The Australian Computing Society (ACS) has really upped its game since CEO Andrew Johnson started in 2014. I have to admit that I previously let my membership lapse, but some recent developments have caught my eye:
ACS Innovation Hubs: With the help of Shark Tank’s Steve Baxter, the ACS have set up impressive Innovation Hubs in Brisbane, Sydney and now Melbourne. I went to the launch of the Melbourne hub recently and was bowled over by the 150-seat, state-of-the-art environment, custom-designed for fledgling IT companies to collaborate and connect with investors.
The ACS Information Age Newsletter: This publication used to play it pretty safe, but today’s Information Age is in touch with the industry and one of my favourite IT newsletters.
ACS Certification: I am a strong supporter of vendor certifications, but I also know the limitations of multi-choice exams. Some great career-boosters (after our IT Masters degrees of course) are the ACS Certified Technologist and ACS Certified Professional certifications. These certs are two of the industry’s only ‘competency-based’ certifications because they are awarded based on your professional experience. The ACS has also brought out two new certifications for cyber security professionals.
So it’s with renewed confidence that I’m once again a paid-up ACS member, and we are even going to sponsor the upcoming Thought Leaders’ Summit.
Adjunct Senior Lecturer (Charles Sturt University)
CEO (IT Masters Pty Ltd)