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SFIA 9 Beta: Transforming the Future of Digital Skills

The wait is over! SFIA 9 Beta is here, packed with thrilling updates to revolutionize how we define and develop digital skills. Let’s explore the exciting new features and why this release is a game-changer for professionals, organizations, and governments.

Comprehensive Skill Updates

SFIA (Skills Framework for the Information Age) version 9 Beta boasts significant updates to existing skills and introduces new ones to keep up with the latest industry trends:

  • Cloud Computing: Expanded and enhanced skills in IT infrastructure, system software, network support, and database administration.
  • Finance: New skills like financial analysis, cost management, and budgeting are now part of the framework.
  • AI/ML and Cybersecurity: Updated skills to include the latest in AI/ML system development and cybersecurity measures.
  • Digital Health and Data Analytics: New skills to cover emerging roles and technologies in these critical sectors.

Supporting New Talent

SFIA 9 Beta strongly emphasizes supporting entry-level employees. New guidance for levels 1 to 3 ensures that individuals at the start of their careers have clear pathways and robust support structures to develop their skills and grow within their roles.

Flexible and Adaptable Framework

The restructuring of several skills provides greater flexibility and more straightforward application. For example, the “Release and Deployment” skill is now split into two distinct skills: “Release Management” and “Deployment,” offering more precise definitions and applications for modern enterprises.

Embracing Emerging Technologies

SFIA 9 Beta is future-focused, identifying the skills needed for developing and operating AI/ML systems. It also explores how generative AI can augment existing SFIA skills, ensuring the framework remains relevant as technology evolves.

Community-Driven Development

Your feedback is crucial! SFIA 9 Beta is open for public testing and feedback, allowing users worldwide to contribute insights and suggestions. This collaborative approach ensures the final version is well-rounded and meets the practical needs of its diverse user base.

What’s Next?

  • Beta Review: Began July 1, 2024. Now is your chance to test and provide feedback.
  • Final Release: Scheduled for October 2024. Incorporates community feedback for a refined framework.

Join the Webinars

Get ready for a series of webinars designed to guide you through the new features of SFIA 9 Beta. These sessions will provide detailed guidance on how to use the framework effectively and how you can contribute to the beta review process.

Why You Should Be Excited

SFIA 9 Beta is more than just an update; it’s a transformation. Here’s why you should be excited:

  • Stay Current and Competitive: Keep up with industry trends and technologies.
  • Effective Skills Management: Enjoy enhanced usability and flexible skill structures.
  • Support Talent Development: Clear pathways for entry-level employees to thrive.
  • Community Collaboration: Your feedback helps shape the final version.
  • Future-Proofing: Addresses the needs of emerging technologies like AI and ML.

SFIA 9 Beta is set to revolutionize how we manage digital skills, ensuring that professionals and organizations are prepared for the future. Don’t miss out on being part of this exciting journey. For more details and to participate in the beta review, visit SFIA 9 Beta Release Notes.

Additional Resources:

  • Request access to our on-demand demo showcase to see how SkillsTX Talent eXperience Skills Intelligence makes the SFIA Framework come to life.
  • Ask yourself, “How well does my organization do Digital Skills Management?” | Take our 15-minute Digital Skills Management Maturity Assessment to find out. (40+ pages of tailored strategies for transitioning to a skills-based talent strategy)
  • Download the FREE SFIA Cheat Sheet
  • Create your own SFIA-aligned skills inventory by taking a FREE SFIA Assessment and compare your skills against more than 600 job descriptions and roles.
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