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Reference and guide to SFIA version 7. Framework status: Current standard.

SFIA 7 for digital transformation

Digital transformation needs SFIA

Why use SFIA instead of creating a standalone digital transformation skills framework?

The industry as a whole; employers, educational institutions, professionals, professional bodies, service providers and their clients benefit from recognising a common language for skills and being part of a bigger picture

The needs of Digital Transformation introduces new context for skills; by using SFIA we can acknowledge the differences between disciplines and contexts for skill while building on the common areas

This enables greater transparency in employment and across the skills supply chain

  • Exposing ways to close skill gaps (for countries, industries, employers and individuals) by recognising the value of the existing skills of seasoned professionals as well as new entrants and mid-career
  • Ensuring individuals’ skills are not discarded / discounted because they happen to have the wrong name
  • Differentiating between skills, knowledge, tools, techniques
  • Facilitating career paths into digital roles
  • Enabling non-technical roles involved in talent management to understand the potential for reusable skills and capabilities

Digital is transforming organisations and job roles to meet new challenges and opportunities.

It requires new and existing professional skills, deployed in new ways, new places and in new relationships - with customers, colleagues and the supply chain.

SFIA is a skills framework that is adapting well to the new world. It’s never been tied to job roles or particular ideas about organisational structures. It doesn’t prescribe whether required skills are supplied internally, externally or in collaborative partnerships.

SFIA evolves to meet real-world needs, because it is driven by professionals who are dealing with new challenges and technologies every day.

SFIA 7 introduces new skills, changes the description of some existing ones, and removes others. Some have new names. It’s an evolution, not a root and branch change.

Clarification of leadership, management and execution skill levels

To help understand how SFIA 7 meets the needs of digital transformation we’ve developed a new ‘view’ of SFIA which focuses on the skills most relevant for digital transformation. As well as a list of skills SFIA provides a comprehensive description of those skills at incremental levels of proficiency - digital leadership, management and exceution.

Using SFIA at the planning and stages of transformation will allow organisations to quickly identify the skills needed as well as the level of proficiency / skill needed.

The table below provides a tailored view of skills most likely needed to deliver digital transformation.

The SFIA 7 Reference guide, (available to download for free by registered users) provides complete descriptions of all the SFIA skills and skill levels listed below.

SFIA skillsOverallSkill summaryLevel 1Level 2Level 3Level 4Level 5Level 6Level 7

Digital strategy, vision and investment

Strategic planning ITSP M M         L L L
Innovation INOV H H         H H NEW
Emerging technology monitoring EMRG H H       H H H  
User research URCH NEW NEW     NEW NEW NEW NEW  
Business process improvement BPRE H H         H H H
Demand management DEMM NEW NEW         NEW NEW  
Portfolio management POMG        
Enterprise and business architecture STPL L         L
Product management PROD H H     H H H H  
Marketing MKTG M L   M M M M M  
Sourcing SORC M   M M M M M M

Digital leadership, culture and skills

Organisational capability development OCDV NEW NEW       NEW NEW NEW  
Organisation design and implementation ORDI H H         H H NEW
Relationship management RLMT M H       M M M M
Competency assessment LEDA H H     M M H H  
Learning design and development TMCR H     NEW H H DELETE  
Knowledge management KNOW NEW NEW     NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW
Performance management PEMT M       M M  
Resourcing RESC        
Professional development PDSV        

Digital innovation, governance and change management

Enterprise IT governance GOVN H H         M H H
Information governance IRMG M       H M M L
Information security SCTY    
Information assurance INAS        
Financial management FMIT        
Data management DATM M       H H H  
Programme management PGMG          
Project management PRMG L L       L L L
Portfolio, programme and project support PROF    
Systems development management DLMG M M         M M M
Change implementation planning and management CIPM          
Benefits management BENM L L         L L  

Digital technology enablers, architectures, business models and digital services

Requirements definition and management REQM H H   H H H H H  
User experience analysis UNAN H M     H H H    
User experience design HCEV H H   DELETE H H H H  
Analytics INAN H H     H H H H
Data visualisation VISL NEW NEW       NEW NEW    
Methods and tools METL H H     NEW H H M  
Solution architecture ARCH M L       NEW M  
Business analysis BUAN L L       L L L  
Business modelling BSMO    
Systems design DESN H M   DELETE DELETE M M M  
Customer service support CSMG M M       M M M  
Supplier management SUPP NEW NEW   NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW  
User experience evaluation USEV M L   M M M M H  


NEW New in SFIA 7
H High level of change in SFIA 7
M Significant change in SFIA 7
L Minor change in SFIA 7
DELETE  Deleted: not present in SFIA 7