PSTF: Sharing knowledge offers mutual benefits

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The Post Strategic Technology Forum was launched last week by chairman and Post editor in chief, Anthony Gould.

Mr Gould welcomed delegates, including some of the industry's senior IT decision-makers, to the first annual conference held at One Great George Street in London's Westminster.

In his opening speech, Mr Gould said: "Technology is now a major driver for the industry, not to mention all businesses, government and even society as a whole — and as the chief information officer or IT director you are right at the heart of many, often seemingly diametrically opposed, challenges.

"These include identifying new technology and how it can work for your business; identifying the fads from the long-term drivers of structural change; driving and managing the adoption and process of innovation; and driving through cost reductions and process efficiencies."

"IT is no longer simply about providing technical solutions to business problems — but about strategy: informing it, shaping it, driving it and delivering it. We hope that by creating this forum we can help you to share best practice, identify and unite over common problems and, ultimately, help the industry help itself."

Mr Gould said that it is important for the industry to share its knowledge for mutual benefit, while respecting businesses' competitive drive.

"When it comes to sharing experiences there are issues of competitive edge — but this line is constantly moving and there is often little point in different companies working in silos or all piloting the same technology on issues that the whole industry could benefit from," he added.

He concluded by thanking the forum's provisional advisory board for its support, including: RSA's Giles Baxter; Aviva's Ian Butterworth; Groupama's Jem Eskenazi, Allianz's John Knowles; and Towergate's Mike Newman.

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