UK users get a louder voice as Certus merges with NCC

IT User group Certus this week merged with the National Computing Centre in an ambitious attempt to give IT decision-makers in...

IT User group Certus this week merged with the National Computing Centre in an ambitious attempt to give IT decision-makers in the UK a single voice when addressing the wider business community.

This new user subset of the NCC, called Certus-NCC, is headed by Computer Weekly columnist and IT motivational speaker David Taylor.

"The NCC already has a significant number of user companies among its membership, so rather than continuing to have two separate groups of users, we decided to merge the power of the Certus brand with the resources and membership of the NCC," he said.

Taylor added that Certus-NCC is open to all IT decision takers. "The nearest analogy is that we aim to represent the customer community in the UK, rather as Intellect does the supplier community, so that together we form the whole UK IT community," he said.

More details of the new group will be revealed shortly. "One aim is to help resolve universal truths, such as why so many IT projects have failed over the past 20 years," Taylor said.

Although in recent months several IT user groups have been attempting to create a stronger corporate voice, representation of the UK user community remains fragmented.

Microsoft licensing has so far been the only issue where user groups got near to speaking with one voice.

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