(Past Event)

New Times, New Skills: IT Skills for the Future

The modern IT professional is called upon to be very different to a predecessor from, say, 10 years ago. IT changes so quickly that the effort to stay on top requires a constant influx of new skills, capabilities and knowledge. And it's not all technical - much more is expected of IT teams in terms of customer service and partnering effectively with the business.

Currently many organisations are maintaining a focus on cost reduction, often including new staffing models, while at the same time recognising a need to adopt innovative business models. New ways of working, specifically off-shoring and new "smarter" technology solutions, are certainly having an influence on the required knowledge, skills and capabilities of IT professionals. What will be the skills required by corporate IT in the future?






To find out what steps employers can take to ensure the right decisions in the area of expertise, skills acquisition and talent development. To examine how IT professionals can maintain and improve their business value for their employers.

Planned Outcomes

  1. Recommendations for IT professionals - "If you want to have a job..."
  2. Recommendations for the Business - "If you want to get the value..."
  3. Recommendations for education providers - "If you really want to contribute..."

Who should attend

This topic has a high relevance for all people working in the IT function.


The agenda is being developed based upon input from delegates. Discussions areas include:

  • Member Presentations
  • The future of the IT department and the impact of new working models, offshoring and cloud
    • People strategies
    • The benefits & challenges of offshoring
    • The impact of cloud, mobile and other disruptive technologies
  • Developing and managing frameworks and capabilities
    • Skills frameworks
    • Role competency profiles
    • Skills analysis and assessment
  • Maintaining, developing and extending the value of IT professionals
    • Attracting and retaining the right staff
    • IT skill development (including soft skills)
    • Information technology vs. business technology
  • Supporting IT skill development
    • Mentoring
    • Training
    • Strategic relationships
Unparalleled Learning

Members Include

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