Yesterday, four of the Be-IT team got up early and headed for the
ScotTech Digital Transformation conference at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. The stand was set, the silhouette competition (of which more below) was ready, we had the copies of The Times ‘Future Scot’ supplement featuring Be-IT to hand out and after a fortifying cup or three of coffee we were ready.
The conference was sold out and as a result the exhibition area was busy. We spoke to various other stand-holders and the general consensus was that it was a good event. Be-IT was there as the official recruitment partner of the event and we were gratified to find a lot of interest in our services. People told us they had seen us mentioned in the press and on Linkedin and we believe that we have now got some interesting leads that will convert into future business.
Our competition to win a case of fine wine provoked a lot of interest. We’d like to extend it till Monday the 29th February to give those who weren’t there a chance to take part. It’s simple – just look at the attached silhouettes (below) and match them to the names. The only clue we’ll give is that to identify Gareth you should look at the ‘meet the team’ page on our website! The rest are (we think) pretty easy – even without Google! Just email your answers to: Michael.email@example.com by Monday 29th February.
As regards the main conference speakers, who covered both public and private sectors, the impression we took away was that while there is a real understanding of the need for digital transformation it is clear that the biggest single problem is the skills shortage in almost every key IT area. The problem is not simply quality (important as that is) but also quantity. The digital economy and its associated businesses need far more people than are available at present (and are likely to be available in the short-term) and as a result we’re in a race to the top, with companies likely to be forced to pay more to attract the talent they want. This is likely to result in a contract-driven market but the long-term solution will require changing attitudes at school level to careers in IT and the creation of more initiatives such as CodeClan to help people re-train and learn new, digital skills.
In short, Scotland needs both quantity and quality of IT talent if we want the Digital Transformation our economy needs. It’s an exciting time to be in any area of IT/computing and it’s going to get a lot more exciting yet!
Gareth Biggerstaff and Stuart Whiting, Be-IT Resourcing