CEPIS and Europe’s National Professional Informatics Societies to Launch the CEPIS e-Competence Benchmark in Support of the European Commission’s Grand Coalition
In support of the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs inaugural event, the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) announces its pledge to launch the CEPIS e-Competence Benchmark, a free, online interactive tool, to help tackle skills mismatches and facilitate better career pathways for Europe’s current and future ICT professionals.
Recent research shows that a high proportion of businesses in Europe are wasteful in their approach to saving energy through green ICT policies and do not implement measures to save energy and thus money around the usage of common ICT equipment. According to new research carried out by CEPIS, the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies and its Green ICT Task Force, over a third of organisations in Europe do not implement green ICT policies. This research targeted ICT managers across Europe providing insight on organisations’ usage of ICT equipment, as well as their awareness of and attitudes to energy efficiency.
Gender Imbalance in the IT Profession Risks Europe's Growth Potential - Less than One Fifth of European IT Professionals are Female
New Research Shows that Future IT Professionals Need Career Paths and more IT-Focused Training to Give EU Competitive Edge
Computer Experts from Across Europe on the Vital Importance of Developing e-Competences & ICT Professionalism
ICT experts from 22 European countries gathered in Malta recently to provide their valuable expertise on developing ICT professionalism & building e-competences in Europe. Representatives from almost two dozen informatics associations, members of the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS), met to underline the importance of professionalism in IT and other key CEPIS strategic activities that help promote the development of the information society in Europe.
CEPIS and IVI Tasked by the European Commission to Develop ICT Professionalism and Enhance Mobility of CIOs in Europe: Project Launch
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.
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 www.cepis.org and www.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.
UPGRADE- Europe's Number One e-journal for Informatics Professionals Has a New Website: www.cepis.org/upgrade
UPGRADE's website is newly revamped and has moved to a new address. The latest ICT related developments and technology trends found in each issue can now be downloaded free of charge from www.cepis.org/upgrade. With thousands of readers per issue, the range of topics covered in UPGRADE's bi-monthly publications, have attracted European ICT professionals and academics for over 10 years. World-class ICT specialists publish their knowledge on newest developments and current hot topics enabling successful ICT professionals and academics from Europe and beyond to broaden their knowledge, deepen their professional development and to keep up with the latest.
Europe Needs Women in ICT. CEPIS Awards ICT Education Grant to Two of Europe's Best and Brightest Young Women
To become an innovation society and for Europe to recover fully from the economic downturn, it is imperative that more women are enticed into ICT studies and careers. At the closing event of European e-Skills Week, CEPIS - the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies - launched a new award to encourage young women to take up and stay in ICT-related education and thus careers.
EU Could Face Annual Shortfall in Skilled IT Personnel of 70,000 by 2010
Estimates of supply and demand levels indicate the EU could seriously run short of people with the right computer skills by as early as 2010. Demand is calculated to be as much as 250,000 per year by then, drawing on an insufficient supply pool of just 180,000. These are the findings of a study carried out by a consortium composed of CEPIS, the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (formerly PREST) and Eurochambres. The shortfall would cause downstream negative effects and restrict our opportunities to prosper. This could cause the EU to lose its competitive advantage on the world stage and shift ICT activity to other rival global regions.
ICT Industry Must Present Positive Image to Ensure the Right Output of Third-Level Graduates
As Europe moves towards becoming a knowledge economy, member states and employers must ensure that the ICT industry is attractive to graduates. Too often there is a “boom or bust” notion of ICT and this can either attract too many people to the industry or discourage people from pursuing such careers. These are the findings of a study carried out by a consortium composed of CEPIS, the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (formerly PREST) and Eurochambres.