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We can't expect the government to fix all our problems

Sathya Mithra Ashok | Jan. 22, 2014
Paul Matthews, CEO of the Institute of IT Professionals (IITP), has a candid chat with ComputerWorld New Zealand on the changing nature of the industry, the challenges that are yet to come and the role of the various IT organisations in the country.

What's also interesting is that government is starting to work more with government. Previously departments and ministries seemed to work in silos and didn't always like working across government, but the changes that created MBIE seem to finally be yielding good results in this; fewer empires and more cooperation across government. That's a really good thing.

However, it has to be said: Government has a core role to play, but we can't just expect them to fix all our problems for us either — it's a partnership.

Q: What are the larger trends you see affecting the country and ICT professionals in the next couple of years?
PM: As mentioned above, if we get the numbers and mindset right, we'll see a major move towards scale and global success. We have some great companies doing excellent things from New Zealand and that's only going to grow.

We're in an unprecedented time where distance and scale are no longer barriers and we have opportunities from New Zealand we've never had before.

The same trends will continue for another couple of years yet. We need more people in IT and we need a culture and mindset change towards professionalism and global outlook.

And we're very excited to be a part of that.


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