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What CIOs need to know now about generation Y and emerging technologies

Kelly Dempski, technology research director at Accenture's European technology lab in France tells Warwick Ashford what CIOs need to know about Generation Y - the 'Millennials', web 2.0, social networking, and emerging technologies.

Most CIOs are facing the challenge of how to use a wave of new technologies in the enterprise.

But many have limited knowledge when it comes to things like web 2.0 and social networking, says technology researcher Kelly Dempski.

He is research director at Accenture's European technology lab in Sophia-Antipolis, France.

Computer Weekly's Warwick Ashford visited the lab and asked Dempski what technologies are likely to be important to CIOs in the next five years.

According to Dempski, the awareness of CIOs needs to include the new generation of people in the workplace.

Accenture's latest report on the ‘Millennials’ or ‘Generation-Y’ says the way they use technology is the biggest difference when compared with older colleagues.

They have grown up with multi-tasking enabled by a rapid evolution of consumer electronics and are now bringing those expectations to the workplace, the report said.

A survey of over 400 US graduates found an increasing demand for high-tech devices to connect with colleagues, peers, friends and family.

One third of 18 to 22 year olds said they expect to use the computer of their choice and 34% expect to access their preferred applications.

The research identified a mismatch between the enterprise technology organisations provide and how young workers actually want to use technology to collaborate.

As Millennials begin to exert more influence in the workplace, IT leadership teams will have to find a way to adapt their policies and procedures to accommodate these demands without putting the enterprise at risk, the report said.

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This was first published in November 2008

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