The Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity found that low investment in ICT skills in combination with business skills are among the most critical reasons why Canada’s productivity growth lags other major economies like the U.S.
Business Technology Management (BTM) was introduced in 2009 at the undergraduate level in response to the feedback that new ICT graduates didn’t have the skills needed by businesses.
Working together with academic institutions, industry and sector associations, ITAC Talent defined a set of learning outcomes and competency standards required by industry, drawing heavily on relevant international standards for similar programs.
The rise of packaged software, cloud computing, Big Data, Web 2.0 and the need for ICT to support sustainability initiatives – while also driving the ever-increasing pace of innovation – suggests that technology education needs to change to reflect changes in workplace roles.
Today’s technologies enable new ways of working such as virtual global teams, networked business models and social media, requiring tech education to adopt a contemporary, fresh awareness of the role and use of technology in all organizations.
BTM is an innovative educational solution that opens academic and career opportunities for post-secondary business students. It equips graduates with the right technical and business skills to enter the workplace.
BTM programs prepare professionals who have the knowledge, skills and competencies to lead and support the effective, competitive use of information technologies.
Since its development in 2009, BTM has impacted thousands of graduates and is currently offered at dozens of post-secondary institutions across Canada. BTM applications are rising by an average of 24% per year.