IT professionals urged to achieve chartered status to boost projects
New study finds that properly qualified IT professionals are best placed to lead IT projects to success, thus saving money on rectifying mistakes at a later date
Employers in government and industry should put a greater importance on qualified IT professionals to lead and manage major IT projects, according to a significant report by three of the UKs most influential IT membership bodies.
The number of public sector IT projects that fail or generate huge overspends is an issue not just for government, but for the UK IT industry­ and private sector IT has also had its share of disasters.
Solving these high-profile problems could save the taxpayer billions of pounds. According to Engineering Values in IT, a new study from the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and the British Computer Society (BCS), such failings could be avoided by making sure that qualified Chartered Engineers (CEng) and Chartered IT Professionals (CITP) are employed to lead and manage major IT projects.
The 40-page report recommends that IT professionals aim to attain chartered status and that those achieving such accreditation should be given preference for leading IT programmes.