The Sessions on Transparency for the IT Industry, organised by TEDAE together with ONTIER, were held last Wednesday in Oviedo. TEDAE, the Spanish Association for Defence, Security and Space Technology, gathers companies within said three industries, representing almost 6% of Spain's industrial GDP and creating over 50,000 jobs.
The conferences were taught by TEDAE President Adolfo Menéndez, ONTIER Partner and TEDAE Secretary Jorge Álvarez, and Santa Bárbara Head of Ethics Bernardo Martínez-Almeida. ONTIER CEO Bernardo Gutiérrez de la Roza opened the conference highlighting how relevant transparency is within today's business environment. 'We're in the middle of a really exciting age where technology has changed our lives completely. Hyperconnectivity and data exchange have become key elements for a brand to reinforce its footprint and compete within any market where businesspeople are required to open their doors and provide transparency.'
This pioneering event in Asturias aimed to clarify the concept of transparency in the IT industry gathered quite a large audience comprising business and media representatives. This massive attendance is probably related to the key role played by new information and communications technologies today, since they have dramatically changed how people and companies interact with each other, as well as how they interact with public administrations. Public Law Partner Jorge Álvarez explains it this way: 'What we're talking about today has a lot to do with the economic crisis we've gone through, that affected our values as well, and also our Government and trade. Transparency is essential for democracy and it also makes it possible to achieve a trade-based economy generating profit and jobs. Transparency also creates trust in a business environment, which is now focusing on creating value in the long term.'
This sessions gathered many representatives coming from different companies within the IT industry (Navantia, Santa Bárbara Sistemas, etc.) in the Circus by Borja space. Legal professionals and members of institutions regarding Defence, Security and Space Technology also attended the event, including the University of Oviedo, the Asturian Business Federation FADE, the Oviedo and Gijón Chambers of Commerce, the Spanish Civil Guard, the National Security Department and Cluster TIC). The conference was also broadcasted via streaming so that the 80 member companies of TEDAE could stay tuned.