What Is Service Delivery?

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Service delivery is a component of business that defines the interaction between providers and clients where the provider offers a service, whether that be information or a task, and the client either finds value or loses value as a result. Good service delivery provides clients with an increase in value.

One of the most common areas of service delivery is through ITIL, also known as an information technology infrastructure library. Throughout the service delivery process of ITIL, service providers work to clearly define the content of services, clearly define the roles and responsibilities of the customers and users, clearly define the roles and responsibilities of the service providers and set service quality expectations as well as availability and timeliness.

Service delivery can be found in many different professions and company structures, such as medical hospitals and IT companies. IT has its own set of standard service delivery practices that are followed by most companies. In these practices, service level management is as important as service level delivery. Service level management provides a framework where services are defined and levels of service support are agreed upon. There are service level agreements and operational level agreements that are created. Additionally, the costs for services are developed. Service level management defines the IT and business roles and establishes clear goals for both roles.