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“Technology and sustainability” was the key theme of the Diada Graus TIC, one of the most important events in the sector, and of which SII Concatel was a sponsor

On April 14 and 15, took place the second part of the Information and Communication Technologies Day (Diada TIC) for the period 2020-2021, organized by GrausTIC. This was mainly focused on technology as a tool for a more sustainable and healthy life. As sponsors of the event, we also actively participated in it, through our General Director Joan Carrillo, who was moderator of one of the round tables.

 

Joan Carrillo, General Director of SII Concatel, was the moderator of the round table entitled “Responsible production and consumption”, within the framework of the ICT Day, whose common thread was technology for a more sustainable and healthy life. The table discussed the unsustainability of the current economic model, the prevailing need to invest in technology that facilitates more sustainable production, and the development of more efficient waste management through the promotion of pedagogy among consumers. to raise awareness of the environmental and social impact generated by the acquisition of certain products and services.

Various companies participated in this round table, such as Soprasteria, Tecnocampus, Fundación Orange and Mercabarna, thanks to which a very fruitful and interesting debate was generated and from which we hope ideas and projects have emerged to work with more sustainable production models, and that the technology is the key tool to achieve it.

From SII Concatel we are proud that this edition is being as productive and enriching as the previous ones. And one more year, we ratify our faithful commitment to innovation and the transformation of the world through technology.

 

 

The Information and Communication Technologies Day is one of the most important events in the sector. The last edition that could be held in person was last 2019, and it welcomed more than 1,000 participants. In 2020, given the coronavirus crisis, Graus TIC opted for a split format and in online mode, the first part of which was held last September with great success. In this second part, the event has focused on Technology as a tool for a more sustainable and healthy life.

We share with all of you the video of the institutional act and the awards ceremony of the event.

SII Concatel, participant and sponsor of the 2021 Diada TIC

On April 14 and 15, the second part of the Information and Communication Technologies Day for the period 2020-2021, organized by GrausTIC, will be held. This will focus mainly on technology as a tool for a more sustainable and healthy life. As a sponsor of the event, SII Concatel will actively participate in one of the round tables of the event.

 

Conferences, round tables and news from the ICT sector. The Diada TIC is one of the most important events in the sector. The last edition that could be held in person was last 2019, and it welcomed more than 1,000 participants. In 2020, because of the coronavirus crisis, Graus TIC opted for an online mode event, the first part of which was held last September with great success. In this second part, this year’s event will focus on Technology as a tool for a more sustainable and healthy life.

During the conference, Joan Carrillo, General Director of SII Concatel, will participate in the round table entitled “Responsible production and consumption”, where he will talk about the unsustainability of the current economic model, and the prevailing need to invest in technology that facilitates more production. sustainable, and the development of more efficient waste management through the promotion of pedagogy in consumers, so that they are aware of the environmental and social impact generated by the acquisition of certain products and services.

At SII Concatel we trust that this year’s edition will be as productive and enriching as the previous ones. And one more year, we ratify our faithful commitment to innovation and the transformation of the world through technology.

SII Concatel obtains the ‘Best Performer IT’ at EcoVadis Sustainability Leadership Awards 2021

Last Monday SII Concatel was awarded by Ecovadis as the most sustainable IT provider during the annual ‘Ecovadis Sustainability Leadership Awards’, held in Paris.

During the fifth annual edition ‘Ecovadis Sustainability Leadership Awards’, SII Concatel was the winner of the ‘Best Performer IT’ category. This award represents a great recognition of our excellence in good sustainability practices as IT service providers around the world, as well as our excellence and outstanding performance in this field.

In addition, during 2021 we already obtained the Ecovadis Platinum certification, the highest category within the Ecovadis Sustainability standards, which places us within the Top 1% most sustainable among service provider companies in the sector.

“While all our nominees exemplify true commitment to creating a more sustainable future for the world, we are delighted to recognize those who continue to raise the bar for sustainable procurement practices. Our 2021 winners have gone big on their commitments to see actionable business value from sustainability by working to spark real change where it matters most – across the supply chain.” said Pierre-François Thaler, Co-CEO, EcoVadis.

