Look around the web and you’ll find conflicting information about the continuing existence of the Independent Computer Consultants Association (ICCA). ZDNet.com put up a photo of a tombstone on its website declaring the ICCA to be dearly departed at the end of 2009. The online journal also questioned whether the independent consultants themselves would be able to survive much longer.
“Reports of My Death…”
Yet www.icca.org exists again, with a homepage that declares “We’re Back…” Or to paraphrase Mark Twain, “reports of our death were greatly exaggerated.” On the other hand, how the comeback of the Independent Computer Consultants Association should be characterized is open to discussion:
Phoenix? In this version, the ICCA rises from its ashes like the mythical bird, renewed and reinvigorated. The next step is to encourage contributors to interact more, for example via its website.
Zombie? It happens—some organizations come back again, but without the soul or the motivation they had before. Will this version be disproved?
Creeping Plant? References to the ICCA also exist in other places on the web, often in local consulting company webpages where the association has pushed up new roots—like on-line strawberries, for example.
A Future in the Hands of its Members
Where ICCA goes from here will be determined by its members. Many independent computer consultants realize that entrepreneurial activity can also benefit from collaboration with others who are like-minded. If they identify the association as a way to better business, then by getting more involved in its activities they can do themselves a good turn at the same time.
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