Belfast Telegraph

Peter aims to boost IT skills

By Robin Morton

The new chairman of Momentum, the Northern Ireland ICT Federation, has pledged to raise skills levels among IT professionals during his term of office.

He is Peter Shields, managing director of leading IT consultancy EG Information Consulting, which is based at James Street South in the centre of Belfast.

Mr Shields, who has worked in the local ICT sector for 23 years, said he intended to build on the work of his predecessor, Frank Graham.

Mr Shields' career to date includes roles at Shorts, Logicom, Harland & Wolff, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and since 1999 he has been managing director of EG Information Consulting.

Mr Shields said that among the issues he and chief executive Ian Graham would address were increasing the supply of skilled professionals and raising skill levels among existing IT professionals.

He said he also hoped to make the industry more attractive to young people and to promote the work of the IT Professional Academy and the Computer Club for Girls initiatives.

"Another important initiative is the SDP Alliance, designed to help companies achieve scale through collaboration," added Mr Shields.

"Seven companies from both sides of the border which sell software products into the global mobile communications market have come together with Momentum as the managing agent to integrate their respective products and market them as a combined offering."

Mr Shields said he wanted to continue to increase Momentum's sphere of influence.

At present, Momentum has 155 member companies, while the IT industry employs more than 14,600 in Northern Ireland.

Belfast Telegraph