 

EcoVadis, the most important certification of Corporate Social Responsibility

Ecovadis is the most important certifying company in terms of CSR, and the leading company in sustainability qualification. It currently evaluates more than 61,000 suppliers worldwide on sustainability, ethics and human rights.

 

 

#WomenIT – International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day reminds us, once again, the importance of making the role of women visible in the ICT sector. Women who are already part of the sector lead the way and set an example. Today Elisabet and Itziar tell us how they became Women IT.

 

At SII Concatel we understand that without them our sector will not go as far as it could go. Therefore, today we want to remember that the presence of women is necessary and essential in all areas. Encouraging the youngest and fostering initiatives that attract new technological profiles must become one of our main priorities.

Many women have played a crucial role in the development of information and communication technologies, setting the path that others would follow for decades.

WomenIT at SII Concatel

They also lead the way, set an example, fight and get where they want to go. They are Elisabet and Itziar, and they tell us how they have become ICT Women.

 

Elisabet Bitrià, COMMUNICATIONS AND NETWORKS MANAGER

At what point in your life did you decide on ICT?

When I was a child, every Sunday we went to dinner at the house of some friends of my parents that had a son two or three years older than me. On any given Sunday, this boy showed me his new toy, which was nothing less than a computer. He had multitude of floppy disk games from that time, and we spent hours playing with them. That day aroused my interest in computing and telecommunications. From that moment on, every time people asked me what I wanted to do, my answer was always the same: IT, IT, IT!

Later, I decided to do a telecommunications training cycle. Even so, I never liked the networks. In fact, I hated them and look how things change that now it has become my job. Finally, when I entered the labor market, I realized that I needed to continue studying and I made the decision to combine my studies in telecommunications, now at university level, with my job.

Why do you think that the presence of women in the technological field is still so rare?

I believe that my generation has still lived conditioned by a series of stereotypes. For a long time, we believed that there were jobs for men and jobs for women. In my case, we were just 2 girls in a class of 42 people. Still, I think that small percentage of women already hid the beginning of a true transformation. What I mean is that, when it came time to choose, women of my generation began to enter the world of ICT. And since then, this percentage has only grown.

Things change, of course. I know that technology is currently being made known from the early educational stages through all kinds of activities. Now boys and girls grow up knowing that technology is an option for everyone.

Itziar Pla, IT SUPPORT MANAGER

How did you get into the world of ICT?

I arrived rather by chance. I went on an adventure, to live in Valencia, where I spent some time working in the hospitality industry. However, the arrival of the crisis made me rethink everything. I had to close, I lost my job, I moved… And, by chance, the owner of my new house was a manager of a major technology company. This person, very kindly, take a chance on me and I joined a health project in the Valencian Community to digitize medical reports. That year marked a turning point in my professional career. That was when I discovered the world of ICT.

Later, I started working on a new project related to education, in which I was doing CAU and giving support to teachers who used a tool called Ithaca. Two more years passed before I decided to return to Barcelona. At that time, I sent a CV to SII Concatel to start working as a CAU.

Everything I have learned about support; I have learned it at SII Concatel. I came to this company not knowing what a VPN was. Ultimately, it is about wanting to learn… Rewards always come last. Now I am responsible of a technical team!

What is your reflection on women in the technology sector?

For many years, the world of ICT was unknown to me. It did not even exist in my imagination. Nobody bothered to tell me about him when I was a child. And I think it is not an isolated case, but rather symptomatic. It was the coincidences of life that allowed me to make my way in this sector but, if not, it is likely that I would never have been interested in this professional career.

It is true that there are many female references related to ICT but what we do not have is information. For a long time, the role of women in this sector has been invisible. I think it is very important to make them visible so that the new generations will know them. This will awaken their interest in technology, and I am convinced that many more girls will find their future option in this sector.

