What is it?
As IT becomes more complex and pervasive there is an ever-growing need to clearly define, recruit and grow skilled resources. SFIA and e-CF provide a language that is the foundation for consistent, unambiguous and clear definitions of IT-based skills.
Whether recruiting through agencies or the press, using contractors or outsourcing, never has there been a greater need for simplicity and consistency in skills development. SFIA provides the common language that integrates with an organization’s way of working to improve capability and resource planning, resource deployment and performance management. It also:
- Gives recognizable descriptions of the professional skills needed by IT people.
- Contains a set of consistent levels of attainment.
- Clearly distinguishes professional skills from technical knowledge.
- Integrates flexibly with an organization’s existing ways of working.
- Is available free of charge from The SFIA Foundation, a non-profit organization.
- Is maintained and updated through a process of open consultation by the IT industry, for the IT industry.
Where did it come from?
SFIA and e-CF were established more than 10 years ago as a framework for IT professionals to match the skills of their workforce to the requirements of the business.
They are a logical, two-dimensional skills framework defined by areas of work on one axis and levels of responsibility on the other. It is a proven, effective resource that benefits businesses by facilitating all aspects of capability management in corporate and educational environments.
They are easily accessible to:
- ICT practitioners and users.
- Education and training providers.
Who is it for?
SFIA has achieved worldwide recognition and use, e-CF is more linked to the European market.
It reflects the views of informed professionals. It is based on practical management considerations. It is compatible with different ways of working. It is the product of the collaboration of many individuals and groups working in IT, people with real experience in managing and developing IT skills.
As a result the skills frameworks answer a need experienced by all IT managers.