Understanding the exam process
•    Exam questions and grading
•    Taking the exam
•    Using the practice exams

Module 02: Service Management as a Practice

•    Components of the Service Lifecycle
•    What is a Service?
•    What Comprises Value?
•    What is Service Management?
•    A Process
•    Generic Roles

Module 03: Overview of Service Operation (SO)
•    Purpose, Objectives, Scope of SO
•    SO – Value to the Business
•    Service Operation Challenges
•    Service Operation Critical Success Factors
•    Service Operation Risks

Module 04: Exercise: ITSM and Failure

Module 05: Service Operation Principles Part 1
•    Achieving Balance in Service Operation
•    Providing Good Service
•    Involvement in Other Lifecycle Phases
•    Operational Health
•    Communication

Module 06: Service Operation Principles Part 2
•    Documentation
•    SO Inputs and Outputs
•    Generic Technology Considerations
•    Exercise: “That’s Good Enough for Me”

Module 07: Monitoring and Control Part 1
•    Monitor Control Loops
o    Simple
o    Complex
o    ITSM

Module 08: Monitoring and Control Part 2
•    Defining Objectives for Monitoring Control
•    Types of Monitoring and Reporting
•    Measurement, Metrics and KPIs

Module 09: Common SO Activities Part 1
•    IT Operations
•    Server & Mainframe Management and Support
•    Network Management
•    Storage & Archive
•    Database Administration
•    Directory Services Management
•    Desktop & Mobile Device Support
•    Middleware Management
•    Internet/Web Management
•    Facilities & Data Center Management

Module 10: Common SO Activities Part 2
•    Operational Activities in other Lifecycle Phases
•    Improvement of Operational Activities

Module 11: EXERCISE: ITSM Monitor Control Loop

Module 12: Event Management Part 1
•    Purpose & Objectives
•    Value to the Business
•    Policies/Principles/Basic Concepts
•    Process Overview
•    Roles

Module 13: Event Management Part 2
•    Triggers, Inputs/Outputs & Interfaces
•    Metrics
•    Designing for Event Management
•    Technology Consideration

Module 14: Request Fulfillment (RF)
•    Purpose/Objective/Scope
•    Value to the Business
•    Policies/Principles/Basic Concepts
•    Process Overview
•    Roles

Module 15: Request Fulfillment (RF) Part 2
•    Triggers, Inputs/Outputs & Interfaces
•    Metrics
•    Technology Considerations

Module 16: Incident Management (IM) Part 1
•    Purpose & Objectives
•    Value to the Business
•    Policies/Principles/Basic Concepts
•    Process Overview
•    Roles

Module 17: Incident Management (IM) Part 2
•    Triggers, Inputs/Outputs &Interfaces
•    Metrics
•    Technology Considerations

Module 18: Problem Management (PM) Part 1
•    Purpose & Objectives
•    Value to the Business
•    Policies/Principles/Basic Concepts
•    Process Overview
•    Roles

Module 19: Problem Management (PM) Part 2
•    Triggers, Inputs/Outputs & Interfaces
•    Metrics
•    Technology Considerations

Module 20: Access Management (AccM) Part 1
•    Purpose & Objectives
•    Value to the Business
•    Policies/Principles/Basic Concepts
•    Process Overview
•    Roles

Module 21: Access Management (AccM) Part 2
•    Triggers, Inputs/Outputs & Interfaces
•    Metrics
•    Technical Considerations

Module 22:  Service Desk (SD) Part 1
•    SD – Purpose/Goal/Objective
•    Role of the Service Desk
•    Organizational Structures

Module 23:  Service Desk (SD) Part 2
•    Staffing Options
•    Management Roles
•    Metrics
•    Outsourcing

Module 24: Technical Management (TM)
•    Technical Management Role
•    Activities
•    Design/Maintenance/Support
•    Management Roles
•    Metrics
•    Documentation

Module 25: IT Operations Management (ITOM)
•    Operations Management Role
•    Management Roles
•    Metrics
•    Documentation

Module 26: Application Management (AM)
•    Application Management Role
•    Activities
•    Application Management Lifecycle
•    Application Management Organization
•    Management Roles
•    Metrics
•    Documentation

Module 27: SO Organizational Structures
•    Technical Specialization
•    Activity, Process and Geography Based
•    Hybrid

Module 28: Implementation Considerations
•    Managing Change
•    SO & Project Management
•    Assessing & Managing Risk
•    Operational Staff in Service Design & Transition
•    Planning & Implementing SM Technologies