SII Concatel helps technology career students affected by the Covid-19 crisis through the “Apadrina TIC” program

Last Tuesday the inauguration ceremony of Apadrina TIC was held, an initiative led by CTECNO and of which SII Concatel is a part. This initiative has two main objectives: on the one hand, it aims to help technology students affected by the Covid-19 crisis through a scholarship program, and on the other, to introduce them to the world of work through a program of mentoring by professionals in the sector. 

 

As a company committed to technology and society, and within our framework of Social Responsibility, we have joined the solidarity campaign #ApadrinaTICthat seeks to help students affected by the Covid-19 crisis. The program, promoted by CTECNO, seeks to help students affected by the Covid-19 crisis through scholarships and a mentoring program leaded by experts.

In this first edition, 17 students from different technology careers will participate, who will have the opportunity to get in touch with mentors from some of the main companies in the technology sector in Catalonia, including SII Concatel.

 

The event, which was held last Tuesday, March 2, began with a welcome by Joan Ramon Barrera, president of CTecno, to all attendees and participants in the project:

“We have all worked hard and we are very excited.”

Next, Rosa María Rodríguez, patron of CTecno and head of the ApadrinaTIC project, took part and presented the project in detail, stating what the main objectives are, as well as sharing the schedule of activities planned for the coming months. Finally, a round of questions that ended an interesting and productive event, took place.

At SII Concatel we hope that our collaboration will help these students to continue studying and to make their way in the exciting world of ICT. 

Artificial Intelligence breakthrough inthe Insurance sector with the Oxilate Project, led by SII Concatel

Artificial Intelligence is once again the undisputed protagonist of Digital Transformation in many sectors, including the insurance sector.

 

 

SII Concatel joins the OXILATE revolution: Collective Intelligence, Knowledge Graphs and Machine Learning

The Oxilate Project (Operational eXcellence by Integrating Learned information into Actionable Expertise – ITEA 3) is a European Project dedicated to R & D & I that seeks to create an intelligent assistant that provides insurance agents with the ability to take strategic decisions in real time about the kind of customer they have, or competitors meaningful data.

On the one hand, Collective Intelligence allows combining the power of human capital with the automation capabilities of software, through knowledge transferring techniques, combining Knowledge Graphs and Artificial Intelligence. Thus, together, humans and bots, work cooperatively to reach the main sector challenges.

“By combining employee skills, smart machines and specialized external resources, insurers can overcome talent deficits, reduce overhead and boost performance.”

SII Concatel, among other technology companies, is working to carry out this project, contributing with its know-how in the automation of processes and Artificial Intelligence applied to the business. Thus, the main function and the challenge we face as a company is to provide, through research and development, intelligent and adaptable IT solutions.

 

Insurance industry and challenges

Today, insurers face a market where customers have a lot of information and seek to optimize their time and money. They also seek faster answers to their needs, more transparency and the development of tailor-made products.

Demands that, on the other hand, are increasingly difficult to face successfully, because today, more than 25% of the workforce in the sector is retiring, and with them, the knowledge and experience acquired. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, less than a third of the people who work in the insurance industry are under the age of 35.

To satisfy these new needs, the sector sees technology as its main ally and the element that will allow it to rachieve these challenges.

Although this sector has been one of the latest to make its way into the digital world, it has done it so giving way to the Insurtech phenomenon, a phenomenon that applies, through technology and Intelligence Artificial, improvements in the business model of insurers.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science and Technology – We Are #WomenIT

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science was born with the aim of recognizing the essential role that women and girls play in science and technology. Thus, since 2015 we commemorate this day in order to achieve access and full and equitable participation in science and ICT, and also to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, who play a fundamental role in the science and technology communities.

 

The technology sector, the engine of the world economy, is experiencing a shortage in terms of lack of talent. Paradoxically, and despite the good employment opportunities offered by ICT, the presence of women is still insufficient. Ensuring that new generations of women find their future option in the technology sector is the new challenge to be clarified. And to find a first explanation for this phenomenon, we must ask ourselves what elements are essential to encourage girls’ interest in ICTs.

WomenIT at SII Concatel

They lead the way, set an example, fight and get where they want to go. They are Carol and Estefanía, and they will tell us how they have become ICT Women. 

