The new owners of ITIL and Prince2, a joint venture between the outsourcing firm Capita and the UK Cabinet Office, have today lifted the lid on their new brand – Axelos.
Being an uncultivated simpleton, I thought Axelos sounded like a nondescript logistics company or no-frills airline with a brand uncomfortably close to ITSM tool vendor ‘Axios’.
Luckily, we can refer to our resident ITSM philosophy buff Barclay Rae for a considerably more cultured opinion:
Axelos stems from the Greek-French philosopher Kostas Axelos, a philosopher who ‘United old and new with games and openness’.
@ClaireAgutter he used the power of play and reconciled some old and new thinking via an open approach
— Barclay Rae (@barclayrae) July 2, 2013
Perhaps a sign that G2G3 was not an opportunistic purchase but part of a serious attempt by Capita to modernise the frameworks via game mechanics and simulation.
In other related news:
- G2G3 have been acquired by Capita but are not part of the JV Axelos.
- I’m curious to know how itSMF, who have historically positioned themselves as an ‘ITIL User Group‘, fit within the new venture. Today’s bulletin from itSMF UK shared no details.
- G2G3 have appointed Ian Clayton and Kenneth Gonzalez to ‘Strengthen the Americas team‘
Axelos will be led by CEO Peter Hepworth.
‘Today is the first major milestone as we build towards becoming fully operational in January 2014. Over the next few months we will be in listening mode, working alongside product users, trainers and examiners to gather together their invaluable expertise. With thoughtful investment and innovative learning techniques, we are looking forward to developing this unique suite of management tools.”
The JV team should be congratulated for getting out there and engaging with the industry. Although I suspect practitioners and training organizations will soon grow impatient with ‘Listening’ and want to hear a lot more ‘Action’.
Watch this space: