Digital Skills Bootcamp 2021: Business digital enablement for business owners

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This course is composed of a series 6 sessions that will introduce participants to the most current trends in technology enablement that is transforming businesses across sectors

The course will cover a range of current and practical aspects of digital transformation enablers including, Cloud, Application Modernisation, Modern Workplace, Agile, Data and Analytics, and Process automation with robotics. Following participation executives, business owners, and business leaders will have an increased awareness of digital skills, and renew knowledge, provide best practices and a better understanding of existing and emerging technologies. The sessions will also provide an overview of how cyber threats affect businesses and how these risks can be mitigated, as well as understand the importance of Security by design.

The virtual course will be held over a series of 6 sessions of 90 minutes each.

Target Audience

This series is suitable for business owners, executives, business managers and employees in a managerial position

6-session series funded by eSkills Malta Foundation. Registration is for the full series. 

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  • Session 1 - Cloud | 1 September 2021 | 10:30 - 12:00

    How to define your cloud journey and best practices in managing it

    What is the Cloud? What are the different types of Cloud services? What does it mean for my business? In today's environment it is getting more difficult to source software and run it on a server on premise, would be most probably more expensive and you would miss on lot of benefits that cloud services provide. In this session we will explore the different types of cloud services, their security considerations and what it means for your business. We will discuss how to decide and what to take care of when adopting cloud solutions to run your business operations, including contracting, managing costs and ensuring security is sufficient to protect your business and customer data.

  • Session 2 - Application Modernisation | 15 September 2021 | 10:30 - 12:00

    Transforming your systems for the cloud

    Cloud is now a ubiquitous paradigm and organisations are either starting their journey to the cloud or are in the process of maximising the use and benefits. One of the main challenges IT organisations face is the fact that legacy systems that have not been developed as cloud-first, result in the need to maintain older infrastructure or present limitations in leveraging native cloud capabilities. We will be discussing the strategy, approach and methods for planning, designing and implementing application modernisations to be able to transition and leverage the inherent capabilities of the cloud.

  • Session 3 - Modern Workplace | 29 September 2021 | 10:30 - 12:00

    Enable productivity and secure collaboration through digital tools

    COVID-19 is driving the requirement for businesses to become better at working remotely. Organisations are already considering what needs to change if they are to make the most out of this unexpected experiment. An immediate need is to consider how to work better and build workforce resilience and productivity improvements, while consolidating security across the organisation. Using the voice of your employees and extracting rich insights into organizational productivity and engagement, will enable organisations to re-invent ways of working, individual accountability and performance KPIs. Enabling a Modern Workplace is a companywide initiative, not just an IT one.

  • Session 4 - Agile | 13 October 2021 | 10:30 - 12:00

    Delivering projects faster and better

    Project management methodologies have evolved and Agile methodologies have emerged to support the delivery of software systems recognising that ongoing feedback and collaboration between business and IT stakeholders is required to bring value to the organisation earlier and ensure that solutions meet the expectations of stakeholders. In this session we will introduce the foundational aspects of Agile practices and give an overview of the methods, frameworks, security concepts and tools available today. We will also discuss the implications of adoption of Agile practices has to the organisation including roles definition, stakeholder management, budgeting, quality assurance and security.

  • Session 5 - Data and Analytics | 27 October 2021 | 10:30 - 12:00

    How to gain insight of your business operations through data

    Data analytics is the process of analysing raw datasets, such that conclusions can be derived about the information they hold. Through this process, patterns and other valuable insights can be identified and extracted from the raw data. Data analytics is supported by visualisation and dashboarding tools, and can potentially also incorporate machine learning algorithms. The findings can then be interpreted and used to optimise business processes and guide the development of organisational strategies.  In this session we will discuss the different types of data and data sources that exist, and the various data analytics approaches that can be performed with built-in security considerations.  The use of Microsoft Power BI for converting raw datasets to compelling data visualisations for analytics will also be discussed.

  • Session 6 - Process Automation with Robotics | 10 November 2021 | 10:30 - 12:00

    Increase productivity and quality while allowing your people to focus on value added tasks

    Multiple studies show that many people don’t enjoy their jobs. They find large parts of their job to be monotonous or repetitive and, as a result, they aren’t engaged and aren’t as productive as they could be. Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is the use of a software “robot” that replicates the actions of a human being by interacting with the user interface of a computer system. We need to take the robot out of the human – through the faster adoption of technology, automation and robotics. Do this successfully and we will increase efficiencies, drive down costs and reduce failure rates. RPA actually enables us to “get back to human” and engage in relationships, activities and projects that are more inspiring and align with our purpose. RPA will help eliminate the ‘stress’ often associated with mechanical complex tasks and allow us to ‘recenter’ and improve our productivity, creativity and security.


Michael Azzopardi | Senior Manager | Technology Consulting

Michael Azzopardi is a Senior Manager, leading EY IT Advisory service line in Malta. Michael is an IT professional with more than 20 years of experience in strategy, architecture, software engineering and innovation practices working in global organizations. Over the last 16 years he held several positions at Credit Suisse in Switzerland and the United States. His strength is in bringing together various disciplines of IT including program and project management, software engineering, security practices and integration architecture to deliver sustainable strategic solutions that deliver value to the organization.

Rene Rossignaud

Daniel Cuschieri | Manager | Technology Consulting

Daniel works within EY Malta’s Technology Consulting, where he assists clients with the modernisation, digitisation and automation of their business processes.  He brings with him extensive experience in leading software development teams for a variety of industries, including regulatory, financial, banking, manufacturing and maritime.  His main areas of expertise are fintech, business intelligence, solution architecture, software productisation, agile methodologies, project management and cloud.  Daniel holds a Master of Science degree in Information Security from Royal Holloway College, University of London, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology (Computer Science and Artificial intelligence) from the University of Malta.

Razvan Nemes | Senior | Technology Consulting

Razvan currently works with EY’s clients to create a better working world by re-imagining and redesigning their business processes and boosting efficiency while leveraging the latest technological capabilities, having previously worked closely with the manufacturing and automotive sectors worldwide, the Canadian private health sector, the media sector, and various other companies worldwide to improve their business, manufacturing, and financial processes by implementing established IT solutions and/or developing custom solutions based on their needs.

Keith Agius | Senior | Technology Consulting

A recent addition to the EY Malta Technology Consulting team, Keith has a background in Business Intelligence and Data Science and helps clients do more with their data. Having scoped, designed and developed extensive data warehousing and reporting solutions for clients, Keith has hands-on experience with automated ETL flows, data modelling, custom BI dashboards and automated reporting. He was also responsible for setting up the infrastructure on which such systems would reside, while also maintaining, scaling and expanding the systems to client requirement. Keith’s client experience lies mainly in the Maltese gaming sector; however, he has also worked closely with global supermarket chains, product manufacturers, payment gateways, banks, government branches and entities in the financial regulatory sector. Graduating from the University of Malta with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Information Technology, Keith is currently reading for a Master of Science degree in Data Science at the University of Dundee, Scotland.