NZTech CEO Graeme Muller is tapping his global experience in building a strong voice for the local information technology industry.\n\u201cThere are different activities and organisations that could be relevant to our market,\u201d says Muller.\nThe markets which have a strong voice, he says, will have groups that stimulate and support the other organisations that have more niche focuses, and not by \u201cstamping everyone else\u201d.\nMuller joined NZTech over a month ago. Before this, he was managing partner of Ecosystm Advisory, a New Zealand-focused tech industry market analyst firm, and with IDC in Europe and the Pacific region.\n We need critical mass and to develop sustained collaboration with government and other parts of the economy. Graeme Muller, NZTech\nHe is the third CEO at NZTech, which was was established as NZICT six years ago. He replaced Candace Kinserwho is now NZ lead for Palantir. Its inaugural CEO was Brett O\u2019Riley, now CEO at Auckland Tourism, Events Economic Development (ATEED).\n\u201cLet us not reinvent the wheel,\u201d says Muller. \u201cHow can we collaborate with others to accelerate and enhance what they are doing?\u201d\nHe says one of the things he is going to push early this year is around strategy and vision from a technology level.\n\u201cWhat I am going to try and proactively drive is engagement with senior stakeholders from industry, government and the users of technology to encourage the government to develop a national technology strategy,\u201d he tells CIO New Zealand.\n\u201cIf we can have a strong vision, we can start identifying what are some of the big things technology can help with,\u201d he states. \u201cThese could be around health, education, social policy, the way technology is procured."\n A CTO for NZ\nHe says "it makes sense" to have a chief technology officer for New Zealand who will have oversight of this strategy.\n We can start identifying what are some of the big things technology can help with. These could be around health, education, social policy, the way technology is procured.\n\u201cOther economies doing well have some role like that in place,\u201d he states.\nBut the first point is to have a clear working strategy around information technology.\n\u201cTechnology is embedded in every single industry," he states. \u201cIt is a huge accelerator for the economy if you have got someone on top of the strategy and opportunity side\u201d, as distinguished from the delivery side.\n\u201cThe first place is to start to bring the stakeholders together, to get the leaders in New Zealand to come together and start debating the pros and cons, identifying what is the most important thing from a strategic perspective.\n\u201cWe need critical mass and to develop sustained collaboration with government and other parts of the economy.\n\u201cIt will be around collaboration openly and in partnership with a number of stakeholders to design a program of impacts that represents outstanding business cases, in terms of accelerating the economic and social advance of New Zealand, enabled by technology.\u201d\nSend news tips and comments to email@example.com\nFollow Divina Paredes on Twitter: @divinap\nFollow CIO New Zealand on Twitter:@cio_nz\nSign up for CIO newsletters for regular updates on CIO news, views and events.\nJoin us on Facebook.