SFIA - e-CF Collaboration
As part of SFIA's collaboration programme discussions have been held to look at a closer working relationship with e-CF (European e-Competence Framework).
The SFIA Foundation has developed and maintained the global IT skills framework since 2000. It has global reach with users in over 180 countries and many thousands or corporates and individuals registered for licences. The EU has been working on the e-CF since around 2005. Both frameworks have similar aims and indeed many similarities, and of course some differences.
In March 2016, many representatives from e-CF met with the SFIA Foundation to discuss addressing major skills issues. In particular, the e-CF team wanted to know, given the very high costs of maintaining skills frameworks and the challenges to gaining use of such frameworks, how the SFIA Foundation had managed to undertake several major updates since 2000 and generate such a global user base.
At the end of that meeting, unanimously, the e-CF team decided that there should be a programme of work towards merging the two frameworks and the SFIA Foundation agreed. This made sense for the global community and especially so as both frameworks were about to go into their update cycles. BCS commissioned a report to look at the two frameworks in the spirit of collaboration and leading to merge actions:
- compare the frameworks
- provide a detailled mapping
- note similarities and differences
- discuss possible merging actions
In a follow up workshop to discuss the major points of this report, merging was again discussed and it was noted that as both frameworks were due to begin their update process that this was an ideal time to make the first steps towards such a merge and even share development costs.
Note: This comparison is based on SFIA 6 and e-CF (V3). It is important to keep in mind that this comparison was written from the perspective of merging the two frameworks. It also proposed a merging plan, as requested by the March 2016 joint workshop, and identified some of the issues that needed to be addressed in such a merge activity.
Despite the logic in merging, no further action was taken and the SFIA Community could not hold up their update any longer so initiatied the SFIA 7 update development and this report provided input to that. As all proposed changes to SFIA and all discussions are public domain and readily available, this report and all SFIA change discussions have been available to the e-CF update activity. Moving closer together is still possible but currently not in a controlled or coordinated manner. SFIA 7 was published June 2018, e-CF V4 is eagerly anticipated. When e-CF V4 is finally published then this report will be updated to reflect this.
This report, carried out by Ian Seward on behalf of BCS, is now made available to the SFIA community. For more information on this collaboration, or indeed on mapping other frameworks to SFIA, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.