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King’s College London Partners with the Business Technology Forum

The Business Technology Forum has invited higher education institutions to join its partnership community. The first international academic partner to answer the call is King’s College London from the UK.

The Business Technology Standard is an industry best practice and an open source management framework to plan, build and run information technology. It was developed in cooperation with more than 50 leading Nordic companies and public sector organisations and has been in wide use since 2009.

In 2020, the Standard is celebrating its tenth anniversary. This year, Business Technology Forum, the non-profit organisation facilitating the Standard, is strengthening its cooperation with the academic world. The forum is now inviting higher education institutions to join the Partnership Community.

The first international higher education partner to show the way is King’s College London.

“The Business Technology Standard provides a customer-focused approach for all aspects of the IT lifecycle, supporting the student, research, and staff experience. It frees us to focus on delivering value. It is open source, yet comprehensive and end-to-end. We have found a community of like-minded people to collaborate with,” says John Butterworth, Head of CIO Office at King’s College London.

Nick Russell, UK&I Lead for The Business Technology Forum, highlights the importance of the partnership. “This is an exciting step forward for the development of the BT Standard here in the UK&I and is the result of over two years of hard work between Xonetic and King’s College London. I am looking forward to the strengthening of the Business Technology model for Higher Education and King’s that this partnership will bring”

Katri Kolesnik, Head of the Business Technology Forum, welcomes cooperation with King’s College London and other higher education partners with enthusiasm.

”Partnership with King’s College London is a significant milestone for the whole Business Technology Standard community. Our standard was born out of the best management practices of forerunner companies in the Nordics. As our community is enrichened by higher education partners, we hope to get new ideas and perspectives from the research and theoretical point of view”, Kolesnik says.

According to Katri Kolesnik, universities and higher education establishments have much to gain from the partnership with the BT Forum.

”Technology is a core capability when universities are competing for the best students and researchers globally. The University Partnership Community for Business Technology Standard development will help them to use technology in a smarter way with best-fit practices and operating models adapted for higher education institutions.”

The Business Technology Standard is already used as an educational framework in many higher education institutions worldwide, for example in Japan, the US, and Australia.

More information about the The Business Technology Standard is available here.

Watch John Butterworth’s interview video here

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