Cloud Master Class for IT@Cork Skillnet

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IT@Cork in association with Guru Team and Red Circle Strategies are hosting a Cloud Master Class / Breakfast Briefing in Galway on Wednesday 9th October.

It’s great to be heading down to the rebel county of Cork to deliver the following Cloud Master Class / Breakfast Briefing;

Hey, Where Has All The IT Gone?  Understanding the effects of Digital Disruption, Transformation and Innovation

Join us for an informative session where I look at the effects of Digital Disruption, Transformation and Innovation on the organisation and their employees.

Using the findings from the recent CCC Global Digital Skills Survey 2019, the session also focuses on the impact of digital transformation on three levels; Culture, Individual and Organisation. The results are informative, thought-provoking and very relevant.

Topics Covered

LEARN how technological change impacts the workplace

UNDERSTAND what digital means to you professionally and for your organisation

FIND OUT the critical findings from the 2019 CCC Digital Skills Survey

RECEIVE a copy of the 2019 CCC Digital Skills Survey (emailed in PDF format)

GAIN an insight into how the Managing Cloud: 2-Day Master Class programme helps organisation and IT professionals upskill to deal with these digital challenges

This Breakfast Briefing suits a wide audience from IT and non-IT business functions. 

Very engaging, informative and relevant“- attendee feedback.

Speaker. Mark O’Loughlin. Owner-Red Circle Strategies; Managing Director-Cloud Credential Council (CCC)

Speaker Profile

Mark O’Loughlin (MBA) is the owner and Managing Director of consulting firm Red Circle Strategies. A recognised thought leader in the domains of digital strategy, innovation, IT leadership and education, Mark teaches, consults and writes on how to identify and achieve value from IT and Digital investments.

Mark is a published author, educator, keynote speaker and consultant.

Mark is also Managing Director of the Cloud Credential Council (CCC) which enables digital ready professionals and organisations by providing vendor-neutral certifications covering Cloud, Big Data, IoT, AI and Blockchain.

As an official contributor to ITIL 4® Foundation and Managing Professional books and exams, Mark is a member of AXELOS Global ITIL Development Group and is a certified ITIL Master. Published books include Professional Cloud Service Manager and The Service Catalog (A Practitioner Guide).

Mark was conferred as a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society (ICS) in recognition of his contribution to the industry.

To register your interest email with Cloud Master Class in the subject line.

#RUDigitalReady   #DigitalTransformation

RU Digital Ready? – The Briefing

Hey, Where has all the IT gone?

Just over a week ago I had the pleasure to talk and mingle with the attendees at the itSMF Ireland 2019 conference. As a former Director of itSMF Ireland, it was great to see the chapter go from strength to strength, and to see how well their association with the Irish Computer Society has worked out.

The presentation session I gave is titled ‘Hey, Where has all the IT gone?’.


The session looks at the impact of disruptive technologies on individual IT professionals and the organisation. I am a firm believer that to know the future, we must revisit the past.

itSMF Ireland conference

So, in this session stories, and references from the past are used to make what is happening in the workforce today relevant. It makes the audience reflect on themselves and how they do need to adapt to the changes around them – changes in business models; changes in work practices; changes driven by technology; changes driven by necessity.

Global Digital Skills Survey

For this session, I also  introduced new findings – taken from the just released CCC Global Digital Skills Survey. What I covered for the audience included views from the perspectives of Culture, Individual and the Organization. Very insightful indeed. Very practical and especially relevant.

Also highlighted were the three critical findings. Well two were highlighted with the third half mentioned and the audience asked to download the report to get the full details.

Critical Findings

A critical finding from the CCC report is that; Organizations require staff to have the ability to acquire skills quickly as opposed to having skills.

This critical finding represents a significant change in the workplace; and has a significant impact on certain cohorts of workers. I my global role as Managing Director of the Cloud Credential Council, I am also hearing this in the many conversations I have with individuals and organisations. The question is; Are people aware of this and ready, or even capable, of acquiring new skills for the digital age?

Overall, this is not merely a presentation. The session is designed to challenge the audience; to have the audience think and reflect on how ready they actually are to deal with and adapt to all of the changes happening in technology and the workplace. To reflect on the impact this has on them – and the requirement for a global workforce to upskill for the digital age.


Feedback received from attendees on the day include ‘inspirational’    ‘ relevant’     ‘on-the-money’    ‘engaging’   ‘thought-provoking’    

Inspirational | Relevant | Engaging

On-The-Money | Thought Provoking

I am happy to hear this, as this is what the session is designed to achieve.

RU Digital Ready?

I opened the session asking –  RU Digital Ready?

I challenged everyone’s perception of their readiness throughout the session.

I closed the session asking –  RU Digital Ready?    – this leads to personal reflection time.

Challenging stuff needed in challenging times.

Download the CCC Global Digital Skills Survey and find out more. Share the insights with your colleagues and clients.

Have you thought how this session might resonate within your organisation and equally for your clients?

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