NCC acquisition gives users a powerful voice

The National Computing Centre said its acquisition of top-level user organisation CIO-Connect last week was a major step towards...

The National Computing Centre said its acquisition of top-level user organisation CIO-Connect last week was a major step towards giving the UK's IT user community a unified voice.

NCC group chief executive Michael Gough told Computer Weekly that the new group's members control 80% of the UK's total corporate IT spend.

The NCC is now working with the British Chambers of Commerce to link up with IT users in small and medium-sized firms.

The organisation is taking a low-key approach to lobbying, said Gough. "We are not a lobbying body but we can provide a unique consultation forum for setting policies. We do not go out to change policy but we are there to be consulted."

Gough's aim is to improve the quality of IT leadership, management and programme development as well as highlight homegrown innovation.

The NCC has recently united the Institute of IT Training, CIO-Connect, its sister organisation IT-Connect and the Certus user group under its banner.

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