Strategy & planning
The Strategy & planning seems more high level, so I will start with that. What I need are responsibility and accountability at SIFA Level 5: "ensure, advise: Broad direction, supervisory, objective setting responsibility. Influences organisation. Challenging and unpredictable work. Self sufficient in business skills".
|Strategy & planning||Information strategy||Information management|
|Advice and guidance||Consultancy|
The first subcategory is "Information strategy" with skill "Information management" but this has no level 5 and does not seem that relevant. Similarly, "Advice and guidance" Consultancy has no level 5 and "Technical specialism" is proposed for deletion from the next version of SFIA, so there seems no point in using it.
|Business/IS strategy and planning||Research|
|Business process improvement|
| Strategic application of information systems|
|Business risk management|
The identification of new and alternative approaches to performing business activities. The analysis of business processes, including recognition of the potential for automation of the processes, assessment of the costs and potential benefits of the new approaches considered and, where appropriate, management of change, and assistance with implementation.
SFIA 3: Use of this skill at this levelAnalyses business processes; identifies alternative solutions, assesses feasibility, and recommends new approaches. Contributes to evaluating the factors which must be addressed in the change programme. Helps establish requirements for the implementation of changes in the business process. ...
From: Business process improvement: Level , SFIA Foundation, 2008
Contributes to the creation and review of a systems capability strategy which meets the strategic requirements of the business. Develops models and plans to drive forward the strategy, taking advantage of opportunities to improve business performance. Takes responsibility for investigative work to determine requirements and specify effective business processes, through improvements in information systems, data management, practices, procedures, organisation and equipment.
From: Enterprise Architecture (replaces "Strategic Application of Information Systems"): Level 5 Proposed for SFIA 4, SFIA Foundation, 2008
|Technical strategy and planning||Systems architecture|
|Emerging technology monitoring|
| Continuity management|
|Software development process improvement|
|Methods and tools|
The identification of new and emerging hardware, software and communication technologies and products, services, methods and techniques and the assessment of their relevance and potential value to the organisation. The promotion of emerging technology awareness among staff and business management.
SFIA 3: Use of this skill at this levelMonitors the market to gain knowledge and understanding of currently emerging technologies. Identifies new and emerging hardware and software technologies and products based on own area of expertise, assesses their relevance and potential value to the organisation, contributes to briefings of staff and business management. ...
From: Emerging technology monitoring: Level , SFIA Foundation, 2008
Continuity management might be relevant where new green data centres are being planned, but is a peripheral issue. Similarly Software development process improvement might be used to make more efficient applications which therefore need less hardware to run on and less energy and Network planning could be used for greener networks, but these are also not central to the course.
Ensuring that appropriate methods and tools for the planning, development, testing, operation, management and maintenance of systems are adopted and used effectively throughout the organisation.
SFIA 3: Use of this skill at this levelPromotes and ensures use of appropriate techniques, methodologies and tools. ...
From: Methods & tools: Level 5, SFIA Foundation, 2008
|Supplier relationship management|
Procurement appears central to the Green ICT issues. One of the primary ways to make ICT sustainable is to use different criteria in the procurement of hardware, software and services. This looks like it might be the most important skill needed.
The management, or provision of advice on, the procurement of goods and services.
SFIA 3: Use of this skill at this levelClarifies specifications for key products and services. Investigates the technical and commercial options for fulfilling the requirements, including possible sources of supply, and agrees the preferred options and potential suppliers with the business. Ensures that suppliers are approved in accordance with company procedures. Manages the tender, evaluation and acquisition process with expert assistance as required. Negotiates with preferred suppliers, drafts contracts and technical schedules, develops acceptance procedures and criteria. Places contracts. Implements, maintains and disseminates procurement strategy, policy, standards, methods and processes.
Proposed for SFIA 4: Use of this skill at this levelClarifies specifications for key products and services. Investigates the technical and commercial options for fulfilling the requirements, including possible sources of supply, and agrees the preferred options and potential suppliers with the business. Ensures that suppliers are approved in accordance with company procedures. Manages the tender, evaluation and acquisition process with expert assistance as required. Typically as part of a wider commercial and legal team, assists with negotiations with preferred suppliers, drafting contracts and technical schedules, and developing acceptance procedures and criteria. Places contracts. Implements, maintains and disseminates procurement strategy, policy, standards, methods and processes. ...
From: Procurement: Level 5, SFIA Foundation, 2008
|Quality management||Quality management|
The independent assessment of the conformity of any activity, process, deliverable, product or service with the criteria of specified standards, such as ISO 27001, local standards, best practice, or other documented requirements. May relate to, for example, asset management, network security tools, firewalls and internet security, real-time systems and application design.
SFIA 3: Use of this skill at this levelEvaluates and independently appraises the internal control of automated business processes, based on investigation evidence and assessments undertaken by self or team. Ensures that independent appraisals follow agreed procedure and advises others on the audit process. Provides advice to management on ways of improving the effectiveness and efficiency of their control mechanisms. Compliance activity can include safety assessments of the design, testing and validation and verification methods used in given safety-related systems. Involves the identification and evaluation of associated risks and how they can be reduced. ...
From: Compliance review (Replaces "Compliance audit"): Level 5, SFIA Foundation, 2008
|Resource management||Project office|
|Information System co-ordination|
|Client services management|
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