Microsoft Supports Plan for International Standard for IT Professionals

    TORONTO, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - Microsoft has pledged support and resources
towards a campaign led by the UNESCO backed International Federation for
Information Processing (IFIP) to promote an international standard among IT
practitioners. This will seek to create a globally recognized accreditation,
provisionally named the International IT Professional (IITP).
    The designation would help raise the level of professionalism in IT and
particularly assist practitioners move between countries for work and help
employers confidently recruit from outside their own national borders.
    Speaking about Microsoft's decision to support this initiative created by
a task force inside IFIP, Director of Content, Community and Evangelism,
Michael Alcock, says: "Software vendors care deeply about increased
recognition and rewards for the IT professional. Microsoft has already
committed to sharing its research into the IT profession and other resources
with the IFIP Task Force."
    The announcement was made at the 2007 IFIP General Assembly in Addis
Ababa. The IITP designation will be awarded by accredited professional
associations under a rigorous international program which also aims to create
mobility for IT professionals looking to work in different countries.
    Chair of the task force charged with introducing the programme, known as
the International Professional Practice Programme (I3P) and British Computer
Society's immediate past president Charles Hughes, says: "In the modern world,
the IT industry is a global business with many international organizations
requiring increasing mobility among individual members of the IT workforce.
Our industry needs a strong profession and we have a unique opportunity to
build a business-enhancing and respected profession. Such programmes have
already progressed significantly in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom
and other countries. By working together we can make a real difference to the
capability and image of our industry and at the same time directly help
developing countries."
    "The I3P Program seeks to create one global IT profession," added IFIP
Task Force Vice-Chair and CIPS, Canada's association of IT professionals,
Professional Standards Director, Roger Hart I.S.P. (Information Systems
Professional). "Companies will be able to hire IT individuals outside their
own countries with an assurance that those they hire possess the necessary
education and experience to practice in the field."

    Editors' notes

    I3P is a global initiative to promote vigorously IT professionalism
worldwide. Launched by IFIP (a consultative arm of UNESCO) in November, 2006,
its leading members are drawn from Australia, Canada, South Africa, and the
United Kingdom, with representatives from the United States and the European
Union also participating. Organizations interested in contributing resources
or sponsorship for the I3P program contact Roger Hart I.S.P., IFIP Task Force
Vice-Chair and CIPS Director, at:

    About IFIP

    IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing) is a United
Nations-founded organization that has more than 85 member or affiliated IT
associations composed of over 800,000 influencers and individuals world-wide.
For more information, visit:

    About the ACS

    The ACS (Australian Computer Society) is the recognised professional
association for those working in ICT, seeking to raise the standing of ICT
professionals and represent their views to government, industry and the
community. It provides opportunities for professional education, networking
and certification, as well as enabling ICT professionals to contribute to the
development of their profession. Visit for more.

    About the BCS

    The British Computer Society (BCS) is the Chartered industry body for IT
professionals, the Chartered Engineering Institution for Information
Technology and a Chartered Science Institution. With a rapidly growing
membership, BCS is playing an increasingly pivotal role in leading the
development and implementation of world class standards for the IT profession
through innovative products, services and support. Through its specific
"Professionalism in IT" programme, BCS is leading and building IT
professionalism to levels which are currently only seen in more established
professions such as architecture and accountancy but which will increasingly
become the de facto standards for IT professionals.

    About CIPS

    CIPS, with its head office in Mississauga, Ontario, is the
Industry-Canada chartered professional association for Information Technology
(IT) practitioners in Canada. Founded in 1958, CIPS is a non-profit
organization, and a co-founder of the United Nations-founded IFIP that
represents IT professionals on issues affecting the IT industry and
profession. CIPS offers the only professional IT designation, I.S.P., that is
recognized by law(*) in Canada. For more information, visit:

    About CSSA

    Founded in 1957, Computer Society of South Africa (CSSA) represents the
interests of ICT Professionals at all levels, and is committed to promoting
professionalism amongst its members. Other primary goals include representing
member interests at government level.

    (*) The I.S.P. is legislated as a self-regulating designation in six
    provinces: B.C., Alta., Sask., Ont., N.S., and N.B.  Other CIPS
    provinces are working toward similar legislation through their
    provincial government.

For further information:

For further information: IFIP & British Computer Society (BCS),
Christopher Webb, Phone: 01793 417711 or E-mail:; Canadian
Information Processing Society (CIPS), Mylene Sayo, Phone: (905) 602-1370 ext.
3-23, Cellular: (416) 931-0879 or E-mail:; Australian Computer
Society (ACS), Simon Kwan, Phone: (02) 9299 3666, Cellular: 0410 688 638 or
E-mail:; Computer Society of South Africa (CSSA),
Gabrielle Erasmus, Phone: +27 11 3151319 or E-mail:

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