IT managers have called on the UK government to boost education to improve the business knowledge of IT workers.
Their call came as a new IT professional body, Impact, last week launched its Executive program, which aims to encourage its IT professional members to learn from their peers how to communicate with their company boards.
Shortfalls in education are a prime factor contributing to a lack of understanding between those who run the business and people who run its IT, Impact said.
There is a twofold problem with IT education, Richard Sykes, IT vice president at ICI, told PC Week.
"Firstly, education in universities and colleges focuses on technical expertise. Secondly, we need better training programmes that will both attract better candidates and create greater acceptance of those causes by industry," he said.
But the recommendations of the government-backed National Skills Task Force - still in draft form - do not address the issue of how to educate an IT director in business.
"This is the sort of issue that government bodies should be looking at," said Phillip Langsdale, BBC director of technology. He urged amendments to the recommendations to address the training issue.
Also last week, the management consultant KPMG, from which Impact was spun off, and the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) warned that companies risk prosecution because many IT managers have insufficient control of their company's desktops.
Companies need to implement procedures that are rigorously enforced to ensure that systems managers are aware of changes to the desktop, they said.
FAST also warned that the risk of prosecution is higher than most companies anticipate because just 20% of cases ever come to court and most of those are hushed up.
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