The Forum's Education & Skills Commission has published the first of four reports on addressing the IT skills crisis facing the UK.
Research among Forum members has identified a number of causes for skills shortages that are affecting more than half of large organisations.
These range from outsourcing policies and an ageing workforce through to insufficient understanding of IT and what it enables in both the boardroom and on the shop floor.
The first report, "The Early Years", focuses on the school years and finds an IT education and careers system in "complete disarray".
The report makes 20 recommendations on education, careers guidance and the development of the new IT curriculum.