 

Carolina Garrido, IT PROJECT MANAGER

Why do you think the presence of women in technology is still so rare?

Indeed, it is true that I have more co-workers who are men and fewer co-workers who are women. Historically, women have opted more for careers in the social sciences and humanities, perhaps because they were believed to be more useful in these sectors. But I think that this is changing at an exponential rate and it is precisely because science and technology have become increasingly transversal in today’s society, their presence is in all areas, which makes the role of women is unavoidable in these areas. I am convinced that the presence of women in the ICT sector will grow a lot in the coming years. In the same way, I believe that in education scientific and technological training will be more combined with socio-economic training. I believe that we are going towards a world in which I think it is difficult not to come across ICTs at some point in your professional career, and that will undoubtedly help women to make their way in this world. 

What did ICT awaken in you to choose this path?

My adventure in the ICT sector began 5 years ago as a result of a professional reinvention. I was looking forward to a change in my professional career, which until then had been in the area of ​​sales and marketing in multinational companies. One of the reasons that led me to opt for a profession related to ICT was the strong demand that there was and still is in the market in this sector. I believe that new technologies have become more and more a cross-cutting component in all companies that cover all business areas. This point seemed very interesting to me and I took advantage of my experience with the different departments of the company to occupy positions in which I acted as an interlocutor between the business areas and the technical area, and thus began to manage digital projects.

This adventure has been and continues to be a challenge, not without difficulty, where there is a learning curve that is undoubtedly worth it in the medium and long term. There is more and more mobility in jobs in medium and large companies and I would definitely recommend to anyone who had the opportunity to delve into the world of ICT for a while.

Estefanía Del Pozo, IT CONSULTANT

Why do you think the presence of women in technology is still so rare?

Because we don’t feel free to choose yet. And I think that’s the most important thing. I think we should put prejudice aside. We have become accustomed to giving our opinion without knowing, to judging based on what others think and not trusting our own criteria or, most importantly, the criteria of our sons and daughters.

I’m sure that if we stopped clipping our wings because of preconceptions, more girls would choose this path. For example, the simple fact that you play with a remote control car may lead you to want to study Telecommunications, or the fact that you want to study an Arts degree can make you a professional in video game design in the end.

Basically I think the only trick is that, to support them to continue their path without judging them. Society evolves at a dizzying speed, if we limit them in the present we are limiting their future.

I have been lucky, I know many women who have stood up to the prejudices that they had to live in their lives and are now true professionals in the IT sector. And it is true that I am proud to think about them, but I would like that, in the future, pride will not include the feeling that they have had to face prejudice to be where they are.

What did ICT awaken in you to choose this path?

As a child I always wanted to be an architect, I am fascinated by the world of construction and I wanted to be part of it. I got to study that degree, but my plans went awry when I had been studying for a couple of years and had to drop out of college and go to work. I plunged into a comfort zone for six years. I had two part-time jobs, very little time for me, and what I did was not fulfilling. Until I stood up and decided to change my future for the better: I decided to get into the world of computing. I’ve always been curious about this world, but I considered it a hobbie. I hadn’t considered working on it until then. And I transformed that hobby into something else.

I quit both jobs and started studying a professional training course, Cross-Platform Application Development, and while I was studying it I fell in love with databases.

I had only been teaching for three months when I started looking for work in the sector and a company bet on me. It seems impossible with the little training I had, but I assure you that I was completely sincere in the interview. I did not make up anything, I did not invent anything, I told them the same thing that I just told you.

They put my logic to the test, they saw that it was something that I really liked and that I wanted to learn and work with it. To this day I am sure that getting out of my comfort zone has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.

SII Concatel again passes the audit for the main international IT Service Management certification (ISO 20,000)

Last December, SII Concatel carried out the audit for the renewal of the ISO 20,000 Certification, the internationally recognized standard in IT Service Management (Information Technology). It is the first IT service management system certifiable under a globally recognized standard. 

 

Obtaining this certification means that SII Concatel can demonstrate that the IT services it offers are meeting the business needs, through the implementation and maintenance of an IT Service Management System (SGSTI) based on the requirements of said standard.

