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#Communi
The CIO and
professionalism
A legal perspective on the value of IT
industry and trade associations
By Lou Milrad
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The CIO and professionalism A legal perspective on the value of IT industry and trade associations By Lou Milrad p rofessional

CIO's can and do generally benefit from participation in IT-related to the use of spatially professional associations

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The CIO and professionalism A legal perspective on the value of IT industry and trade associations By Lou Milrad p rofessional

  1. 1. #Communi The CIO and professionalism A legal perspective on the value of IT industry and trade associations By Lou Milrad p rofessional Processing Society) to and Trade learn about key "issues Associations affecting the IT profes- continue to be em- sion and industry" while braced by the tech also striving to earn sector, both at the and maintain an I.S.P. customer and at the ("Information Systems supplier leveL 1Ypi- Professional") designa- cally, thcsc IT relatcd tion. associations, whether A further example, customcr or supplicr MISA ("Municipal oriented, create oppor- Information Systems tunities for their mem- Association") attracts bel's to share insights both CIa's and IT staff and non-confidential in its mission to "to technical and business provide leadership and relevant information promote excellence in while also engaging the use ofinformation in the development and communications of strategies for best technology". practices and provid- URISA - ac (Urban ing valuable insights & Regional Informa- into evolving and new tion Systems Associa- technologies, and their tion - Ontario Chapter) application within was created as a basis member organizations. for bringing together its public-private member- Professional ship so as to focus on Associations "industry standards and CIa's can and do gener- economic and legislative ally benefit from par- matters as they pertain ticipation in IT-related to the use ofspatially professional associations related information such as the CIa Associa- systems" and accessibil- tion ofCanada while IT ity to such land related staff'may look to CIPS information through web (Canadian Information portals, GIS, GPS, etc. 24 MARCH 2014 Lou Milrad is a Toronto-based business & IT lawyer who practices IT Law and provides public & private sector clients with legal services relating to technology licensing. procurement. commercialization. cloud computing, open data and public-private alliances. Trade Associations in an IBM, and going to ITAC (the "Information market through e},:ternal TechnologyAssociation Channel sales organiza- ofCanada") and CATA tions. Hence the chan- ("Canadian Advanced nel chiefthat today is TechnologyAssocia- not yet recognized as a tion") are the two Ca- professional role, which nadian key IT-supplier requires elevation to associations. While each all stakeholders. This has a specific mandate can be accomplished and are seen as some- through cducation and what competitive with an ecosystem. It will one another, they are also reach out to CIOs to similar in that they each better understand their enjoy a profile member- specific challenges and ship roster composed how the ecosystem might the key IT and commu- be tweaked to address nications companies in those challenges:' (Dis- Canada. closure, the C4 is an IT More recently, The World Canada initiative.) Canadian Channel C4 has been embraced Chiefs Council ("C4") by Avaya, Cisco, Dell, has emerged with a Eaton, Epson, McAfee, very distinct mission of Microsoft, NetApp, SAP, becoming the" Voice" VMware, and'Vebsense. of the Channel Chief The organization will community in Canada: establish an advisory "accelerating, retain- group of OEMs, Resell- ing and ofsupporting ers, VARs, and Buying the careers ofexisting Groups etc. which will Channel Chiefs, as well provide input on the as Channel profession- entire channel ecosys- als". An all-encompass- tem. It will also reach ing training and educa- out to CIOs to better tion agenda coupled understand their specif- with a University spon- ic challenges and how sored accreditation is the ecosystem might considered as a funda- be tweaked to address mental component of those challenges. C4's mission. C4 Board Chair, Fawn The CIO and Vendor Annan, describes the Trade Associations founding rationale. "C4 Trade associations are was created to fill the seen as valuable forums gap between internal to enable CIOs to get in Vendor sales-directbod- ii'ont ofthe vendor com- ies, such as what exists munity so as to bctter
  2. 2. explain their organiza- Province ofOntario who • Connected professional ment, as Tell as access tional needs, purchasing 'were -vorking on a paral- network to key decision to research. strategies, while also Ie! Provincial initiative. makers and leaders in On reflection, I've identifying further op- the IT community always found it critically portunities for customer/ Commonality . Education important to become supplier collaboration. of Canadian • Identification and actively involved in IT- Such is the case, by Professional adoption of best related associations and way ofexample, when &Trade Associations practices their activities. They a government entity Created as Not For Prof~ • Information exchange present a rather unique was about to undertake its (NFPs): Professional and knowledge- and critical opportunity a revision oftheir IT & Trade Associations sharing to network with leaders, procurement contract in Canada are generally • Leadership develop- actual and potential, documents - the face- incorporated as Not For ment and the many others to-face "business level" profits (NFPs) either fed- . Standards, economic with whom long-term meetings between cus- erany under Canada Not- and legislative matters relationships will be tomer CIOs and C-Suite for-profit Corporations • Professionalism & established and who vendor representatives Act) or under a provincial professional conduct are but an email, phone becomes an essential statute, such as, by way call, or coffee shop away. and critical element of ofexample, Ontario's Absolutely Key Taking on responsibility, any public-private col- Not-far-Profit Corpora- Component- as a workshop, special laboration before getting tions Act, 2010 (ONCA) Relationship interest group, or event legal involved. In this or B.C:s SocietyAct. Building: planning/organizing example, the respective For most of my legal chair is a great way to associations representing Shared Goals career, I've been en- become more familiar a broad range ofcus- The incorporating gaged in the IT-related with the organization tomers and key vendors documents, bylaws, and NFP world in a variety and its direction as well would jointly organize varying initiatives un- ofcapacities, ranging as the politics - it's also through the respective dertaken by Canadian from legal counsel, avid a great stepping-stone to professional and trade IT-related professional supporter, and oftimes becoming a member of associations, the overall and trade associations member - in fact, in the board ofdirectors. consultation and con- reflect a common set of one instance, I was While we look to tech- tract documenting pro- shared goals that typi- both Board Chair and related NFP's to pro- cess. By way ofexample, cally embrace: CEO ofa public-private vide the Shared Goals a few years back, MISA Accrcditation in some economic dcvelopmcnt described above, in my supported by the Ontario instances (as for exam- investment attraction experience, their real Public Buyers Associa- pic C4 and CIPS) agcncy establishcd as value lies in the per- tion (OPBA) organized Advocacy - ranging NFP - so the question sonal relationships and such a collaborative fTom informed and col- is what was the IT link knowledge capital that approach through ITAC laborative responses to in this role? Answer are developed through with respect to develop- proposed introduction - Attracting foreign- actively participating in ing a framework con- or change oflegislation/ based IT companies by conferences, network- tract document for the regulations, through to a encouraging them to ing forms, special inter- purchase ofCommercial more visible and public invest in local econo- est groups, and other Offthe Shelf(COTS) advocacy campaign in mies while also estab- person to person events IT-related equipment, parallel ,,~th a govern- lishing introductions for that enable career relat- software and services. It ment-relations strategy them to our colleges and ed relationship building is interesting to also note . Awards and scholar- universities as a source and advancement. that there was additional ships for talent, job recruit- If not already, it's time collaboration with the • Business & IT ethics ment and replenish- to get involved!. MARCH 2014 25

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