The ASL BiSL Foundation was present at the ICT Professionalism conference in Brussel on December 6th 2016.
The conference dealt with topics such as a skills strategy for Europe, growing the digital talent pool, the launch of a European IT Professionalism Framework, professional ethics and examples of how the European IT Professionalism Framework is being implemented. Mark Smalley contributed to the last topic, sharing how the ASL BiSL Foundation is aligning with European developments such as the IT Professionalism Framework.
Our contribution is illustrated below, following the structure of the four building blocks of the IT Professionalism Framework:
1. Foundational ICT Body of knowledge: comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge accommodating a common ICT body of knowledge and pertinent specialist knowledge and skills.
Mapping our process-oriented body of knowledge to e-CF’s competences provided the insight that most of the current e-CF competences address the needs of the ICT service provider, whether internal or external. The Application Services Library (ASL®), on which the ISO 16350 standard for Application Management is based, is guidance for ICT service providers, and corresponds with many of e-CF’s competences. We recognise the need for end-to-end coverage of ICT competences that also include the ICT service consumer perspective – in other words, the business perspective. The Business Information Service Library (BiSL®) addresses business perspective with practices that guide and support demand for, and use of ICT. A Demand-Supply-Use value chain offers a more holistic and inclusive way of extracting value from investments in ICT. We are prepared to contribute these insights and practices for future updates of the Foundational ICT Body of knowledge.
2. Competences: an understanding of the capability and competency needs of individuals working in various roles is essential for organizations to effectively recruit and develop suitable employees.
We have mapped various roles in the Business Information Management domain to the relevant e-CF competences. Using this independent common language makes it easier to compare these roles with roles in other ICT domains, such as Business Analysis. This common understanding is increasingly important because of the emergence of multidisciplinary collaborative ways of working, such as Agile and DevOps. The table below illustrates such a high-level mapping for a role at the operational level of Business Information Management, the role of Business information administrator.
3. Education and Training: certifications, qualifications, non-formal learning and informal learning are mutually supportive components of a professional’s career development.
Our portfolio of certifications are independently administered by APMG International. Courses are provided by various commercial accredited training providers and are part of the curriculum of universities of applied sciences. The current certifications – and related courses – are ASL® Foundation, BiSL® Foundation and BiSL® Advanced and can be taken after classroom or (blended) online training, or after self-study. All exams can be taken online, any time, any place. These trainings and exams support specific knowledge areas of fBOK, for instance ‘Software design and development’ (ASL and ISO 16350) and ‘ICT Strategy and Governance’ (BiSL).
4. Professional Ethics: a defining aspect of any profession involves adhering to professional ethical conduct.
In 2015, members of the ASL BiSL Foundation drew up a Manifesto for the Business Information Management domain, in which they identified principles and values that guide their behaviour. This exercise was an opportunity for the participating members to reflect on their profession from a more fundamental perspective, giving them a better grounding for helping enterprises to realize short-term and long-term business goals by obtaining access to, and ensuring effective use of, valuable information and IT.