Never waste a good crisis: develop a trustworthy digital ecosystem

Date: 09/11/2021

On 9 November, ITPE, IFIP-IP3 and CEN TC 428 celebrated the 60th anniversary of IFIP with an online conference on IT Professionalism, entitled “Never waste a good crisis: develop a trustworthy digital ecosystem“.

We began with an overview from keynote speaker Niels van Weeren (Randstad) who took us through latest market insights on workforce skills and their levels in IT. Jakub Kajtman of DG CNECT at the European Commission outlined the EU context on skills and cooperation across stakeholder groups with the recently launched Digital Skills and Jobs Platform.

From there, we moved on to the developing European standards of IT professionalism, which was presented by Mary Cleary (ICS). She was followed by digital competence and standards expert, Jutta Breyer, who hosted an interactive session on European activities and practical examples of applying standards in different companies, including Capgemini, Nexi Group, Digitaleurope as well as the Dutch government.

The second part of the day consisted of two panel discussions focusing on the global market and digital ecosystem. Mary Cleary hosted the first panel on the role of standards, which also touched on the related digital transformation-related IT skills shortages – this will affect 90% of organisations by 2025, costing more than $6.5 trillion globally between 2021 and 2025 (source: IDC). Liesbeth Ruoff (KNVI) moderated the final panel on ongoing, international initiatives for accountability and trust in the digital sector. The event was closed by IFIP IP3 Chair, Moira de la Roche.  

You can find the full programme and list of speakers below.

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  • Recordings will be made available soon!




European policies on digital skills and technologies

“What is your next job?” – bringing skills-level market insights to working life


Digital Decade and role of EU-wide actions


Standards for a shared European language in IT professional development: Competence is the key


European activities and use cases

From professional competence to best practice and moral integrity: overview of standards development for IT professionalism


Interactive session – European e-Competence Framework (e-CF) in practice


Moderator: Jutta Breyer



Global perspectives

Panel Discussion: The role of the market and professional bodies in creating a trustworthy digital ecosystem


Moderator: Mary Cleary

Panel Discussion: Global initiatives: Accountability – Skills – Code of Ethics – Trust


Moderator: Liesbeth Ruoff – van Welzen

Closing remarks

14:55 – 15:00