Orla is the Chief Information Officer at Skillsoft, a global leader in corporate digital learning, focused on transforming today’s workforce for tomorrow’s economy. She is a problem solver and change leader, with proven ability to drive success through effective IT and Business partnership. She has a successful track record managing multi-facet strategic programs from initiation to go-live with a focus on delivering immediate value and longer term foundational improvements. Orla is an experienced facilitator in defining and making operational governance and support models across business and IT functions.
While sometimes you have no choice but to look externally for these skills, investing in internal talent will generate the most success in closing skills gaps. Internal team members already know your business and are vested in its success, and most high-performing employees crave development opportunities.
All companies need a level of foundational digital skills in areas such as data literacy, communication and collaboration, cyber security/information privacy, and cloud to name a few. Depending on business maturity and readiness for a full digital transformation, more advanced skills in areas such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, advanced data science, and digital twins can be critical. On top of this, the pace of technological advancements continues to grow. Even if companies feel they have the skills they need today, without a dedicated focus on skills development, they run the risk of falling behind tomorrow.