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