PRESS RELEASE: CEPIS and IVI tasked by European Commission to develop ICT Professionalism and enhance mobility of CIOs in Europe

Project kick-off: Pan-European framework for ICT professionalism and new CIO programme will boost innovation and competitiveness

Brussels, January 2011: 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 and 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.



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