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  • The Professionalism in IT Programme is the key strategic initiative for the BCS in its current 3 year plan. It is designed quite simply to build the profile of the Chartered Professional qualification to become a standard feature of life in the IT world in the interest of improving both the performance and the image of the IT industry and profession. Over the next 40 minutes or so I want to tell you more about the programme and just how we are taking it forward, both in the UK and internationally.
  • That view leads us to a new vision of the IT profession. One in which the IT professional is seen as, and sees himself (or herself as) an integral part of the business with a part to play at all stages of the change process from the strategic planning to the final implementation and operation
    To support that, the IT professional of the future will require a much wider skill set, including the necessary management and leadership skills to play an effective part in managing and delivering change. And it is essential that we see these competencies as core competencies in their own right, rather than as simply add-ons to a technical competence set. Indeed, for some roles the dominant requirement will be for business and leadership skills with and understanding of the technology issues rather than vice-versa. If we look at the current cadre of CIO’s in the UK for example, it is clear that, whilst some come from a traditional IT background having developed their business and leadership competences over time, many have arrived at the job from the opposite direction having started as business managers and developed a technical understanding over time. That is likely to be very much the pattern of the future.
    The next bullet relates to the need to see much greater emphasis in the I in IT than hitherto. Increasingly the major business opportunities for organisations are to be found in the strategic management and effective exploitation of the information assets, rather than in the particular flavour of technology platform.
    I have put the word current in red and underlined it to emphasise the importance of this point. If qualifications such as CITP are to have a real value in the marketplace then they must be relevant to customers and employers. Which means they must say something about your capability and suitability to do a particular job today – not 5 years ago or 10 years ago when you happened to join the BCS. If you apply for a job with say Air Mauritius, the person who interviews you wants to know whether you have the appropriate professional competence to do the particular job now – not 10 years ago - and whether you have the other attributes of a professional. If the CITP qualification does not assist him in reaching a view on those issues, he is likely not to have great regard for it. So CITP needs to say something about your current status as a professional – which almost certainly means the need in the future for regular reaccredidation on a 3 or 5 year cycle with the possibility of the qualification being withdrawn if for any reason competence has not been maintained.
    One of the results of all these changes will we believe be to make the profession more attractive to many of those who are currently put off by the somewhat techie image of the profession. If we can get across to people that IT work is not just about a boring technical relationship with a computer screen but essentially about creating opportunity and improving the way that people live and work, I am quite sure that we will attract many of the young people who would not currently consider a career in IT.
  • The Professionalism in IT Programme is the key strategic initiative for the BCS in its current 3 year plan. It is designed quite simply to build the profile of the Chartered Professional qualification to become a standard feature of life in the IT world in the interest of improving both the performance and the image of the IT industry and profession. Over the next 40 minutes or so I want to tell you more about the programme and just how we are taking it forward, both in the UK and internationally.
  • Turing lecture
    Needham award & lecture
    Lovelace award
    Examples of Thought Leadership debates
    Grand Challenge events
    WWW conference (this year)
  • BCS IT Job Describer is a cost-effective browser based solution for employers to quickly produce IT job descriptions based upon the SFIAplus IT skills, training and development standard.
    BCS SkillsManager is a powerful browser-based approach to identify and effectively manage the IT skills within your organisation.
    BCS CareerDeveloper is a powerful browser-based solution to help you define, manage and develop the IT skills within your organisation.
    BCS Professional Development Accreditation is independent assessment of IT training & development programmes against the industry standard ensuring best practice.
    Full support for any organisation wishing to deploy BCS Professional Products is available, including Consultancy, Training & Technical Support.
  • The Professionalism in IT Programme is the key strategic initiative for the BCS in its current 3 year plan. It is designed quite simply to build the profile of the Chartered Professional qualification to become a standard feature of life in the IT world in the interest of improving both the performance and the image of the IT industry and profession. Over the next 40 minutes or so I want to tell you more about the programme and just how we are taking it forward, both in the UK and internationally.
  • The Professionalism in IT Programme is the key strategic initiative for the BCS in its current 3 year plan. It is designed quite simply to build the profile of the Chartered Professional qualification to become a standard feature of life in the IT world in the interest of improving both the performance and the image of the IT industry and profession. Over the next 40 minutes or so I want to tell you more about the programme and just how we are taking it forward, both in the UK and internationally.
