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Gaining competitive advantage: How the latest tech attracts top talent

Tayler Jarvis
Sep 13, 2023

As we begin to gather pace in the run-up to DSEI 2023, we’ll be sharing a series of blogs under our ‘powering your digital capabilities, defining your digital culture’ DSEI banner. The sixth blog in the series comes from Tayler Jarvis, who discusses the importance of embracing technology and how this can give aerospace and defence businesses the edge in attracting and retaining the best talent.

I started my career 6 years ago with Capgemini after having a curiosity about technology and where it could go in the future. I think technology boomed in everyday life when the iPhone became a part of who we are. We have instant access to information and each other through the internet and social platforms. Since then, businesses have also seen a huge increase in the technology required for their everyday activities. Off the back of this, there’s been a big shift in technical ability in the past 7 or so years, with the most recent generation, Gen Z, having entered the workplace. They are highly technology literate and can pick up on new concepts and systems quickly with little training required. People can access any data they want on any channel, so businesses should also be moving this way to keep people engaged in their work and remain attractive to the upcoming talent pool.

Businesses should not be operating too far behind the time of technology available in everyday lives. Technology offers a huge competitive advantage, and those companies who have the latest technologies also attract a bigger pool of highly skilled individuals who want to work with the latest technologies as this is what they are used to. Those who have grown up with the technological developments over the past 5 years are able to adapt to new ways of working a lot quicker than the norm, which is important for businesses today to tap into, and I think this will only increase in the next 5 years. With that, and from my own experiences, I think it’s essential for businesses to be putting money into their apprentice and graduate schemes to attract the workforce that will help excel their business in the years to come.

Technology is now business. There is no excuse to not have real-time data anymore except where security constraints still don’t allow. Although we are seeing this change with high-security domains being able to use public cloud in the near future. I think it’s important to raise excitement around high-security public cloud as this will be the way businesses with higher security needs will want and need to work. But my thoughts are that it may take longer to come to fruition in the aerospace and defence industry because nobody with such a high-risk set of data will want to be the first business to test it out for real. It will take a first mover to create a successful case study before others follow suit. Although I would like to see this become the norm soon – never say never with how far technology has come over the last 5 years. Who knows what we can expect out of the next 5 years?

To see how far AI has come in recent years almost makes me cautious of where it could go in the next 5 years. AI will be a required tool for most businesses going forward, but I would imagine there will be a lot of security constraints that come with that in how it can be used. The efficiency that comes with AI and other new technologies will see the speed of business increase. In the next 5 years, I think we will see timelines cut in half as work becomes more automated and people can complete their jobs a lot faster with the use of new systems.

On the topic of academies and continuous learning – over the next 5 years I think we will see an increase in the average IQ as people utilise technology as part of growing up and are already well equipped once they reach their working life, which will be another boost in helping businesses become more competitive alongside their technology.

As an Account Manager now and an advocate for apprenticeships and early careers, I’m excited to help plan out what the future looks like with my client and where the world of IT takes us.

To read more blogs in our powering your digital capabilities defining your digital culture DSEI series, please see quick links below.

  1. Digital defence: Powering your digital capabilities, defining your digital culture
  2. From my office in Bath to across the globe: Developing safety critical systems in an ever-expanding digital world
  3. Embracing a digital culture: A journey through digital transformation in aerospace and defence
  4. Embracing a digital culture: How to unlock the power of digital transformation in defence
  5. How to unlock your company data’s full potential: Lessons from two decades in IT data and architecture

Tayler Jarvis

Account Manager, Aerospace and Defence
Tayler is an Account Manager in the aerospace and defence industry. She has six years’ experience, working the majority previously as an Advisory Services Consultant across various industries including utilities, manufacturing, insurance, and aerospace and defence. This lent well into the move to Account Management where we work with our client to provide the IT future they need and want.