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Professionalism is paramount for the continued success of the IT sector, according to a leading industry body.
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is seeking to promote best practice in the industry while also raising the profile of those working in information technology.
Adam Thilthorpe, director of professionalism at the organisation, said this area is "vitally important" as the sector grows in size and importance.
"IT departments are no longer the back office team; they are the drivers of real business change and benefit," he commented.
"Therefore, it's vital that employers are able to recruit and nurture an IT team that has the skills and professionalism to deliver their business needs."
Adding his view, Paul Martynenko, vice-president and technical executive at IBM Europe, said professionalism ensures IT workers do what they say they are going to.
"As we in the IT industry move forward, we have to show that we have the same discipline as the more traditional professions because we have the same impact on society," he noted.
Mr Martynenko said that having standards such as CITP, best practice, and a code of conduct "will make a real difference".
This can push the IT profession to continue creating and innovating, Mr Martynenko added.
"To retain the best IT teams, you have to supply your staff with opportunity of growth and skill development, within their current roles as well as potential progression, and the CITP status is able to provide this for senior staff," he stated.
"This is extremely valuable to today's chief information officer (CIOs)."
Mr Martynenko claimed that CIOs have an "extremely exciting, hugely important" role, and many of the businesses they support would not survive without them.
"However, it is also an extremely difficult role as it goes beyond that of a general manager," he added.
"The role of a CIO has a technical aspect; they have to understand a very fast-changing technical environment, whilst working with a variety of stakeholders and managing large numbers of technical people."
To achieve this they need to retain key skilled staff, he stated.
"In my role I have seen that professionalism has helped enormously, it helps us all keep driving forward," Mr Martynenko said.
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