Basser Seminar Series

Information Technology Workforce Skills for the Future

Speaker: Dr Kate M Kaiser
Marquette University

Time: Friday 26 February 2010, 4:00-5:00pm
Refreshments will be available from 3:30pm

Location: The University of Sydney, School of IT Building, Lecture Theatre (Room 123), Level 1

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The IT workforce shortage and changing skills are challenges for practitioners and academics. Dr. Kaiser will discuss the future skill sets desired by IT service provider firms and their clients based on a global data collection by the IT Workforce Research team which she had coordinated since 2005. The research compares skills sought by non-IT organizations with those of IT providers of software and services. Results indicate more emphasis on business domain and project management skills over technical skills. Provider practitioners need to review their hiring and retention practices in order to meet client demand and groom leaders. Academics need to revise curriculum to respond to workforce changes. Kate is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and Association for Information Systems (AIS) Task force on IS Model Curriculum that just released IS 2010. She will discuss these changes and their derivation from the skills research and implications for curriculum design and practice with regard to staffing models.

Speaker's biography

Dr. Kate M. Kaiser has been involved in information technology (IT) as a practitioner, researcher, faculty member, and consultant. She researches future IT skill needs and the impact of offshore outsourcing from Ireland, Russia, and India through research grants from the Sloan Foundation, 3M Foundation, and the U. S. State Dept as a Fulbright Scholar. Kate has served on the faculty of McGill University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University College Dublin, and Marquette University and worked for Giga Information Group on the Y2K team. Kate had led the IT Workforce Research Team since 2005 and is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery IS Model Curriculum Task Force which recently released IS 2010. She has published in a variety of practitioner and academic journals.