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MSc in Applied IT Architecture wins Tech Excellence Award.

The MSc in Applied IT Architecture developed by the Technology Ireland Skillnet, IT Tallaght and Iasa Ireland won the 'Professional Development award at the 2018 Tech Excellence Awards held last night at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin.

This award recognises organisations who have provided the framework and supports to allow people to not only reach their personal goals, but set new standards for professional development.  Recognising a single initiative, or a developing culture, the award looks for those organisations that have enabled their people to find their own potential.

The award was collected by Barry Feeney, Head of Computing at IT Tallaght and Tony Devlin, Steering Group Member of Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet (pictured with TechPro Head of Content Paul Hearns).

Our congratulations also go to ICS and Iasa Ireland member, Tim Willoughby, head of digital services and innovation at An Garda Síochána, Tim was recognised with the person of the year award. 

Willoughby’s award was the second for the team from An Garda Síochána, which also took home the Digital Edge gong for its integration of communication and collaborative tools to improve operational efficiency

The Master of Science in Applied IT Architecture is a part-time programme which gives current and potential IT Architects the skills, theory and recognition they need to develop in their role. For the first time in Ireland candidates can gain a full Master of Science degree in this specialist area through a mixed learning process with an emphasis on practical application in the workplace.

The Director of Technology Ireland, Paul Sweetman said:  “This programme is an ideal solution to the growing demand by companies to retain these highly skilled employees and develop an Architecture capability pipeline. It also enables them to prepare new or prospective software engineers to be successful in an Architect’s role.”

Barry Feeney, Head of Computing at IT Tallaght said, “We believe this course can be a major contributor to keeping Irish IT Architects at the forefront of global computing. Most current software architects have grown into their role with no formal standards, certification or training in the practice of software architecture. Organisations like Iasa Ireland, the Irish Computer Society and the Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet expressed a need for recognition of the software architect’s role in the form of an accredited academic qualification. This Masters is the first of its kind in Ireland (we think maybe even Europe) and it has already helped some very talented, mostly self-taught IT Architects to develop and expand their skill sets while obviously improving their employability for the future.”

Equally companies are keen to retain these highly skilled employees and develop an IT Architecture capability pipeline as well as preparing new or prospective software engineers to be successful in an Architect’s role. This course gives Ireland’s top IT talent the opportunity to further develop their skills and receive a formal qualification for much of what they have taught themselves ensuring Ireland Inc. continues to provide the talent it needs to keep Irish IT at the top of European and International software development.

Iasa President, Mick Callan said, ‘IASA Ireland has striven to develop the profession of IT Architecture through its certifications, training and innovative events in recent years. This masters programme is a significant milestone for the profession not only in Ireland but worldwide.  It the first such masters programme to seek IASA accreditation globally and as such it sets the standard for formally educating IT Architects both and home and abroad through the IASA global network.’

Jim Friars, CEO of the Irish Computer Society says: “We are very proud to partner with Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet and IT Tallaght, this programme fits right in with what we are doing in trying to professionalise the IT Industry and to provide Continuing Professional Development programmes to support progressive professions like IT Architecture. These people design the systems that run our health/public service administration, our online shopping, our social media platforms and our online banking, it is incredibly important that they are properly qualified. Through our partners in Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet, IT Tallaght and Iasa Ireland we believe we can support IT architects throughout their careers and this course is the first step to formalising that knowledge.”

The programme is funded by the Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet under the Training Networks Programme of Skillnet Ireland and by member companies. Skillnet Ireland is funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills. The next programme commences January 2019 you can find out more here.

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