Digital Skills – we want to hear your views

June 22, 2015
Digital Skills – we want to hear your views

We’re living in an age of disruption, with businesses under constant pressure to adapt and transform. Established business models are getting blown apart at an alarming rate, with success often defined by the speed at which organisations can change.

At the heart of this drive for change is digital talent. There’s now the recognition of the business value and future importance of bringing new thinking and new skillsets into the organisation to innovate and challenge the status quo. Businesses are often competing for this talent with smaller competitors and exciting fast-growth businesses that offer more autonomy and flexibility.

The reality however is that businesses are failing to harness this digital talent. Employees across the business remain stifled by old IT systems and the culture that presides over the company (ranging from systems, people, policies and procedures), leading to digital talent stuck in analogue organisations. Employees find themselves working within rigid structures where they can’t collaborate instantly, can’t get access to any application on any device, and can’t move at the speed they need in order to get work done.

It’s something we feel passionate about changing. So, over the next couple of months we’re going to be bringing you some insights on digital skills and talent in the workplace. We’ll be looking at what businesses need to do to harness this digital talent, and the impact on a software-defined world. However, before we get there, we want to hear your views on digital skills.

While many think the term digital skills just includes very technical subjects, such as programming, there’s a whole range of other digital skills that are just as valuable. From collaboration tools to communication platforms, just think of the digital skills that you need on a day to day basis. However, there’s still a lot of debate in industry at the moment about what is meant by the term digital skills, and we want to understand more about what you think.

This is where you come in. We want you to take part in a very short survey all about the definition of digital skills and which computer-based abilities you think we need in the modern office environment. All you need to do is fill out the survey below and keep an eye on the blog, where we’ll be sharing the results of the survey. What’s more, if you provide your email address you’ll be entered in to a draw to win one of two £25 Amazon vouchers.

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