With the cost of IT project failures in business estimated at up to €4.5 trillion worldwide, and with research indicating that half of IT projects incur budget overruns of more than 80%, the European Commission has engaged with the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) and the Innovation Value Institute (IVI), to advance the development of ICT Professionalism in Europe. Together, IVI and CEPIS will undertake a pioneering research project which will strengthen and further professionalise the vital role of ICT professionals and will see the development of a pan-European training scheme for ICT managers. CEPIS and IVI are inviting all interested parties to engage with the research project.
During 2011, CEPIS and IVI researchers will conduct in-depth interviews with over 100 leading CIOs, ICT professionals and academics across Europe and develop:
- A Europe-wide framework for ICT professionalism, with the goal of enhancing ICT practices and mobility for qualified professionals across Europe.
- A European Training Programme for ICT Managers to promote new competences with a view to better addressing the challenges of ICT-driven innovation.
André Richier from the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission said that the development of the ICT profession was one of the most important challenges facing modern business and administration: “In Europe we see this as a key enabler of economic growth, innovation and competitiveness. The development of a common framework for understanding, communicating and measuring the pivotal role played by ICT and ICT professionals is a significant priority of the European e-Skills agenda”.
Addressing the lack of a European ICT Professionalism framework and enhancing the competences and training of ICT practitioners is crucial in the quest for inclusive economic growth and for a knowledge-based society. The predicted skills shortage of up to 700,000 ICT practitioners by 2015 in Europe can be alleviated through the professionalization of the field and providing formalised training for ICT practitioners. As shown during the European e-Skills Conference on this topic, fostering ICT Professionalism can bring added value at social, organisational and practitioner levels, as well as increasing the quality of service provision. Building upon the New Skills for New Jobs initiative, the project is a timely response which will contribute significantly to the Europe 2020 strategy and the Digital Agenda for Europe . CEPIS, with its extensive network of national ICT societies committed to maturing the ICT Profession, is ideally placed to drive forward ICT Professionalism and propose answers to the various challenges visible in the ICT arena.
IVI and CEPIS, who won the contract following a competitive bid process, will carry out the work jointly, under IVI’s project management, and have appointed a full-time research team for the project. Progress will be regularly posted to a dedicated website (details of which will be available from cepis.org and ivi.ie) with the exclusive opportunity for all interested parties to engage on a continuous basis. ICT professionals should regularly review the website and contact IVI and CEPIS with their feedback.
The Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) is a non-profit organisation seeking to improve and promote a high standard among informatics professionals in recognition of the impact that Informatics has on employment, business and society. We provide a coordinated European voice that represents the views of European Informatics Professionals on major issues to European Institutions. CEPIS (cepis.org) represents 36 Member Societies in 33 Countries across greater Europe.
Members of CEPIS include:
• Oesterreichisches Computer Gesellschaft (OCG)
• Federation of Belgian Informatics Associations (FBVI-FAIB )
• Association of Informatics in Bosnia and Herzegovina
• Union of Automation and Informatics (UAI)
• Croatian Information Technology Society (CITS)
• Cyprus Computer Society (CCS)
• Czech Society for Cybernetics and Informatics (CSKI)
• Dansk IT
• Finnish Information Processing Association (FIPA)
• Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V - (GI)
• Informationstechnische Gesellschaft im Verband der Elektrotechnik Elektronik Informationstechnik (VDE)
• Hellenic Professionals Informatics Society (HEPIS)
• John von Neumann Computer Society (NJSzT)
• Icelandic Society for Information Processing (ISIP)
• The Irish Computer Society (ICS)
• Associazione Italiana per l'Informatica ed il Calcolo Automatico (AICA)
• Associazione Informatici Professionisti (AIP)
• Latvian Information Technology & Telecommunications Association (LIKTA)
• Lietuvos Kompiuterininku Sajunga (LIKS)
• Association Luxembourgoise des Ingenieurs (ALI)
• Computer Society of Malta (CSM)
• Drustvo Informatičara Crne Gore (DICG)
• Vereniging van Register Informatica (VRI)
• Nederlands Genootschap voor Informatica (NGI)
• Den Norske Dataforening (DND)
• Polskie Towarzystwo Informatyczne -Polish Information Processing Society (PTI-PIPS)
• Associação de Profissionais de Informática (PROFIN)
• Asociatia Pentru Tehnologia Informatiei si Comunicatii (ATIC)
• Serbian Information Technology Association (JISA)
• Slovak Society for Computer Science (SSCS)
• Slovenian Society Informatika (SSI)
• Asociación de Técnicos de Informática (ATI)
• DF Dataforeningen i Sverige (Swedish Computer Society)
• Swiss Informatics Society (SI)
• Informatics Association of Turkey (IAT)
• British Computer Society (BCS).
This is the first significant external contract for IVI, the international consortium-based research institute that was established in 2006 as a joint venture between Intel, The Boston Consulting Group and NUI Maynooth to address the common problem of highly sophisticated organizations ‘shooting in the dark’ with their IT investments. Until now IVI has been focused on open forum learning, using its IT-CMF framework, among its patron members which include Microsoft, Chevron, BP, Ernst & Young, SAP, Cisco, ESB, Axa and Merck. IVI was named as a Centre of Excellence by the Irish Government in 2009.