Photo above: [LtoR]  Professor Martin Curley, VP and Director of Intel Labs Europe and Lord David Puttman, CBE, Ireland’s Digital Champion, and Chairman Atticus Education.

Guest blog post by Liam Delaney edited by @SimonCocking

The IVI Autumn Summit took place in Carton House last Thursday 17th September 2015.

The theme of the summit was “Leadership and Talent Management for Digital Transformation”. There three main themes running through it; 1) overall discussion on the advances of technology and the impact of this on our lives and businesses, 2) the role of the CIO and the need to take more control and responsibility and 3) the Innovation Value Institute (IVI) and the value/importance of its IT- Capability Maturity Framework. (IT-CMF).

The background of the IVI, from it’s website:

The Innovation Value Institute (IVI) was co-founded in 2006, by the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, (NUIM) and Intel to help drive the transformation of IT management.

Its goal is to create a global gold standard for IT management. To achieve this goal, the Innovation Value Institute researches, develops, and disseminates empirically proven and industry validated IT best practice through a unique open collaboration between leading academic and industry practitioners. Through its consortium, IVI facilitates a collaborative community of like-minded peers committed to investigating, advancing and disseminating the frameworks, tools and best practices associated with managing IT Value and IT enabled Innovation. IVI is currently focused on extending the development and dissemination of the IT Capability Maturity Framework (IT-CMF).

The line-up of speakers was very impressive and included Lord David Puttnam (Ireland’s Digital Champion), Tim Hynes, CIO of AIB, Martin Curley VP and Director at Intel and Martin Delaney GM of Technology at IVI and many more.

The morning keynote address was given by Lord Puttnam, Ireland’s Digital Champion

“Digital Champions are ambassadors for the Digital Agenda, appointed by EU member states to help every European become digital.”  Read more at

Wearing the obligatory pink socks, his presentation was informative and entertaining; instead of the standard “slide deck” he used movie clips to make his points, which were well executed and very interesting. To most “Techies” among us there was nothing particularly new in his message, “the pace of change is fast and getting faster, causing disruption etc”. He used a clip from War Horse to demonstrate this; he showed the scene when the cavalry was surprised by the then new disruptive technology of the machine gun – very powerful. He made some important points about education and the need for increasing the focus of the “Digital World” in our educational system.


Photo 2: [LtoR] Andre Richier Principal Admininistrator, e leadership & Key Enabeling Technologies, European Commission. Tim Hynes, CIO, Allied Irish Bank. Lord David Puttman, CBE, Ireland’s Digital Champion, and Chairman Atticus Education.

Tim Hynes (CIO of AIB) was next up and gave a brilliant presentation, sharing a model he uses himself to assist him in operating outside his comfort zone, breaking through what he refers to as “the border of discomfort” to move into a discomfort zone which will encourage managers to “challenge the status quo, inspire shared vision and enable others to act.”

Andre Richier, from the European Commission updated the audience on what the Commission is doing to promote digital skills. He presented one particularly interesting (and scary) fact – “that 50% of ICT workers have no ICT formal skills training or education”.  He went on describe the work that has been done on the e-skills framework, which is an excellent piece of work identifying the skills required for different functions within ICT. More on e skills framework here.

Matt Craig, (BNY Mellon), Martin Delaney, (GM IVI), and Andrew Stewart, VP of HR at Compugen) provided us with details about the IT-CMF and how it has been used in organisations to improve the overall capability of IT organisations. Too much detail to go into here, but it is fair to say that it is a truly incredible body of work and is likely to become THE standard framework for organisations seeking to improve the capability of their IT organisations. More here.

The final presenter of the day was Thomas Seuring, CIO of SQS Group, and his insight was an excellent way to conclude the day. He articulated his experience, as the new CIO for the SQS Group, how he used the IT-CMF to analyse the capabilities of his IT organization, identify the key capabilities that needed to be improved, prioritise these issues and put plans in place to address them. This really highlighted the framework at work and helped to demonstrate its power and effectiveness.

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