At a recent industry debate between Queensland premier, Anna Bligh, and opposition leader, Lawrence Springborg, the group got 100 IT representatives to come along, dressed in provocative t-shirts saying “I choose ICT for 30,000 new Queensland jobs”. I can only imagine the impact that had on the 500 other attendees.
Campbell’s argument was governments should be spending some of the billions outlaid to stimulate the economy on creating new “smart” jobs and industries in readiness for the challenges of the future. Rather than saving the car manufacturing industry for example, Campbell said the spotlight should shine on ICT innovation.
These are big, wide-reaching ideas, and will take time to develop. But it’s fantastic to see so many talking about the value of ICT.
At ARN, we believe the IT channel is an intrinsic and critical part of this debate. As the repercussions of the economic downturn wheedle their way into each corporation and small business, channel partners will be instrumental in driving these changes and improving productivity for their customers.
To highlight some of the ways channel organisations are already adjusting to this new level of responsibility, we looked at what several integrators and vendors are doing to buck the recession (see page 1). All agreed combating business and productivity issues through services and technology solutions was the best way to secure customers today and for the future.