BCS pushes for more communication between CIOs and CEOs

The British Computer Society wants to increase communication between CEOs and CIOs as part of their drive to increase professionalism in IT.

The British Computer Society wants to increase communication between CEOs and CIOs as part of their drive to increase professionalism in IT.

The society launched its professionalism programme in 2003 and aims to promote best practice, increase recognition for IT staff, and help change the image of the industry.

Adam Thilthorpe, professionalism in IT programme manager, said, "We are looking to build a network that ties together CIOs and CEOs, linking IT managers to people who influence the business.

"We want to get people to talk about what they have done, what was right and wrong, and build an idea of best practice. We can lead people, but it is this community and wider network that is really going to help us change things."

The society is publishing a report in September on what a mature IT profession looks like, and Thilthorpe said it will address both recognition and image in the IT industry.

"The programme is really trying to change this perception that IT is about geeks and not about business people," he said. "IT people are the best placed to make a real change to the business, but they are not involved in discussions about changes - they just get told to implement a policy. This is a big problem.

"There is a disconnect between the reality of work in this industry and what the perception is. IT is driving change in business. It underpins pretty much everything we do, but you do not get any respect - just the blame if something goes wrong."

The creative nature of the IT industry, and the fact that it must mature into a profession much quicker than areas like law or medicine had to, makes producing a framework difficult.

Thilthorpe said, "We have got to get a level of maturity but we do not have the luxury of time, because of IT's importance to the economy.

"The industry is shifting all the time. We want to put a professional structure around it but we cannot afford to stifle creativity. It is an interesting challenge."

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