I’m back from my travels since the week of September 16th and providing an update.

First of all I was in New York at the ACM Practitioner Board (PB) meeting. The ACM is the world’s largest scientific, educational and professional association, famous for their special interest groups such as SIGGRAPH, Turing Awards the Nobel Prize of Computing. I did an interview with the Judea Pearl who received the award this year and other legends such as Chuck Thacker of Microsoft Research.

I chair the ACM PDC or Professional Development Committee (which includes the Professionalism and Certification Committee [PCC] and Webinar Committee [PDC-W]). It’s the ACM PDC and PDC-W that advises on content for the live Webinars; the last one was on Recommender Systems with a very high rating. All webinars are archived for viewing – you just need to register. In January, the ACM featured, The Cloud in Your Hands – Marriage of Cloud Computing with Smart Devices with two top Microsoft researchers. In April, the Webinar was “Security: Computing in an Adversarial Environment.” In June, the hot topic was, “2012 – Big Data: End of the World or End of BI.”

After NYC, I flew to Amsterdam where I chaired Stream 3 Session 3 on ICT Capacity Building at the IFIP World Computer Congress (WCC). IFIP is the UN-founded, UN consultative body for ICT. The speakers for my session were Dr. Rob Atkinson, Dr. Balaji Venkataraman, and Tan Moorthy who all have appeared in interviews with IT Manager Connection.

Two facts from Rob’s WCC presentation that I found noteworthy: “in large U.S. firms, every dollar of ICT capital is associated with $25 of market value. $1 of non-ICT capital is associated with only $1 of market value.” And by 2020, “The Internet economy will add $3.8 trillion to the global economy- more than the total GDP of Germany.”

From Balaji’s presentation, I found this interesting--the rapid emergence of free MOOC’s (Massive Open Online Courses) where registrants in one course exceeded 150,000. Terry Linkletter in his presentation talked about Coursera as a good example of MOOCs where employers are using MOOC attendance for hiring and proof of the latest knowledge.

Tan’s presentation outlined seven trends driving tomorrow’s enterprise: Digital Consumers, New Commerce, Healthcare Economy, Sustainable Tomorrow, Smarter Organizations, Emerging Economies, and Pervasive Computing.

If you check the WCC web site in two weeks, all the presentations will be available for download.

Other trends noted at the WCC included:

- Security and Cybersecurity continue to top technology needs. In fact, in the US, it is government mandated into curriculum and certifications.

- Big Data is driving value from the mountains of data through data mining, machine learning, business intelligence, analytics, and pattern detection. 90% of the world’s data was created in the last two years. By 2012 there was about 2 Zettabytes of data-created and replicated (1 Zettabyte is one billion terrabytes).

- Cloud Computing will create over 14M new jobs by 2015 and provide democratization of computing.

- We have the explosion in Mobile, expanding adoption of 4G and better use of the mobile spectrum. These provide a foundation for social networking and the Consumerization of IT.

- Applying Gaming technology to problems is creating innovative solutions. The Game EverQuest’s 5 million users are being used to model economic behaviour. The Foldit Game using young gamers determines how proteins fold into enzymes, producing results not achieved by scientists and supercomputers.

- Other hot areas are Sustainability and Green IT, Healthcare IT, Enterprise Architecture.

- The rapid rise and usage of ICT Professionalism, SFIA and the European e-Competence Framework as a “reference framework of 36 ICT competences that can be used and understood by ICT user and supply companies, the public sector, educational and social partners across Europe.” The framework provides an international tool for: ICT practitioners and managers, with clear guidelines for their competence development; Human resources managers, enabling the anticipation and planning of competence requirements; Education and training, enabling effective planning and design of ICT curricula; Policy makers and market researchers, providing a clear and Europe-wide agreed reference for ICT skills and competences in a long-term perspective; Procurement managers, providing a common language for effective technical terms of reference in national and international bids.

While in Amsterdam I was also an invited industry chairman speaker at the “Week of Inspiration” conference for the Dutch Tax Office where I spoke for 90 minutes on the need for ICT professionals to combine BAIT attributes; the need for Enterprise Architecture and Benefits Realization, governance/value frameworks such as COBIT 5 and IVI IT CMF, aligning IT with business, the increasing usage of competence frameworks and the changing ICT skills requirements towards business skills.

Finally in Amsterdam, at the IFIP General Assembly (GA) meeting I was spoke about the work of the Global Industry Council. At the IP3 AGM, Board meeting and Planning meeting I participated as Board Vice-Chair, and then in meetings with Global Industry Council (GIC) Directors as GIC founding chair. From these meetings and as an outcome, I will likely be presenting at the UNESCO conference “Towards Knowledge Societies for Peace and Sustainable Development” in Paris in February, the ITU World Summit on the Information Society 2013 May Forum in Geneva, followed by the Astana Economic Forum in May 2013 where I’m requested to provide speaker recommendations.

I was a vice-chair at the first World CIO Forum (WCF) in November 2011. The same 2011 WCF organizers were present at the IFIP GA requested my participation for their May 2013 event (I declined due to a schedule conflict) but accepted for the 2015 WCF.

Over the coming months, you will see interviews with industry leaders from this work. The interviews take over 60 hours each to produce with six in the queue at any one time. I am currently experimenting with Skype video interviews and may produce one this year in December.