The NZ Computer Society’s ruling council has authorised the development of a business case “to consider NZCS options for ICT representative structures” and to break an impasse over whether and how the society will join the new industry body ICT-NZ.
An “ICT Federation” approach may also be considered, says president Richard Donaldson. “Working Groups will be appointed to develop these options,” he says.
The “federation” idea has been characterised as “a United Nations rather than a world government — if that doesn’t sound too grand”, he says. Under the federated approach autonomous societies, including NZCS, would communicate closely and formulate overall industry views where possible. Naturally the willingness of the other industry bodies to buy into such a structure would have to be canvassed, Donaldson says. “We haven’t got to that stage yet.”
The business plan is scheduled to be complete by November.
Donaldson also corrected Computerworld’s most recent story on the ICT-NZ discussions. A motion proposing a membership referendum was defeated by a clear majority, he says, not by the president’s casting vote as Computerworld reported. We or our sources may have confused the vote with another taken at the same meeting, he suggests.
“The clear decision of Council was to defer any referendum until further options and benefits regarding the Society’s future had been fully investigated and this information could be made available to the membership,” he says.
Any decision on future organisational structure and relationship with ICT-NZ will “very likely include a referendum of the society membership”, Donaldson says.