Intellect starts life with more than 1,000 member organisations, including IBM, Microsoft, BAE Systems and EDS. The CSSA represented 760 UK-based software and IT service organisations.
Anthony Parish, former director general at the FEI and now executive chairman of Intellect, said, "As a single organisation we will have a stronger, more coherent voice with which to press our case. We will be a clear focal point for the IT, telecommunications and electronics industries."
In March 2002 members of both the CSSA and FEI voted overwhelmingly in favour of combining their two organisations to form Intellect.
John Higgins, former director general of the CSSA and now chief executive of Intellect, said, "It is not untypical for trade associations to represent the shape of the industry as it was 10 years ago. We have created one industry body that will represent the industry as it is today and will be in the future."