Government, business leaders, IT users, suppliers and consultants will come together on 8 May to tackle the poor perception of IT delivery and to build a basis for a more professional approach to the exploitation and application of technology.
The one-day conference, at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London, marks the culmination of the first phase of the Professionalism in IT programme, set up in 2003 by the British Computer Society to reduce the number of high-profile IT failures.
For months industry and IT leaders have taken part in a parallel set of initiatives. One, led by the BCS, is examining what it will take to build an IT profession that is on a par with other professions.
The other, led by the Chartered Management Institute, aims to improve the capability of organisations and senior executives to structure, lead and implement IT-enabled business change.
Business leaders from both initiatives will set out their findings at the conference to build a common basis for working together in the future.
The BCS professional initiative involves all sectors of the IT community - users, suppliers and consultants.
Participants include Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein CIO JP Rangaswami, AstraZeneca CIO Paul Burfitt, and former Sainsbury's CIO Maggie Miller.
They have been working alongside Michael Gough, chief executive of the National Computing Centre; John Woodget, managing director of Intel UK and this year's president of supplier organisation Intellect; as well as senior IT people in government.
The BCS professionalism initiative is chaired by John Leighfield, chairman of Research Machines and this year's master of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.
The programme, which is led by the Chartered Management Institute, is chaired by Andy Green, chief executive of BT Global Services. Members include directors from Tesco, Parcelforce, Arup and Accenture.
BCS president Charles Hughes said, "Everybody thinks that professionalism is a good thing, but if you get 20 IT professionals together you will get 30 definitions of professionalism. Our aim is to put in place the professionalism of the 21st century."
Hughes said he wanted to take IT professionalism to a level seen to exist in other areas of professional activity. www.bcs.org.uk
Professionalism in IT programme
The Professionalism in IT programme was set up by the British Computer Society to get IT established as a profession.
It is led by a board of senior people from major employers and user organisations.
As part of the work plan, the programme will produce clear definitions and requirements for relevant competencies, professional development and qualifications, plus standards for performance and professional conduct.
Other organisations involved with the initiative include the Office of Government Commerce, the National Computing Centre, IT suppliers organisation Intellect, local authority IT managers group Socitm and sector skills council E-Skills UK.