Last Thursday, July 12 we attended the 10th edition of the Barometer of the Technological sector in Catalonia as collaborating partners of the event. The event, organized by CTecno, took place in the auditorium of the Imagina-Mediapro building at 7:00 p.m.
As every year, SII Concatel participated in the presentation of the 10th Technological Barometer promoted by the Cercle Tecnológic de Catalunya (CTecno). This is an annual study that analyzes the situation of the technological sector in Catalonia, with the aim of reflecting on the reality of the sector, analyzing the growth capacity of it, and the trends it faces.
This study has become a benchmark in the sector, as it not only considers the information of the companies that offer ICT services, but also the companies that demand these services are represented. In this new edition more than 1000 companies have participated, contributing with their data and their experience making the study as exhaustive as possible.
As in the past editions, the journalist Pere Mas, regular contributor to TV3 and RAC1, has once again been the presenter of the act, being responsible for entertaining an evening attended by more than 400 people.
Jordi Pugineró, conseller of Digital Politics and Public Administration; Lluís Gómez, Commission for Economic Promotion, Business and Innovation of the City Council of Barcelona and Jordi William Carnes, president of CTecno, were in charge of welcoming all attendees, with a speech in which they discussed the trends of the sector.
The central conference was given by Josep Maria Ganyet, professor of Communication at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, CEO of Mortensen and disseminator. Ganyet said that the future is composed of atoms, bits and genes, with the addition of a fourth industrial revolution and highlighted the importance of privacy in the network so that users feel comfortable transferring their data, as long as they are anonymous .
Then there was a discussion pannel, composed by Cristina Cruz, ICO Team Leader of Nostrum; Ignasi Salvador, Innovation Director of Celsa Group; Julio Lorca, director of development in the digital health area of DKV and Joan Angulo, CEO of CTTI – Center de Telecomunicacions i Tecnolgies de la Informació. The debate focused on the challenges facing the ICT sector and how to deal with improving talent. It was possible to extract inisghts such as we must continue promoting technological vocations to create digital talent, in order to not be forced to look for it outside our borders.
During the ceremony, the data extracted from the Barometer were published, in which it noticed that the ICT sector has 111,600 workers in Catalonia, representing 3.5% of the population employed in the territory. In addition, we currently find 15,077 companies focused on technology, having grown by 17% during the last three years. During this year, business digitalization has grown, with 34.4% of companies working with a high degree of digitalization. The Barometer reflected the good state of cybersecurity in the technological companies of Catalonia, with data such as 77.6% of Catalan companies stating that they have not suffered any cyber attacks during this year.
At the end of the event, four attendees raffled off exclusive passes to attend the IOT Solutions World Congress 2018, which takes place in October in Barcelona. It is a unique event dedicated exclusively to uniting IoT suppliers with the industry and which aims to help the latter increase productivity through this disruptive technology.