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Data is not enough, it takes people - ACS presents at ASR Summit 2014

Monday, 21 Jul 2014

Canberra, July 17, 2014: A collaborative future based on highly skilled professionals working in concert with better data is the way to drive services innovation, according to panelists at the Australian Services Roundtable Summit 2014 held yesterday at Parliament House in Canberra.

Australian Computer Society CEO Alan Patterson spoke of the need for greater focus on developing the right people within the workforce of the future, and recognised a need for his organisation to better position itself as a leader in the field of innovative workforce development.

“Many businesses are calling themselves innovative, but don’t have CIO’s or are simply having the role because they feel they need to. Businesses need to realise the value of technology and how the innovative use of it can be driven by skilled people.”

This position has recently been strengthened with the ACS’ rollout of MySFIA as a dedicated skills assessment tool for the ICT profession.

Appearing on a panel along with industry leaders, Patterson focused on the need for skills to drive services innovation, a theme echoed later in the evening by Trade Minister Andrew Robb.

Further information

Thomas Shanahan, Australian Computer Society, 0449 902 130

About the Australian Computer Society

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) is the professional association for Australia's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. Over 20,000 ACS members work in business, education, government and the community. The Society exists to create the environment and provide the opportunities for members and partners to succeed. The ACS strives for ICT professionals to be recognised as drivers of innovation in our society, relevant across all sectors, and to promote the formulation of effective policies on ICT and related matters. Visit for more information.