NCC adds Institute for IT Training to its portfolio

The National Computing Centre is on the acquisition trail in its mission to improve users' return on investment by championing...

The National Computing Centre is on the acquisition trail in its mission to improve users' return on investment by championing quality and professionalism in IT. This month it bought the Institute of IT Training for an undisclosed sum, following hard on the heels of its April acquisition of user group Certus.

"The NCC's core mission is to help UK organisations be more effective through the exploitation of IT. We do this from a true not-for-profit basis, investing in areas where NCC members and the wider UK client-base can benefit," said the NCC's chief executive Michael Gough.

The purchase of the IITT is a significant move for the NCC, said Gough, as it is concerned with promoting quality and standards through its trainer assessment programme - the de facto standard for professional training delivery. Gough does not plan any major changes to the IITT in the short or medium term.

On the acquisition of Certus, he said, "For some time, we have recognised that a gap exists between IT and 'the business'. NCC-Certus is seeking to close this gap by highlighting IT as a key enabler for business effectiveness." One result of this is a programme to help IT directors make the transition to non-IT board-level operations director roles.

Questioning the independence of user forums run by analyst companies, Gough said he is looking to broaden the NCC-Certus approach internationally across Europe.

Among its many activities, the NCC is involved with a major open source programme in the West Midlands, and it is actively involved at European level in strengthening the ability of small and medium-sized UK businesses to trade internationally.

Gough stressed that the NCC is not in competition with the British Computer Society in its goal of enhancing IT professionalism.

"We seek to help UK companies be more effective with IT, helping them realise the benefits of their investment in technology. The institute, with some 4,000 members, is perfectly positioned to assist NCC with its purpose. The BCS is the professional society for all IT professionals."

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