Therefore, the certification in this international standard allows to independently demonstrate that the services we offer comply with the best practices. SII Concatel wants to thank all of you who work every day to improve processes to carry out our core business in the best possible way for their great work.

The SII Group experiences a first half-year 2020-2021 sustained by the resilience of international activities

The SII Group’s revenues have experienced an incipient recovery in a period in which foreign revenues have represented 53% of the total. Good news for the company which, with these figures, has confirmed its forecasts for a gradual recovery in activity.
 

The SII Group has made public the economic results of the firs-half of 2020-2021 and its future forecasts. “In a crisis situation linked to Covid-19, which affected the entire beginning of the fiscal year, the SII Group experienced a measured decline in the first half of the year, sustained mainly by its international activities,” commented Eric Matteucci, Chairman of the Management Board. “After a first quarter strongly affected by a strict lockdown, the second quarter showed favorable signs of recovery in activity: teams were able to seize the opportunities at the end of the first lockdown in numerous sectors where the Group is present.”

Although he recalled that we must be cautious in the face of the still changing situation of the public health crisis and the measures taken by the different governments, Eric Matteucci has been confident that the Group’s results will continue to offer the growth dynamics shown in recent years.

Incipient recovery in the first semester 2020-2021

Revenues for this half-year stood at €301.2m, down 7.6% at constant rates (-5.9% at current rates), penalized by blackout periods in various countries. Due to the solidity of our international business, revenue from abroad accounted for 53% of the total.

In France, revenue stood at €140.2m, with the second quarter showing a gradual recovery in activity compared to the first. The diversity of the activity sectors in which the group operates favored this recovery, driven mainly by the Banking/Insurance and Telecommunications sectors.

Our international activities, on the other hand, generated €161.0m in revenue during the semester, which is 2.7% more than in the same period of the previous year. Poland posted a remarkable growth of 20.8% (at constant rates) with good results in the Banking/Mutual, Health and Electronics sectors. Germany and Spain, exposed to the aerospace and automotive sectors, and the service sectors, respectively, registered a decline, but signs of recovery were observed at the end of the semester, especially in Spain.

Likewise, the SII Group adapted its contracting rhythm to the crisis situation. This first semester ended with a drop in the workforce, with 8,334 employees compared to 8,601 at the end of March 2020. Even so, the Group continues to strive to maintain a high quality of life at work for its employees, whether remotely or on the job, and to improve the skills of your teams.

We continue working on the gradual recovery of the activity

The SII Group has strong fundamentals to take advantage of growth opportunities as the economy gradually recovers. By helping companies in their digital transformation, the Group can rely on stronger demand as new digital needs emerge in all sectors after the health crisis Diversified geographically and by sector, with a well-adapted organizational structure, the Group it has many strengths and levers to help you recover.

If you want to know the information in detail, you can access the complete document here.

SII Group received the “2020 supplier Award in competitiveness” from Thales Group

As the leading strategic software and system Engineering Partner of Thales Group, SII received the “2020 supplier Award in competitiveness category” from Thales at the Thales Digital Supplier Conference on December 15th 2020.

 

Over the last 3 years, SII Group has been very involved in the main projects of all Thales Global Business units by deploying teams in France, United Kingdom, Canada, Romania, Poland, Spain, Morocco and the Czech Republic. Thus, we have demonstrated our resilience, especially during this last 2020. 

This Award is the result of a strong collaboration between Thales and SII, whose common goal is to structure and transform delivery models in order to improve performance and to bring agility, flexibility, commitment and nearshore solutions.

Thales Supplier Conference 2020

Today, by means of its technological strike force, its creativity and the involvement of its teams, Thales became an inescapable digital transformation player.

Every year, Thales awards 5 suppliers among a portfolio of 500 suppliers worldwide, and we are very proud to receive this Award from Thales Group, and we really appreciate the strong collaboration with Thales teams as the leading engineering strategic partner.

We are more than committed to pursue our worldwide partnerships and to build the future with Thales Group and all our customers.