Needham, MA — The Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) announced today that Wipro Ltd. (NYSE: WIT), a leading global Information Technology, Consulting and Outsourcing company, will sponsor the consortium. Wipro will become the fourth major sponsor to join the list of industry participants investing in the completion and adoption of CISQ standards in the IT industry. Earlier in 2013, Huawei, Capgemini and CAST all announced their sponsorship support for CISQ.
Wipro is one of the leaders and bellwethers of the India IT industry, and a major player in the global Application Services market. In its leadership role, Wipro has been investing significantly in software quality measurement to ensure that the firm upholds the highest standards in software quality for its clients. Wipro’s sponsorship of CISQ is based on a commitment to drive the state of the art and industry standards for software quality in Application Development and Maintenance (ADM).
The ADM outsourcing industry has matured greatly since the early days of the 1990’s, and continues to get more competitive at a global level. The Indian IT industry pioneered global sourcing, partly on the basis of process excellence, codified by the Capability Maturity Model (CMM), which was developed by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University in the United States. Dr. Bill Curtis, best known for building the CMM at SEI, which was a key driver in the globalization of the Indian IT software industry, has now assumed the role of director at CISQ.
At a press conference last week in India, Dr. Curtis described how much he believes CISQ could have a similar impact as CMM, and why some of the leading Indian Global Sis are embracing this new initiative. “The last wave in software engineering was focused on improving our process maturity as a major improvement lever,” said Dr. Curtis. “The current wave in software engineering has moved on to focus on the product and the outcomes achieved in managing software projects and maintenance.”
Conceived as a partnership by the SEI and the Object Management Group (OMG), CISQ was initially led by a set of industry multinationals which rely on global sourcing for application development. Together with industry participants and software measurement experts the consortium has successfully led the standardization of Function Point measurement and produced a Software Characteristics Measurement Specification due to be turned into a full OMG standard in 2014. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities for CISQ, visit www.it-cisq.org.
The Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) is an IT industry leadership group comprised of IT executives from the Global 2000, system integrators, outsourced service providers, and software technology vendors committed to introduce a computable metrics standard for measuring software quality and size. CISQ is a neutral, open forum in which customers and suppliers of IT application software can develop an industry-wide agenda of actions for improving IT application quality and reduce cost and risk.