Norwich, UK, 28 May 2010: Industry-leading publisher The Stationery Office (TSO) is supporting a new project to increase the use of ITIL® and PRINCE2™ in China.
The Gaochun Nanjing Regional Government has formed a joint venture with Goalsoft (Shanghai) and AIM Tech (UK) Limited to set up an IT Science Park that will include a training centre offering ITIL and PRINCE2 training.
Janine Eves, OGC Contract Manager and Publisher at TSO, says: “There are 13m project managers to be trained in China, so the potential for this initiative is enormous. We fully support the goals of the new centre in spreading the word about ITIL and PRINCE2 across China.”
Representatives of TSO, the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) and the official ITIL accreditor APMG met with a delegation from the Nanjing Regional Government earlier this year, at the Treasury Building in Westminster, London, to discuss the project. The meeting included a presentation from Nigel Smith, the OGC’s chief executive officer, outlining the goals and values of the OGC and describing key commercial products such as ITIL and PRINCE2.
OGC and TSO joined the delegation in the afternoon to attend the ‘UK-Nanjing Business Connecting Seminar on Financial and Creative Industries’ held at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London. During the seminar a number of protocols were signed between British companies and various Chinese entities. One of the protocols signed was to commemorate the Gaowin joint venture that will be responsible for the growth of ITIL and PRINCE2 training throughout China.
Since it was launched in 1989, ITIL has been respected worldwide as an industry-standard source of IT service management (ITSM) guidance. Initially consisting of more than 40 books, ITIL Version 1 covered a variety of IT practices. Streamlining allowed ITIL Version 2 to be released as 10 books and the best practice framework for ITSM. ITIL Version 3 updates best practice for ITSM with five titles – ‘Service Strategy’, ‘Service Design’, ‘Service Transition’, ‘Service Operation’ and ‘Continual Service Improvement’ – now forming the core of ITIL practice. OGC will continue to update the core ITIL Version 3 guidance through controlled releases in the future.
PRINCE2 (meaning ‘PRojects IN Controlled Environments’) is an OGC project management methodology. The latest PRINCE2 edition was released in 2009.