CIO Executive Council set up masters, mentoring plans

There has been plenty of activity at the CIO Executive Council in recent weeks in preparation for the launch date of July 28. This will be the official launch of the Oceanic chapter, which takes in Australia and New Zealand, and will work closely with other councils across the globe. Offices in the US, Canada, and Germany are already up and running, and offices in Israel, Italy and Brazil along with 16 other countries are due to come on board in the near future.

Local CIOs who participate in the Oceanic CIO Council can access the collective power of CIOs across the globe and leverage international expertise through our peer-to-peer capabilities, as well as being able to discuss critical issues within the IT arena at a local level.

At our inaugural board meeting I was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of members and the large number of initiatives proposed for the next 12 months.

We began by establishing five committees to cover specific areas of IT within the Australian market. These committees cover topics such as authentication and security standards; government legislation and regulation; project success standards; and IT Investment.

A committee has also been established to explore the introduction of a mentoring and IT development program which is being led by Richard Constantine of Swinburne University (Victoria), Paul Cavanagh-Downs of Aristocrat, Colin Wood of Westpac Financial Services, Garry Whatley of Corporate Express and Geordie Conyngham of Cerebos Australia.

A graduate certificate, graduate diploma and masters degree program that captures the true needs of Australia's IT industry is also being investigated by council members at Swinburne University. The council is looking to develop a similar program with a university in New South Wales.

The council's global initiatives, where members can collaborate on IT issues on a broader, world-wide forum are continuing to gain momentum with regional members. Some of these initiatives are being investigated for potential regionalized activity in the future. Some of the global work includes disaster recovery plans, IT governance and standards, as well as offshoring and investigating the IT workforce.

The extremely high level of interest from local CIOs means the Oceanic Council is moving ahead in leaps and bounds.

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