Software Queensland has elected a new chairman to push the needs of the IT industry to the state government.
Kon Kakanis, sales and marketing director for IT solutions provider Sundata is now at the helm of Software Queensland.
Kakanis is also a member of the ICT Industry Workgroup, representing a number of Queensland IT firms in lobbying the state government on procurement and industry development issues.
Kakanis said the immediate plan is to develop a range of new initiatives this year to continue to both drive change and growth to secure the future of Queensland's software development.
"Other associations such as the Australian Computer Society and the Australian Information Industry Association meet the needs of some aspects of the market; however, these, and other associations, do not focus on the specific issues faced by software developers," Kakanis said.
"Intellectual property is the true future of the ICT industry, and this has been recognized by the industry with software Queensland being positioned as the pivotal association to support the economic growth for the state."
The ICT Industry Workgroup represent the ACS, AIIA, ASIBA (Australian Spatial Information Business Association), Australian Telecommunications User Group, the e-Net Cluster Consortia, Gold Coast Region IT Forum, the Queensland Telecom Industries Group and Software Queensland.
The ICT Industry Workgroup held its second summit early this month and is looking to present the findings to the state government.
John Vickers, representative of the AIIA, said the options now for the working group involve a 10-step action plan which the group is putting to various constituents for their endorsement or approval.
"The government feels we should move more from strategy to action," Vickers said.
"We are now prioritizing the action plan for the top three issues and we will move to action-based resolution.
"The time is ripe to move from strategy to action and we have requested that the cycle times for work group meetings be halved from every six weeks."