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Alistair Forbes, CEO, Scottish Tech Army

MSP Software Veteran Alistair Forbes Aligns Social Good With Technology Initiatives

October 20, 2023 by Joe Panettieri

Alistair Forbes, an MSP software industry veteran, is connecting the dots between "social good" activity and technology in Scotland and across the United Kingdom.

Forbes' career journey, in part, includes:

Related: MSP industry veterans pursue green IT, carbon reduction software and services opportunities.

Alistair Forbes: Current Focus

Forbes' latest focus is founding director and CEO of the Scottish Tech Army -- which was "founded at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic to mobilise the people in the tech sector in Scotland to support COVID response and recovery activity."

The effort has scaled to include roughly 2,500 volunteers who have worked to support roughly 300 organizations.

Fast forward to present day, and the Scottish Tech Army has evolved into a "hub for tech for good activity in Scotland." The hub's mission, which leans heavily on partnerships, is to "deliver scalable technology solutions to support the individuals, organizations and communities of Scotland."

Among the latest moves to note: The Tech for Good Alliance, an ecosystem organized by the Scottish Tech Army, has partnered with GoCodeGreen -- a carbon diagnosis and decisioning platform.

The partnership seeks to "take a leap towards optimizing the ecological footprint of the technology and software solutions delivered to not-for-profit organizations," Digit News reported.

So What's Next? Naturally, we'd like to hear more. Forbes and I spoke regularly for about a decade during his time in the MSP software sector. But I think the last time we caught up (in depth) was about 2019 or so. But stay tuned for updates. Forbes and I are back in touch -- which means Sustainable Tech Partner hopes to take a closer look at the Scottish Tech Army in the days ahead....

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