Mills starts own national ICT industry body

Former Software Queensland board member Bruce Mills has banded together with other members of the ICT sector to create a new national industry body, the Outsourcing Council Asia Pacific (OCAP).

Former Software Queensland board member Bruce Mills has banded together with other members of the ICT sector to create a new national industry body, the Outsourcing Council Asia Pacific (OCAP).

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Mills said that his decision to launch OCAP with other industry body leaders was made because the ICT industry has been left to stagnate by governments that don't understand the potential of the sector. The group is already in talks with other associations that are keen to become affiliates.

"For too long, organisations and government-appointed reference groups have played the 'yes man' role at the expense of our country's ICT sector and the future of the nation," he said.

"Our charter is to better tell the story of what our sector can deliver, and ensure we are very much top of mind with key government decision makers in the future."

Mills said that OCAP would also facilitate business development for industry peers by providing training, professional services and mentoring.

"We provide education on current and new developments in outsourcing and shared services, personal networking with other members in the industry, discussion of and contribution to industry best practice, with members receiving recognition as a council member and [the] right to use the OCAP accreditation logo."

Additionally, he vowed to ensure that the body engages in national debate, and said that it won't remain quiet on political matters.

"We will stand and deliver on a pledge to voice the issues and concerns of this sector without any fear or favour. There will be no chance for a government of the day to silence this organisation, and there will be no place for a minister to run and hide."

Mills previously resigned from his position with Software Queensland, a sponsor of the ICT Industry Workgroup, which aims to represent and advocate Queensland's ICT industry in business and government, because he had felt pressed to leave the working group after he had criticised the direction of the state's ICT policy on his personal blog.

The workgroup has rejected this claim, and Queensland ICT Minister Simon Finn has said that the claims are unfounded.