Papers inadvertently released today tell the complex and inefficient story behind ICT-NZ the government set up industry group tasked to further the aims of the ICT industry here in New Zealand. ICT-NZ is funded via a complex chain of sources and is a perfect example of complex governmental organisations proving an ineffective model.

One only needs to look at the vibrant organically formed communities around the ICT industries to see that the most effective way to get industry group to form and perform is to facilitate their own creation.

I’m involved in an apparel industry group down here in Christchurch and, despite the best intentions of the  central and local government organisations that fund and facilitate the group – at the end of the day its efficacy or otherwise is dependent on whether or not the industry players see it as a valuable, valid and worthwhile organisation to join.

Of course there definitely is a place for central facilitation of business groupings, I just think in this modern world there are better ways to do it.

Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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