Tomorrow's launch of the Strategic Supplier Relationship Group is an important landmark in the development of our industry.
The decision by 10 leading user organisations to form an umbrella body to speak to suppliers with a common voice will do more than build better customer/supplier relationships and create a forum for nipping potential problems in the bud.
Its existence will also encourage users to speak with a common voice on core issues such as security professionalism, open standards, software quality and the burden of regulation.
IT professionals and business users of IT increasingly face the same global issues, which require a common response.
That is why Computer Weekly is proud of its role in helping to create the SSRG. It took four years of negotiation and discussion, but the catalyst was a round-table meeting of 15 user groups set up in April 2001 by Computer Weekly to explore ways in which they could collaborate more effectively.
A measure of the SSRG's success will not be the number of headlines it generates but its ability to act as a conduit and sounding board between the user community and suppliers.