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One way to advance your career in IT consulting is to join a trade association and enjoy the advantages of networking with other IT professionals and sharing best practice with top experts in the field.

Find out more about these industry bodies and see how they can benefit your consulting career!

British Computer Society (BCS)
British Computer Society
The British Computer Society is Britain's largest industry body for computing and the information and communications sector.
Independent Computer Consultants Association (ICCA)
Independent Computer Consultants Association
The ICCA is an international non-profit trade association that represents independent IT consultants in the United States and worldwide.
Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP)
Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals
The ICCP is an IT consulting industry body dedicated to upholding the highest standards in the field of information and communications technology.
Intellect
Intellect
Are you an IT consultant looking to advance your career? Read the Intellect profile on TopITconsultant.com and find out how this technology industry body may benefit your work and career.
Management Consultancies Association (MCA)
Management Consultancies Association
The MCA is a trade association that represents management consulting firms in the UK to industry clients, the government and the public.
SAP UK & Ireland User Group
SAP UK & Ireland User Group
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Society of Information Technology Management (Socitm)
Society of Information Technology Management
The Society of Information Technology Management is a professional association for ICT managers employed in the public sector.
The UK Oracle User Group
The UK Oracle User Group
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Society of Information Technology Management (Socitm)

The organization and the mission

The Society of Information Technology Management (Socitm) is a professional association for information and communications technology (ICT) managers employed in the public sector. It operates under the name Socitm Limited.

The Society advocates the use of ICT best practice, helms the implementation of local e-government in the UK, works to advance public knowledge of ICT, offers guidance to local authorities in matters concerning ICT strategy and has several activity groups that provide a number of different services for IT professionals. The activity groups answer to the National Council, the Society's body that implements and oversees policies, as well as regional groups.

Socitm was founded in 1986 and today it has more than 1,900 members from 550 organizations in the UK. Every year, the Society publishes IT Trends, a survey of the heads of ICT departments in local governments in Britain, with officers who have considerable influence in matters of ICT finances answering extensive questionnaires.

Socitm: criteria and standards

There are five membership categories at Socitm: full, associate, affiliate, subscriber and retired members. Full membership is open only to senior officers employed in the public sector whose opinion carries weight in the matters of ICT strategy and policy in their organizations. All members follow the Socitm Code of Conduct, which is based on the British Computer Society Code, they strive for ongoing professional development and are committed to upholding the highest standards of integrity, in keeping with the Society's professional status and reputation.

Membership benefits at Socitm

Socitm activity groups offer a range of services to ICT professionals, including consulting, benchmarking, performance management, best practice research, training courses and organization of various conferences and events. Only full Socitm members have the right to vote, but the Society's services are available to all members, regardless of status.

Socitm represents public sector ICT managers on relevant government committees, it sponsors MBA programs for up to five members each year and has several ongoing professional development programs and training courses that are available to the members. Socitm members have discounts on some of the Society's top products and services. Finally, various conferences, events and regional membership meetings give members an excellent opportunity to learn new things and network with other IT professionals. The events include Socitm's popular Annual Conference and Spring Seminar.

Visit the Socitm website at http://www.socitm.gov.uk
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