New ITANZ president Nick Lambert has issued a rallying cry for unity in the IT & T sector if it is to achieve more in its campaigns.
Lambert, managing director of IBM New Zealand, also believes the Information Technology Association will be more effective this year, saying the membership of its new executive is from a greater cross-section of the New Zealand IT industry than previously and not just dominated by multi-nationals. “We can look more across the industry rather than the top 5% to 10%,” he says.
Lambert was elected to the role for a two-year term at the organisation's annual meeting last week. His election seems to boost the aims of its chief executive, Jim O’Neill, in seeking to create an “alliance” of similar industry organisations to campaign on issues of common interest to the IT sector.
“Given the convergence and overlap between the various parts of the industry nowadays, alliances are the way to go. If we are to represent the membership, which includes telcos, we need to look at the broader picture.
“It’s important to have some unification of the IT&T industry. Everybody should have a voice. My fellow committee members feel like that as well. The one voice thing is important if we are to be an effective lobby group,” he says.