BCS President Charles Hughes looks at change and diversity in the industry, and the tasks that lie ahead for the Society.

Photo of Charles Hughes We continue to live in exciting times. The industry is continually evolving, technology is presenting ever more opportunities and we are surrounded by enthralling projects. The British Computer Society has responded.

In a dynamic industry it is imperative to have standards and consistency and, above all, the profession must give leadership to the public we serve. We have accepted the challenge and fully intend to make the BCS the professional society of the 21st century.

As our industry's influence and control becomes ever more ubiquitous and pervasive the role of its professional institution and learned society becomes ever more important.

There are the obvious activities of communication, publishing and networking, all enhanced and supported by the Society's 55 branches - 15 outside the UK - and 52 specialist groups. There is also our learned society role and the supporting conferences, papers and thought leadership debates.

The BCS has been undertaking its own major change programme and during the last 12 months we have moved into exceptional new London headquarters, replaced and refreshed our IT systems - on time and within budget - and welcomed our 50,000th member.

The theme of change and the diverse capabilities and interests of the BCS are amply demonstrated in this annual review. My article on page 12 explains the importance of the professionalism programme for all stakeholders in the IT industry.

There are articles on compliance and strategy and a slew of articles on aspects of security from phishing to malware. Communications, 3G and mobile computing are featured along with sections on networking, services, software testing and applications development tools. These paint a rich picture of the industry present and future.

As I take over as President, the Society is in good health and vibrant form. This is a wonderful starting point, for the task ahead is difficult and will require all our skills and attention. Transforming the IT industry into a strong and respected profession is our aim and my theme for 2006. 

Charles Hughes Signature 




Charles Hughes, BCS President