SBIO Connect started out as a subcommittee of SBIO. The committee was established on 26 January 2015 as a result of lack of technical learning opportunities at BI. Some students within our committee experienced a great difference regarding use of different work methods in lectures when being abroad on exchange. They learned that international universities are better at utilising technical tools for educational purposes, compared to Norway. In countries like Canada, where one of our members stayed, students actively use software programs like MSFT Excel and Bloomberg in lectures. This made the students more competent and better prepared for the job market after completing their degrees.
A few years ago, this matter was widely discussed in the media. There was large discrepancy with regards to IT competence within the work force and a lack of understanding within top management in many companies for why spending money on increasing the competence was important. Today, IT competence is recognised as being strategically important. It is important to point out that it is not the technology in itself that is important, but the opportunities and possibilities it gives. Knowledge of how to exploit IT systems is vital in business markets today. It can potentially result in huge advantages compared to less IT competent competitors.