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Skills mapping: the challenges of digitalization
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Skills mapping: the challenges of digitalization

Content manager
January 17, 2022
3 min

A skills repository means skills mapping and the digitization of companies. But for many companies, this is a difficult step to take! Despite the rise of new technologies, some still don't appreciate their usefulness...

What are the challenges of digitalization in companies? 

Competency mapping has always been a necessary tool for the activity and management of companies, but today it is even more essential due to its dynamic and digital nature. Today, it has to fit into a constantly changing world. 

A world connected to multiple and complex communication channels. To give just one example, search engines and websites abound on the web, followed by applications and digital tools (ERP, CRM, etc.). 

Why? Simply because these tools help to speed up and facilitate exchanges between employees. However, there are still a few reluctant users... 

What are the main barriers to digital and business?

Digital technology is popular with many companies and individuals. However, some find it difficult to grasp all the opportunities offered by these new digital channels. It has to be said that the multiplicity of tools has created some turmoil on the web: people don't know what to choose for their business and digital trends vary from one day to the next! Not to mention that some tools are too complex at first glance. 

To give just a few examples: 

  • Lack of updates of professional tools. For example: LinkedIn CVs are often abandoned in the middle of the process (very often when the job is found) and never updated. They cannot be trusted 100% as a recruiter. 
  • The lack of updating by software publishers and providers tends to slow down the functioning of companies. Those that have been around since 2000's are not challenging themselves. Downloaded, unupdated and secure software on the cloud lacks many features. Companies are finding it difficult to move beyond their old habits and are finding that this stubbornness is impacting their turnover over time. 
  • There is a deep mismatch between the new connected generation and recruiters. They do not use the same tools and do not share the same working language. 
  • The lack of visibility of past career paths, career goals and motivations. This lack of perspective comes from the analysis of candidates' profiles. Recruiters go on platforms that mix private and personal life (portfolio, social networks). This is a time-consuming habit because they have to decipher information that is not intended for recruitment, etc. 

The intimate link between competence mapping and the digitisation of work tools

The main challenge of digitising skills mapping is to make it accessible and reliable in real time. It is imperative that it is :

  • Targeting and bringing together in one place the skills of all, sometimes hundreds, of employees,
  • Establish detailed competences, based on a common language and syntax,
  • Be collaborative so that employees, recruiters, HR and managers have common access to browse and enrich it every day,
  • Link employee skills to career paths, feedback and training opportunities 

This is particularly true of a skills map. This facilitates the search for an employee. The hard and soft skills are clearly stated on one and the same platform, as well as their aspirations. This is a huge time saver for HR teams and project team leaders!


Competency mapping is the answer to all these problems. First and foremost, we need to create a flexible and reliable toolin which data is constantly evolving and updated in just a few clicks for everyone. 

Visit cartography provides a clear overview of potential candidates. In just a few seconds, and with a little training on thetoolto find the most suitable profile for any assignment.

Would you like to find out more? We've got plenty of resources to help you go further.

To complement this topic, read our template "The perfect load plan for successful deployment".

See also our guides, templates and checklists in the Resources tab.

See you soon at Napta!

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