BiSL® – Business Information Services Library

BiSL® (Business Information Services Library)

BiSL (Business Information Services Library) is a framework and collection of best practices for business information management.




BiSL 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

BiSL (Business Information Services Library) was developed by a Dutch IT service provider, PinkRoccade and was made public in 2005. BiSL was then transferred to the public domain and adopted by the ASL – BiSL Foundation.  The current version is Version 1.1, published in 2012.

BiSL focuses on how business organizations can improve control over their information systems: demand for business support, use of information systems and contracts and other arrangements with IT suppliers. BiSL offers guidance in business information management: support for the use of information systems in business processes, operational IT control and information management.

The library consists of a framework, best practices, standard templates and a self-assessment. The BiSL framework gives a description of all the processes that enable the control of information systems from a business perspective (see Figure).


The BiSL Framework (source: the ASL BiSL Foundation)


The framework distinguishes seven process clusters, which are positioned at the operational, managing and strategic levels.

Target Audience

BiSL is primarily aimed at business management, information management and professionals who wish to improve the support of their business processes by realizing a better automated and non-automated information provision.

User communities and groups

The ASL BISL Foundation forms the main hub for the BiSL 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.

Source: ASL BISL Foundation


APMG provides the official ASL, ASL 2 and BiSL Foundation exams. Please check the ASL BISL Foundation “Education” page and the official APMG International site for details.




Official Sites ASL BiSL Foundation home page
User groups and communities ASL BiSL Foundation home page
Publications ASL BiSL Foundation book shop
Accreditations and Qualifications APMG Certification scheme
ASL BiSL Foundation education page
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Other useful links n/a
FREE IBPI documents Whitepapers