Issue V


The Informatics Profession in Europe: An Overview

Volume: 2010, Issue No. 5

Date: October 2010

Guest Editors: Declan Brady, Rafael Fernández Calvo and Luis Fernández-Sanz

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In this issue

This 10th anniversary issue of UPGRADE begins with an editorial by the President of CEPIS, Prof. Vasile Baltac, who explains CEPIS’ vision for IT Professionalism and the most important activities in this field. Under the title "The Informatics Profession in Europe: An Overview", this issue covers different aspects of the Informatics profession in Europe, its current status from a number of perspectives and how its development and professionalization can derive benefits for individuals as well as society. This issue's monograph has been guest edited by experienced IT professionals from the Irish and Spanish CEPIS Member Societies ICS and ATI namely, Declan Brady, Rafael Fernández Calvo and Luis Fernández-Sanz. Download

UPgrade European NETwork
The UPgrade European NETwork section includes an article by Darren Dalcher from BCS which shows how the basic natural instinct of avoiding or ignoring uncertainty leads to even more new risks. Download

The CEPIS News section provides an update on some exciting projects including the ECDL Foundation’s pledge to take action in support of the European Digital Agenda by giving 5 million more citizens the opportunity to become skilled by 2020. Also we include key facts and figures released by the European Commission regarding the successful European e-Skills Week 2010, in which many CEPIS Member Societies were actively involved, and CEPIS sponsored the Women in ICT Award during its closing event in Brussels earlier in the year. Download



Promoting IT Professionalism in Europe: CEPIS Vision and Action Plan

Based on the work of the CEPIS Taskforce on Professionalism, this paper examines many difficult questions that are fundamental to establishing and promoting IT Professionalism in Europe including: What is IT? What is Professionalism and what are its characteristics? Where is the benefit from a defined IT Profession? What is the value of IT Professionalism? The paper presents the CEPIS vision of IT professionalism in Europe over the coming. Experts from many CEPIS societies contributed their expertise to this work, much needed because Europe’s society and economy are both heavily and increasingly dependent on reliable ICT services and products, and IT professionals play a key role in these fields. Download

EUCIP and the Pillars of ICT Professionalism

Professionalism in the field of Information and Communications Technologies, ICT, can be approached from many different angles. Although it is evident that important progress is being made towards a widely accepted ICT-oriented definition of terms such as professions, professionals and professionalism, it is also true that, in parallel, the certification of individual competences is a very effective tool to promote ICT Professionalism. In this context, this article describes briefly EUCIP, European Certification of Informatics Professionals, one of the most recent results of more than 20 years of CEPIS work efforts to come to some standard structure for the ICT Profession at a European level. The Survey of ICT Professional e-Competence in Europe launched recently by CEPIS is mentioned too. Download

The British Computer Society's View of IT Professionalism

This paper describes the approach taken by the British Computer Society, BCS, in order to gain greater recognition for IT professionals and, in particular, for IT to be seen as a profession that is valued and respected for the contribution it makes to society, businesses and individuals. The goals and activities of the Professionalism in IT initiative are explained in this context as a networked world. I also present a working model of current curatorial activities, and then describe the rise of "socially-distributed curation" to emphasize the growing tendency to value social curation and facilitate curation in distributed ways. Download

EU2020: Delivering the IT Profession to Meet the Vision for Europe

This paper discusses the issues associated with the upskilling and reskilling of the European active workforce in Information Technologies, IT, and digital technology skills. A rationale is presented to relate this requirement to the European Union target to be the world’s leading knowledge economy by 2020 and a quartile descriptive partitioning of the workforce in terms of IT skills and knowledge, and their use, is presented. Consideration is given to the need to provide articulated and universally accepted skills and qualification frameworks that offer seamless progression through all levels from novice to professional. The key organisations working in this sector, most of which have been established in the last 2-4 years, are also described. The paper concludes by stressing the importance of developing a professional IT workforce to compete effectively on a global stage. Fundamental to this argument is the requirement to develop the existing workforce, the majority of whom have already completed formal education, and to provide the tools, frameworks and protocols to achieve this. Finally, the value of successfully undertaking such a development is quantified in economic terms, and a set of actions, some already underway, to achieve the professionalization of the IT industry are described. Download

Analysis of Non-Technical Skills for ICT Profiles

The traditional concept of ICT education and employment analysis has devoted a great effort to determine specific technical knowledge and skills needed for a successful professional career. However, a competency-based approach for Human Resources (HR) management in organizations has finally changed this approach pushing more interest in nontechnical skills, the so-called soft skills. This paper presents an analysis of non-technical skills required for a variety of IT (Information Technology) positions and areas based on data extracted from more than 3000 ICT job offers published in Spain in recent years. Requirements are also compared with those expressed as requirements for telco engineers and industrial engineers. We can conclude that soft skills profiles are different for each case and that these data should guide actions in education and career development areas. Download

Effective Value Through Relevant Innovation: The Challenge to IT Professionals  

The Innovation Value Institute (IVI) presents a challenge to ICT managers and Professionals: and a solution. Increased maturity in the practiced management of IT will deliver greater business value to the business. Striving for that increase is supported through the IVI’s Capability Maturity Framework. The ICT professional has access to the direction, practices, and skills that are needed to meet that challenge. Download

Rise of the IT Architects 

This article describes the goals and projects of IASA, International Association of Software Architects, an organization that is working to build a learned profession of IT architects. Download

Service Science in Academia

Although Service Science is a relatively new concept, that refers to what existing disciplines can bring to the skills required in the service industry, it has entered the academic world with some strength. This is a good vehicle for illustrating how, in the field of Computer Science, academia’s role has to continuously adapt to industry trends and needs. This article begins with the recommendations that have been made to introduce such a multidisciplinary approach at this university, then presents an overview of what is being done in education and research in the world, to focus on the current situation in our country and to introduce some recommendations and personal opinions of the authors. Download

The Content of the Informatics Profession: a Personal View

In the large amount of literature written about the informatics profession the problem of its contents is rarely dealt with. In this present article the author examines, from a personal point of view, the origin, evolution and outlook of the informatics profession, while also considering the participation of women and taking into account the latest legislation regarding professional associations of university graduates in Spain. Download

The Evolution of the Computing Profession: a Personal View

This essay expresses the author’s concern for the role of digital technology in society. Most of the essay describes summarily how the author has seen the use of digital technology growing and changing through the years, and depicts the computing profession as in dire trouble and as socially derelict. The rest suggests how this trouble and dereliction might be overcome. Download

Information Technologies: a Profession for Men?

The authors present a brief review of the present situation regarding female representation among Information Technologies and computer professionals. We comment on some of the data which are relevant to our analysis of this situation along with various studies and opinions from Spain and other countries. Finally we look at the ECWT initiative and the role the Spanish CEPIS society ATI is to play in it. Download

IT Profession in Europe: a Trade Union Perspective

An overview of the situation of professionals in the ICT industry in Europe is given in this article, from the perspective of UNI europa ICTS, that is a UNI europa member representing more than one million workers from 150 different trade unions across 41 different countries all over Europe in Information and Communication Technology and Services industries. Download