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Go for growth, Intellect boss tells IT industry

The coming year is all about growth, IT industry trade association Intellect's president elect, David Callaghan, told Computer Weekly.

The coming year is all about growth, IT industry trade association Intellect's president elect, David Callaghan, told Computer Weekly.

IT as a sector was passionate about growth, he said. Bright spots were service, storage, mobile and cloud. "The question is, how do we get the rest into gear so that more of the sectors can exploit that bedrock of growth and some of that innovation that is still coming through?"

Describing himself as "stunned" by the amount of innovation visible in the market, Callaghan said declining revenues per user was one of the challenges facing the sector.

"We are such a diverse group," he said. "The overall environment across the industry is very encouraging. Within each segment, and this is where Intellect's role is - to cover a broad swathe, but also to have a strong and specialised understanding of individual areas."

Callaghan said industry growth would be the bedrock of his presidency, but simply smiled when asked whether he meant sales or revenues.

Callaghan was speaking exclusively to Computer Weekly at the annual Intellect Regent conference.

However, the IT sector, which depends on government spending for almost one-third of its revenues, faces deep cuts and a transformation in procurement processes that would open up the government to small and medium-sized enterprises, the conference heard.

Intellect wanted to see the government come up with a more coherent strategy and was willing to help develop it, he said.

Intellect director general John Higgins said separately that the government could be "missing a trick" by not fully harnessing the potential of IT to drive its economic growth agenda.

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