IT Service Management Forum joins SFIA Foundation

The IT Service Management Forum (ITMSF) is to become the fifth board member body of the SFIA Foundation, it has been revealed. The Skills Framework for the Information Age is an internationally-recognised framework for describing and mapping the professional skills required by IT practitioners.

The SFIA framework has been employed by organisations in over 150 countries, was recently translated into Japanese and is now undergoing a similar transformation into Chinese (see IT Industry Commentary, 25/08/08 - 'Now SFIA heads east').

The ITSMF community developed ITIL V3, the globally-accepted benchmark of best practice in the management and provision of IT services.  Through an accessible network of industry experts, information sources and events, ITSMF provides a forum for members enabling exchange of opinions and experiences and the participation in continuous development of best practice.

“This occupational framework gives recognition to the highly skilled people in our industry, the people who carry out the key functions that support business and who make the successful delivery of business a reality,” said Keith Aldis, ITSMF representative on the SFIA Foundation Board. “Our industry is set to grow quickly, and the skills of our practitioners need to broaden, improve, increase in depth and quality and be measured. We need to raise awareness and IT professionals need to be seen, heard and appreciated and we can do all this through properly structured training regimes that underpin the business”.

“Both SFIA and ITSMF have thrived within their respective areas, and we look forward to future success as the ITSMF joins,” said Mike Bridgefoot, SFIA Foundation Board representative for the IET, one of the SFIA Foundation’s joint owners.

Other members of the SFIA Foundation are the BCS (British Computer Society), IMIS (The Institute for the Management of Information Systems), and e-Skills UK.

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