The Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS) will merge with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
Following an overwhelming majority vote from its membership IMIS has ratified the merger with immediate effect, with all IMIS professional members transferring to BCS membership.
In a statement the BCS said the move will see the two organisations work together to maintain standards and enhance the reputation of the IT profession with the aim of elevating it to the same level of recognition as traditional professions like law and engineering.
BCS group chief executive David Clarke says “We are delighted to be welcome IMIS into the BCS group. This is a natural fit and reinforces both of our agendas to promote and represent the IT profession across the globe.
“Today IT is central to society and business, therefore it is important that we establish standards for those currently working in the profession, encourage the next generation to consider IT as a future career choice and raise awareness among the general public of the importance of the profession.”
IMIS is a registered charity supporting professionals involved in information systems management, while the BCS, also a registered charity, promotes the advancement of information technology science and practice.
Professor Simon Rogerson, chair of the IMIS Council says: “In deciding upon this merger we believe that together our organisations will offer the best opportunity for members to continue to meet their academic, professional and career requirements. This is a landmark event for the industry. It is a real opportunity to make a positive difference for society in general.”
By joining forces, the two professional Institutes say they intend to bring a stronger united voice to policy decisions that affect the future development of the industry within the international community and deliver a wider range of services to their combined membership base.
Clarke adds: “BCS is delighted to be working with IMIS to develop an integrated approach which will enable us to collectively meet the needs of members, businesses and the profession much more comprehensively in the future.”