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    • 1. going further together Building and Effective IT Profession Charles Hughes President British Computer Society IFIP Workshop 25 August 2006
    • 2. PROFESSIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE Specialist Disciplines Body of Knowledge Skills & Competence Framework Qualifications Framework Admission Processes CPD Process Disciplinary & Support Processes Development Services Governance Structure Scope Ethical & Behavioural Skills Competence CPD IT PROFESSION INFRASTRUCTURE GOVERNANCE & ADMINISTRATION REQUIRED STANDARDS Academic IT STUDENTS & TRAINEES QUALIFIED IT PROFESSIONALS CHARTERED IT PROFESSIONALS BUILDING THE FULLY EFFECTIVE IT PROFESSION
    • 3. going further together Building and Effective IT Profession Skills and Career Management
    • 4. SFIA (The Skills Framework for the Information Age) UK Government-backed standard Details the skills needed by IT professionals. Simple and logical two-dimensional framework Easily accessible to practitioners employers and users . SFIAplus™ SFIA framework plus an extra level of granularity Provides detailed performance standards for the training and development of IT professionals. Enables clear skills benchmarking of both individuals and jobs . Skills Frameworks
    • 5. going further together IT Skills Framework
    • 6. Career support for practitioners BCS CareerBuilder Built around the SFIAplus skills framework Enables individuals to: • Review IT skills against the industry standard • Create a personal job description from recognized roles • Set up cycles of training and development • Identify objectives and actions in line with career development plans • Pinpoint resources assist with achieving development plans
    • 7. Development support for Employers
    • 8. Development support for Employers Browser based solution for employers to produce IT job descriptions • Browse SFIAPlus • Prepare and maintain a job description using SFIAplus standard • Define skills, training and experience • Quickly prepare IT job descriptions • Customize job descriptions • Identify career paths • Establish training requirements - BCS IT Job Describer
    • 9. Development support for Employers Enables employers to identify and manage skills across teams and departments • Measure people skills against SFIAplus • Create Corporate Job Descriptions • Build Job Descriptions from SFIAPlus and bespoke components • Analyse people skills against organisation need and SFIAplus • Carry out gap analysis BCS Skills Manager
    • 10. BCS Career Developer Generate corporate job descriptions Select project teams/identify experts Perform gap analysis Assessment and confirmation Set up organisation structure Explore SFIAplus
    • 11. going further together Building and Effective IT Profession Qualifications and Training BCS – The World’s leading IT Examination Institute
    • 12. BCS Professional Exams Certificate Comparable to Year 1 HND, 3 modules – 2 hour written exam, 140 hours per module Diploma Examined to HND level, 1 compulsory + 3 optional modules – 2 hour written exam each, 140 hours per module Graduate Diploma Examined to degree level, 4 optional modules - 3 hour written paper each, 200 hours per module
    • 13. ISEB Qualifications The recognised brand leader for relevant, professional IS/IT qualifications • recognised and valued by employers, IT & business managers, IT staff, IT industry and academia • international reach in major markets – delivered in 67 countries worldwide, including USA, Australia, India, Europe • training & exams available to anyone, anywhere • valued strategic partnerships with key organisations (ITSMF, ISTQB, APM etc) • continued high quality approach to examination and service
    • 14. going further together ISEB Project Mgt Professional ISEB Systems Development Professional ISEB Software Testing Professional Foundation In Systems Development (coming soon) Foundation in Software Testing Foundation in IT enabled Business Change (coming soon) Foundation in IT Law Certificate in Information Security Management Principles Foundation In IS Project Management Foundation in IT Service Management Foundation in IT Assets and Infrastructure (coming soon) System s D evelopm entD iplom a Data M anagem entD iplom a Manager’sCertificateinITService Management ISProjectManagementBusiness Analysis Diplom a ISEB Project Support Professional ISEB Business Analysis Professional ISEB IT Legal Professional ISEB Service Management Professional ISEB IT Infrastructure Professional Data Protection Freedom of Information Evaluating & Procuring Software Packages ITServiceDelivery ITServiceSupport ITServiceManagement PractitionerCertificates* D ata M gtEssentials Application M gtEssentials Softw are AssetM gtEssentials ITIL Infrastructure M gt Inform ation & C om m unication Technology IT Architecture System s D evelopm entEssentials System s M odelling Techniques PPSOAdvanced PPSOEssentials Business & M anagem ent Skills M odelling Business Processes Business Analysis Essentials Requirem ents Engineering O rganisational C ontext IS C onsultancy Practice Management & Business Change Legal, Compliance & Security IT Infrastructure, Assets and Services Solution Development & Delivery Higher level Foundation level Practitioner level ‘Professional’ level Software Testing Practitioner System D esign Techniques EstimatingforSoftware Development C hange, C onfig. and R elease M gt Q ualifications in D evelopm ent
    • 15. Chartered IT Professional ‘Gold Standard’ status for the IT professional Based on clearly defined standards of competence and conduct Subject to rigorous admission requirements And to clearly defined CPD obligations Available to suitably qualified BCS members Will be available for other organisations to award, under licence, from 2007
    • 16. Specialist Disciplines Body of Knowledge Qualifications Framework Admission Processes CPD Process Disciplinary & Support Processes Development Services Governance Structure Scope Competence CPD Organisation Professionalism Business Leadership Government Support Awareness & Recognition User & Customer Competence IT PROFESSION INFRASTRUCTURE GOVERNANCE & ADMINISTRATION REQUIRED STANDARDS BUSINESS CONTEXT IT STUDENTS & TRAINEES QUALIFIED IT PROFESSIONALS CHARTERED IT PROFESSIONALS BUILDING THE FULLY EFFECTIVE IT PROFESSION Skills & Competence Framework Ethical & Behavioural Skills Academic
    • 17. Organisational professionalism Each organisation: a bridge in the supply chain Each bridge relies on the seven piers of organisational professionalism The supply chain © Intellect integrity processes people communications relationships learning citizenshipintegrity processes people communications relationships learning citizenship
    • 18. going further together Building and Effective IT Profession Charles Hughes President British Computer Society IFIP Workshop 25 August 2006