From fail fast – to fail forward

New Zealand CIOs discuss how the cloud allows them to innovate and meet disruption head on.

'It is the equivalent of a high tech paper run'

The panellists also talked about how the move to cloud based services is prompting them to think differently about the skill sets needed in their teams, and to help ensure there is a pipeline of skills for the new workplace.

Thomas Salmen says Spark Ventures, for instance, is hiring a 14-year-old to work on some of their web projects.

“It is a new approach we are taking, and his work will be scheduled around school commitments,” he explains.

“It is the equivalent of a high tech paper run.”

Jan Behrens of Orion Health describes how the company encourages staff to work with secondary school students through programs like the recent Codeworx Challenge.

At Codeworx, students create a solution using a Raspberry Pi to work on a real world problem, and vie for prices for the team and their schools.

“It is about playing with technology and getting a feel for it,” says Behrens.

“It makes IT tactile, it is not just about writing software. It is actually about electronics.”

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