The New Zealand Software Association (NZSA), Canterbury Software Inc (CSI), the Website Developers Association NZ (WDANZ) and Wireless and Broadband Forum (WBF) have signed collaborative agreements to form the Software NZ Alliance.
The aim is to provide members with a central access to networking events and registrations, industry news, and reciprocal links to member services.
Wayne Hudson, NZSA president, says the primary focus of the Alliance is to encourage growth through industry collaboration.
The NZSA, CSI, WDANZ and WBF are committed to helping software companies succeed on the local and international markets, says Hudson. Joining forces under the Software NZ umbrella would create a stronger voice, and would enable the organisations to pool resources and costs, he says.
“With a committee of industry volunteers largely dependent on modest membership fees, we are limited to how much we can provide for our members. Under the Alliance we can now extend member benefits to include reciprocal membership rate access to higher value national events with keynote speakers, and increased opportunities for business networking and project collaboration,” says Terry Paddy, chairman of the Canterbury Software Cluster.
The Alliance was recently involved in investigating the development of a professional ICT certification programme.
NZ Computer Society (NZCS) claims that the NCEA achievement standards for computer science are not up to the mark supports research studies and industry consensus that future employees are leaving school with little or no skills or interest in computer science, says Wayne.
"Software NZ agrees it is a major concern that year on year fewer young people are entering into a career in ICT, and we fully support the Society’s claim that the NCEA issue must be addressed if New Zealand is to have a successful ICT industry in the future,” he says.