ASL - a framework for application management

ASL (Application Services Library) is a framework and collection of best practices for application management.




ASL is owned by the ASL BiSL Foundation. Their aim is to create an integrated chain for information supply management. In their own words: “ASL BiSL Foundation (formerly ASL Foundation) has managed ASL and BiSL’s key ideas for several years, and is now developing them further. In doing so, it is seeking to bring business and IT closer together. The supply of information – perhaps by its very nature – needs to take place via an integrated chain.” (source: ASL BISL Foundation)

Brief history and description

ASL (Application Services Library)  was developed by a Dutch IT service provider, PinkRoccade in the 1990s and was made public in 2001. Since 2002 the framework and the accompanying best practices have been maintained by the ASL BiSL Foundation. The current version is Version 2 (ASL2); published in the Netherlands in 2009.

ASL is concerned with managing the support, maintenance, renewal and strategy of applications in an economically sound manner. The library consists of a framework, best practices, standard templates and a self-assessment. The ASL framework provides descriptions of all the processes that are needed for application management.

The framework distinguishes six process clusters, which are viewed at operational, managing and strategic levels (see Figure).

The ASL framework (source: ASL BiSL Foundation)

Target Audience

The target audience for ASL consists of everyone who is involved in the development and management of applications: application support personnel, application architects and designers, programmers, testers, and managers with responsibility for application development or application management.

User communities and groups

The ASL BISL Foundation forms the main hub for the ASL user community.

Official publisher

The official publisher for the ASL BISL Foundation is Van Haren Publishing. Additionally, articles, white papers and glossaries can be downloaded from the ASL BISL Foundation site.

Accreditations and qualifications

The ASL BISL Foundation provides the following information on certification:

Individual professionals can receive a certificate when passing their ASL- or BiSL Foundation exam. See Education.
“Application managament teams can obtain an organization based certificate. In 2007 the NEN, the Dutch Standardization Institute, introduced the Dutch Standard for Application Management, the NEN 3434. Organizations can have their Application Management activities audited to this standard. This local standard was developed in cooperation with the ASL BiSL Foundation and is based on ASL. For more information, see NEN 3434. In May 2011 within ISO/IEC an international studygroup has been established to review the ISO 16350, a ‘new work item proposal’ based on NEN 3434 and ASL, with the ultimate aim to develop an international standard for Application Management. Certification audits based on NEN 3434 are provided by the British Standard Institute (BSI), from their local office in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.”

(Source: ASL BISL Foundation)

APMG provides the official ASL, ASL 2 and BiSL Foundation exams. Please check the official APMG International site for details.




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