The Jamaica Information Technology Services Alliance (JITSA) announced its new Executive Board for the 2018-2020 term at its recently held Members Meeting at Fujitsu’s Office, Belmont Road Kingston.
The new executive members include Dr. Wayde Marr (President), Messrs Neil Abrahams (Vice President, Resellers Products & Services), Mervyn Eyre (Vice President, IT Consulting & Advisory Services), Melarka Williams (Vice President, Software Developers), Mr. Pat Tomlinson (Treasurer), Ms. Vitra Gopee (Secretary), Mrs. Stacey Halsall-Peart (Director), Mr. David Allen (Director) and Dr. Sean Thorpe, which is reserved for the current President of the Jamaica Computer Society (JCS).
Dr. Marr noted that JITSA’s focus will be on creating stakeholder value for the public through its members and in support of the national agenda. JITSA will support national strategies for Digital Adoption with the intent of creating new value. Businesses will be guided and supported in leveraging Information Technology to derive new efficiencies using leading-edge products, innovative processes and organization methods.
The goal will be to build an ecosystem characterized by innovation and growth, supported and sustained through ever growing technical capacity and capabilities, resulting in the perpetuation of demand-generation for digital products and services.
Given the expectations of an increase in expected Foreign Direct Investment and new investments by local companies, the matter of capacity will become increasingly critical. Technology transfer and education/training of members will therefore be necessary to ensure the growth of capacity within local firms and in the development and/or upgrade of local talent throughout the industry. JITSA will be proactive in efforts to build techno-business knowledge, upgrading current technical competencies and developing future skills among its membership and the wider IT Services Provider community.
Aside from the intangible benefits of branding by way of association with the Alliance, members can expect to derive direct benefits from the arrangement of business and technical training, facilitation of collaboration among members and promotion of opportunities for private/public sector engagements.
JITSA is an umbrella organization which currently represents over 30 companies, both local and international, including the membership of organisations such as the Jamaica Computer Society (JCS). Its growing membership comprises a vibrant cross-section of local entrepreneurs, regional IT joint venture companies and global product and service providers. JITSA’s mission is to promote the adoption and development of Information Technology in Jamaica, by continuing to enhance the capabilities and capacity of local Information Technology providers. Through interaction with the public and key corporate and government decision-makers, the organization will play a pivotal role in promoting value creation within the industry and growing equity for employees, citizens and investors in the local public and private sectors. Key to its mandate is to also increase the capabilities of the country’s local talent, human assets and related resources. For further clarification or additional information regarding this release, please email the JITSA Secretariat at email@example.com