Competence and Capability: Professionalising IT for Transformation in the 'Digital Decade'

Thursday 3 June 2021 | Time: 12:00-13:00 IST


What happened in 2020 was unprecedented: amid the disruption unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the truly bright lights over the last year has been the emergence of digital technology as an enabler for some degree of normality to be retained in our lives, whether through working remotely, staying connected, and even shopping online. Now more than ever as the recovery begins, and as we head into the European Union’s ‘Digital Decade’, improving ICT professionalism will sustain rebooting the economy and help build a successful digital transformation of Ireland by 2030.
In this webinar the Irish Computer Society (ICS) and the Innovation Value Institute, Maynooth University’s digital transformation research centre will discuss the importance of professionalising technology-related careers, and how developing organisation capability using IT-CMF – supported by ICT and future business skills – will transform and empower businesses towards a more prosperous digital future for us all.

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The Contributors

Mary Cleary

CEO, Irish Computer Society

Mary oversees ICT professionalism and digital inclusion policy and initiatives for ICS, coordinating the Irish Digital Jobs and Skills Coalition and advising the ICS CIO Forum on professionalism and Continuous Professional Development for all domains, with particular emphasis on eHealth. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education, and has extensive experience of ICT professional programme design and implementation. She has worked on several national education initiatives, promoting ICT as a teaching and learning tool. She manages education outreach initiatives, as well as the professional and advocacy activities of HISI (Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland), and the delivery of four national conferences annually. She is a delegate to the NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland) ICT SCC, and a committee member of the Irish Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN).

Michael Hanley

Leads IVI's academic education and professional training & certification programmes

Michael is involved in IVI’s academic education and professional training & certification programmes. Since 2011, IVI has trained more than 8000 professionals globally, helping organisations digitally transform using IVI’s Capability Maturity Framework. More recently he co-created the MSc in Digital Healthcare Transformation hosted in UL, and ReThink|ReDesign – Maynooth University’s SME digital transformation initiative, supported by Enterprise Ireland’s innovation voucher scheme. In early 2022 he successfully completed a pilot Future Workforce Skills Development Programme for a large public sector organisation. He created the course using an innovative approach he calls Design Thinking for Teaching & Development (DT4TD).

Michael has an MSc in Education & Technology, and he is a Fellow of the Irish Institute of Training and Development.

He will complete his Doctorate in Education Leadership in 2023. His doctoral thesis concerns the impact of digital transformation and disruptive innovation on Irish higher education institutions’ future strategy, business models, and value propositions.

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