SFIA is unique in defining skill levels in terms of increasing responsibility, rather than simply depth of expertise. Each level is described in detail that captures the degree of autonomy, influence, complexity and breadth of vision, all of which increase from lower to higher levels.
SFIA identifies 102 skills in the fields of information management, systems and services. Competencies are described at each of the levels that are relevant to a particular skill. The whole framework is organised into six categories, which reflect the diversity of skills:
- Strategy and architecture
- Change and transformation
- Development and implementation
- Delivery and operation
- Skills and quality
- Relationships and engagement