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16 July 2014 | 0



IT Architects deserve the same respect as other professions

Inaugural conference hears IT architects need to own their profession

More than 60 delegates gathered for the first IT Architects Conference in Ballsbridge last month.

The conference was run by IASA Ireland with sponsorship from the Irish Computer Society and brought together CIOs, IT managers and IT architects. It featured speeches and master classes from some of the top IT minds in Ireland and abroad.

Michael Callan, president, Irish Association of Software Architects (Image: ICS)

Speakers and delegates alike talked about the growing pressure and demand that IT architects are under to keep abreast of changes in technology.

IASA president Mick Callan said, “IT Architects need to own their profession just like other professions do. Doctors, lawyers, teachers, these are all recognised and deservedly respected professions. This first conference has opened the doors to a network of IT architects of all levels and specialisations in Ireland. It’s time we started being recognised too.”

Dr Rabih Bashroush from the University of East London gave a speech on energy efficiency as an architectural concern. He told delegates that by 2030 the world’s internet consumption will equal the entire energy consumption of Japan. This comes as a new report from Cisco Systems says that video consumption of the World Cup will generate nearly as much Internet traffic as occurred in all of Australia in 2013.

The report says that video is expected to grow to 84% of Internet traffic in the United States by 2018 from 78% currently; this has raised questions about whether Internet service providers should prioritise traffic, which has become a controversial issue.

Dr Bashroush alluded to this statistic saying that the growth in video can be seen in the popularity of Psy’s viral hit ‘Gangnam Style’. To date the video has racked up 2.6 billion views between its different versions online. This is equivalent to the entire number of people who use the internet worldwide.

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IVI Conference

Registration is now open for the Innovation Value Institute’s Autumn Summit. The theme for the summit is ‘Enterprise Capability: Enabling Digital Business Leadership’. What are the new skills and capabilities needed by CIOs and business leaders to leverage the digital opportunity? How are these new capabilities acquired and improved?

At the IVI Autumn Summit, we will articulate the new capabilities including Innovation Management, agility, strategic planning, relationship management, leadership and governance, risk taking, user experience design and many more. We will explore why they are needed and provide practical guidance on how to acquire and improve.

Go to the web site now for more information and to register


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Tech Week Survey Results 

The ICS carried out a survey on over 2,100 people during Tech Week Ireland. The first of the results were published lately and picked up by many of the national media outlets and children’s groups. The most surprising results were that nearly half of all children admitted to lying about their age online. To get the full report visit the ICS web site


Bridging the gender gap

ICS is dedicated to bridging the gender gap that exists in the IT sector. This month we held the PyLadies Dublin group which was set up through PyLadies is an international mentorship group with a focus on helping more women become active participants and leaders in the Python open source community. They describe themselves as coding ‘by day and by night’ and were a pleasure to have with us. We look forward to holding more events like this in the future. If you know of any organisations that promote women in technology, let us know by contacting


Could you be an ICS Fellow?

The grade of Fellowship comprises the most senior and respected professionals in the field of Information technology.

Senior IT professionals who have displayed a significant contribution to the IT profession, the field of IT and Computing, or to Society or Industry through the application of IT, may apply for Fellowship of The Irish Computer Society.

As an ICS Fellow you are entitled to attend exclusive Fellows’ events, provide input to the Society at the highest level, and are entitled to use the designation Fellow of The Irish Computer Society (FICS). This designation is a symbol of your commitment to uphold the highest levels of IT professionalism and allows others to instantly recognise you as a leader in IT.

To see if you are eligible for ICS Fellowship, see our web site


Upcoming Events

  • 28 July – Professional Scrummaster Level 1
  • 22 August – Introduction to Agile /Scrum
  • 10 September – Data Protection Practitioner Dublin (3 day course)

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