More than 100 people packed the Ivy Sunroom in Sydney for the annual Judges’ Networking lunch and for the official launch of the 2014 ARN ICT Industry Awards.
ARN president and publisher, Susan Searle, revealed the awards theme: A celebration of brave hearts – courage and triumph in the ICT industry.
“It is wonderful to be able to celebrate companies and individuals who have risen up and triumphed in a time of great transformation and adversity,” Searle told the audience, giving a bit of direction regarding dress code for the awards dinner at the Hilton in Sydney.
“So delve deep into your Celtic heritage and find the family tartan. The celebration dinner on Wednesday, September 3, will again be black tie but this year kilts for the gentlemen will be encouraged.”
Searle then acknowledged Hall of Fame inductee, Steve Murphy. “I have an overdue but exciting award to present. Steve Murphy was unable to attend last year’s awards dinner and so today I can finally induct him into the ARN Hall of Fame.”
“Let me give you some background. Hailing from West London, Steve arrived in Australia at 22. After several years of sunshine and West Australian beer, he decided it was time to get back into the IT industry and landed a job in operations in a WA oil company. He quickly progressed to a CIO position and then into sales before starting his own company. Frontline Systems developed into one of Australia’s most successful reseller organisations,” she said, welcoming Murphy on stage.
Once the Hall of Fame induction ceremony was performed, the judges were then familiarised with the significance and integrity of the voting process. Calendar dates along with information on the nominations process was highlighted.
Next on the agenda was guest speaker, IBM A/NZ director, business partner organisation, Phil Cameron, who delighted the audience with his industry vision, and discussed the shift in the ICT market and changing workforce.
Cameron wittingly highlighted the differences and expectations of workers from the Generation Y, Generation X and the Baby Boomer categories, and what that means for the future of IT.
He focused in on the “mature aged worker,” which he classed as 45 years and above. “We have no understanding with regards to what mature aged workers are thinking about, what their priorities are, and what they really want to do. Are we all biased in regards to our hiring, our firing, our retaining, and our promoting of mature aged workers? There are some underlying issues there, so how should we address that and how do we educate the managers?”
He ended on a lighter note, anecdotally showing how a mature aged worker, like himself, can help a Generation Y worker through the lengthy process of selling/buying Cameron’s car. “Through life experience, mature aged workers can actually help Generation Y,” he concluded.
Photos by IAN SHARP