BiSL Next

What is BiSL Next? Does it replace the original version of BiSL or is it something completely different? Itís not called BiSL2, that might be a clue.

At least we know that BiSL is a framework for Business Information management (BIM) and stands for Business Information Services Library.

BiSL Next is there because the first version of BiSL (letís refer to it as BiSL1) is used quit a lot (and adds a lot of value) however itís used only on a operational and tactical level and only in the Netherlands. And of course we need the strategic level to get involved and itís useful outside the Netherlands as well!

BiSL1 is a best practice and provides a lot of guidance to mature your BIM organization. It describes a lot of processes that can help you making BIM more efficient and effective. And many organizations use it, so itís a proven way of working.

On the strategic level of an organization they worry about making the information provision future proof. So that should include BIM as well. Usually they look for all kind of guidance that can help them do their job, not a framework that tells them how to do their job. And that is where BiSL Next can help you out. Although itís not a best practice (like BiSL1) it provides guidance on what to take into account if you want to make your information provision future proof. And itís written in native English, so itís easier to understand compared to a translation of a native Dutch publication.

So letís assume you want to adopt an agile way of working and you choose SCRUM. In this case SCRUM will give you guidance on how to change e.g. a service in several short sprints. BiSL Next will provide the guidance on what to take into account when changing that service.

In other words BiSL Next relates more to the strategic level of an organization. It provides guidance on what to take into account, it will not provide the answers to questions or guidance on how to mature your BIM organization. Nevertheless it might be useful to look into BiSL NEXT because it might help you out improving your BIM organization. As far as Iím concerned BiSL1 is still a very useful best practice for implementing your Business Information Management (BIM) organization and BiSL NEXT is a valuable addition!
Jasper Maas

For more details on BiSL Next please watch the video or download a preview of BiSL Next on the website