The new chairman of The Corporate IT Forum (Tif) plans to keep up the pressure on IT vendors to improve software quality standards.
Denise Plumpton told vnunet.com that the organisation will continue to demand stricter software quality testing and standards, similar to those in place in the pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries.
"I will collaborate with vendors, which are now more aware of the size of Tif's voice, to 'up the ante' and have positive discussions at a more detailed level," she said.
"We had been talking about the 'what ifs' before, now we can talk about the 'hows'."
Software will continue to top the organisation's agenda with licensing, security and support the areas giving members most concern.
"[Issues like] security, piracy, protecting systems from hackers and having the right software installed at operating system level need policies that address our members' levels of concern," said Plumpton.
Open source software has also risen on the IT agenda for Plumpton. "It is very clear that large-scale use of open source software is rapidly approaching," she explained.
"A number of organisations have done investigations, and open source is seen as having lots of benefits.
"It seems to be more secure, needing fewer patches. But we must make sure it adheres to industry standards.
"We will be using our good relationships with the open source vendors to make sure they meet the needs of enterprises."
Plumpton indicated that Tif is seeking to determine the effect of legal battles over source code on the technology's uptake, such as the ongoing litigation between SCO and IBM.
Mobile and home working, management and governance are other key areas of concern to members of the Forum that would be reflected in its agenda in coming months.
Plumpton has held various IT-focused executive roles in companies including telecoms firm Sendo, utility giant Powergen and parcel carrier TNT UK.
"The number of years I have spent in the IT industry means that I have a good understanding of the issues that our members have at the moment," she said.
"[I have] experienced most, if not all, of the issues that Tif debates firsthand."
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