The Luxembourg Internet Days 2016 took place the 22nd and 23rd of November with more than 800 international participants. This 5th edition was focusing on two main topics:
The Internet of Things (IoT) and Blockchain with overall 22 specialized international high-level speaker contributions and presentations, including, amongst others, the presentation by Candi Carrera, Country Manager Microsoft Luxembourg, and 6 panel discussions. Also, Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel gave a keynote speech about the Digital Transformation strategy of Luxembourg. In parallel, the start-up forum took place with several dynamic workshops.
Our Managing Director of artevie SARL, Christian Lepsien, participated in the panel Mining for Skills together with Nicolas Schmit, Luxembourg Minister for Labour, Employment, Social Economy and Economic Solidarity, Nico Binsfeld, CEO of the House of Training, Claudine Kariger, ICT policy advisor at the Ministry of State’s Media and Communications department and Yves Lepage, Co-founder and CEO of Numericall.
The panel discussion was mainly focussed on the human resource aspects of the digital transformation. The key question discussed was what digital transformation means for the labour market and how the education system should evolve to match the future requirements.
The Speakers debated whether IT skills will generally play a greater role in the labour market and in the society and what the education system needs to do in order to facilitate this development of skills from early stage.
Christian explained why the digital transformation is ultimately also a social transformation — “We all know that the digital transformation we are facing is just the beginning of a rapid development driven by technological evolution.“ Also he said, that it is not just about technology. The digital transformation has a substantial impact on society and on individual people, be it as consumer or user, or be it as labour market participant. The digital transformation impacts all areas of corporate organisations, changing the required skills set in organizations in all segments. As a logical consequence, the job market, as we know it today will change. Referring to his own business Christian points out that „we are already facing a new upcoming strong demand for specialized skills in technology and IT, in particular in the BIGDATA and BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE segment for example, and this process will even accelerate in the future.“
Given that, no one can exactly predict which new skill sets will be required in the next years; new job titles and roles that we never heard of by today will be created and the competition for the best talents in this sector will increase across all industries. On the other hand, some traditional job roles will change or be possibly substituted. Companies need more than ever to drive their digital transformation process forward as core part of their strategy. However, the core success factor and critical resource is not technology, it is human.
So Christian concludes: „Companies need to develop new strategies how to attract and retain best talents and incorporate international best-practice and know-how in their value chain. The education system can facilitate the development by implementing best practices of digital learning and relevant IT skills in the education program from early stage. Maybe soon “coding” will be a “new” standard language in school!?”.