Movers and shakers
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT champions the global IT profession and the interests of individuals engaged in that profession for the benefit of all.
Rebranded in 2009 out of the old British Computer Society, the new-look institute focuses on 3 key areas:
- Exchanging IT expertise and knowledge
by fostering links between experts from industry, academia and business to promote new thinking, education and knowledge sharing.
- Supporting IT practitioners
Through continuing professional development and a series of respected IT qualifications, the Institute seeks to promote professional practice tuned to the demands of business. It provides practical support and information services to its members and volunteer communities around the world.
- Setting frameworks and standards
The Institute collaborates with government, industry and relevant bodies to establish good working practices, codes of conduct, skills frameworks and common standards. It also offers a range of consultancy services to employers to help them adopt best practice.
An IT professional body rather than a trade association representing the IT industry, the institute champions the development of IT skills through certification.
The BCS also operates the Communications Management Association (CMA) as a specialist group.