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IT projects must support business strategies, says BCS

Antony Savvas

IT projects will no longer be judged according to whether they improve an IT service, but will instead be judged on whether they are actively moving a business in the direction it wants to go in, says the British Computer Society (BCS).

The BCS will promote this position at this week's GC Expo 2008 event at Earls Court in London.

Adam Thilthorpe, head of the BCS Professionalism initiative, said, "IT is already powering business in a way that would have been unimaginable 20 years ago. With technology at the heart of the business, IT projects will now be judged on whether they support business strategies."

Thilthorpe said the UK's knowledge-based economy requires a mature IT profession in which its professionals have both the technical expertise and softer business skills to meet this demand.

The BCS will be holding a workshop at the two-day GC Expo on 11 June. Called Setting Standards for IT Professionalism, it will focus on increasing professionalism within IT departments using the government-backed skills standard SFIA (Skills Framework for the Information Age).

SFIA describes the typical roles in IT and the skills needed to fulfil them. It is the fundamental standard that underpins both the IT Professional Competency Model and the Government IT Competency Framework, said the BCS.





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