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The concern-tinged but fun debate, organised by the Real Time Club, the Institute for the Management of Information Systems, and Computer Weekly, centres on the motion, "This house believes the UK IT industry has passed from adolescence to senility without passing through maturity."
Richard Holway, director of Ovum Holway, and Philip Virgo, strategic advisor to Imis, will argue that the explosive growth phase of computing is over and IT will now settle down to a profile similar to other industries.
Charles Ross, past chairman of the Real Time Club, and Karl Schneider, editorial director of Computer Weekly, will stress the potential of computing - that IT is in its infancy and we have barely scratched the surface of what imagination, investment and drive will make possible.
Lord May, president of the Royal Society and until recently chief scientist to the government, will also contribute to the debate, hosted by Real Time Club chairman John Gallop and chaired by Imis chairman Rachel Burnett.