Save the date: ICS organises IT Architects Conference 2018

The Irish Computer Society’s (ICS) annual conference, the IT Architects Conference 2018, will take place at the Aviva Stadium on 21st September 2018.  

This year's topic is Digital Architecture, which encapsulates the core concepts of digital disruption and architecture, bringing together technology, processes and people. We recommend this conference to qualified IT architects, CIOs, and heads of IT staff.  

Attending this conference will give you an opportunity to hear of cutting edge developments and to network with speakers and like-minded delegates.  

For more information about the programme please check the event website www.iasa.ie/conference or contact ICS at conferences@ics.ie for registration and sponsorship packages.  

ICS has a broad membership base with members from a range of sectors within the profession. It runs a series of national annual conferences for IT societies within ICS. The conferences cover themes such as IT Leadership, IT Architecture, IT Service Management, Data Protection, Health Informatics, Public Sector and so on.   

Check out www.ics.ie website for future events. 

European Conference on 'Digital Transformation and IT Professionalism' to be held in November 2018 in Brussels

The Digital Capability Reference Framework (DIGIFRAME) will be presented at a conference to be held on 15 November in Brussels, which aims to help increase Europe's digital talent pool and the digital capabilities of enterprises. The event will highlight major themes addressing shortages of IT professionals and the digital maturity levels of enterprises and SMEs, with leading speakers and panellists participating. Currently, 200 experts from industry, education, government and associations from across Europe are set to attend.   

The initiative is run by Capgemini Consulting, IDC and Empirica, who have been awarded a service contract by the European Commission (Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs) to support its work in synergy with other relevant activities including those of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition and the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) on IT professionalism in Europe.   

ITPE conducts survey to gain perspectives of its members on IT professionalism

In Spring of this year, the ITPE secretariat sent out a consultation asking its members about their perspectives on IT professionalism, what the challenges are and how they believe it should be supported and developed. The responses highlighted that increased professionalism will help bridge skills gaps, build curricula, help IT professionals become more involved in strategic processes, define job profiles and contribute to flexible and effective business solutions.   

The mentioned obstacles preventing organisations from achieving IT professionalism goals included the lack of a ‘common language’ and awareness of available solutions, as well as the comprehensive internal changes that organisations need to make for adapting to new staff cultures and procedures. To address these challenges, promoting and implementing standards and frameworks (in particular the e-CF), as well as raising awareness about IT professionalism, ensuring organisational transformation and also active engagement from IT professionals themselves in seeking training and available resources to improve, are key initiatives.   

For more details on the consultation, please go to the survey’s page.

ITPE to co-organise session on IT professionalism with Belgian technology association, 'Agoria', on October 25, 2018

On October 25, 2018, the Belgian association of technology companies, Agoria, will hold its annual event with a session dedicated to the digital transformation of industry and IT professionalism.  

CEPIS Secretary General, Austeja Trinkunaite, will discuss IT professionalism and introduce ITPE to Belgian stakeholders. Jutta Breyer, of the CEN European Committee for Standardisation, will present current developments and practical applicability of the e-CF. They will be joined by Jeroen Franssen from Agoria, who will provide the Belgian perspective on the challenges related to market digitalisation. His presentation will be based on a nation-wide survey that highlights current and future skills needed in the Belgian labour market.  

A total of 16 parallel sessions are planned for the event, which together aim to give a broad overview of the latest regulatory and standardisation developments at regional, national and European level. Entry for the session ‘Labour Market and Digitisation’ will be free for CEPIS and ITPE members - if you wish to attend, please contact the CEPIS secretariat for more information. Learn more about the session here.   

This event is scheduled in line with the ITPE Digital Competence Expert group’s meeting, which will take place in Brussels on 24 October.  

ITPE Digital Competence Expert Group Meeting to be held on October 24 in Brussels

The upcoming ITPE ‘Digital Competence Expert Group Meeting’ is set to be held on October 24 in Brussels. The session will focus on the benefits and challenges related to applying the European e-Competence Framework in practice, as well as the opportunities of the Erasmus+ programme for developing projects related to IT professionalism. As a follow-up to the last ITPE meeting in June, an update about the ongoing TC428 projects will also be presented.  

Mary Cleary of the Irish Computer Society will chair the event, which will begin with a welcome address by André Richier from the European Commission. Other speakers will include Harald De Vries, Programme Manager at Explain, Floor Scheffer, Senior Business Consultant at Tata Steel and Yazid Isli, Socio Director at Hominem.  

Cedefop Publishes Handbook of ICT Practices for Guidance and Career Development

The European Centre for Development and Vocational Training, Cedefop, has published a Handbook of ICT practices for guidance and career development, which shows the potential of ICT to help people find the right training and jobs, as well as increasing their employability and develop their competences. The handbook helps the user to determine the best option for a specific context, providing a common reference tool for citizens of the EU.

It also offers recommendations to support implementing ICT in the areas of education, training, employment services and other relevant organisations in European countries, while the authors hope that it will encourage continuous cooperation between pioneers in technology and the relevant stakeholders of these different sectors.

The Handbook can be found on Cedefop’s website.

 

European Commission Pilot Project For Improving Digital Skills in SME's Publishes First Results

Interim findings from the European pilot project for improving the digital skills of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), named ‘New Professions, New Educational Methods, New Jobs’, show that while some needs vary, there are universal tools for business intelligence, marketing, e-commerce and client relationship management that are common and useful to all SMEs. The findings, which are based on 40 interviews conducted with involved stakeholders, also indicate that skills for digital marketing, social media, cybersecurity, web development and data analytics are what the SMEs most wanted to improve on.  

The pilot project was set up by the European Commission to design training solutions in digital skills to upskill SMEs. It has the objective to develop ‘blueprints’ to upskill small businesses all over Europe. The project is now ready to pilot training courses for SME employees and unemployed people in Murcia, Spain and in Lithuania.  

More information can be found on the European Commission’s website.