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    SECC Holds Seminar on Egypt-SPIN

    Date published: 12 July 2010

    Software Engineering Competence Center (SECC), an affiliate of Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), held a seminar on Egypt- Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) in the Smart Village. The seminar tackled SECCís support of applying Information Technology Infrastructure Library Services (ITIL).

    A total of 90 specialists representing 60 specialized Egyptian information and communication technology (ICT) companies attended the seminar.

    Launched by SECC in December 2002, Egypt-SPIN is a network of a group of Egyptian software companies interested in the software process improvement network (SPI). The US Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University accredited Egypt-SPIN as a focal point within the Global SPIN model. SEI is the official sponsor of the international network.

    Egypt-SPIN aims to disseminate knowledge and expertise as well as interact with professional entities operating in the field around the world.

    Every regional software process improvement (SPI) network is different from another based on the vision of its institution and the societyís needs. These networks consist of professionals who belong to different sectors, the industry itself, the government and universities. Over 130 networks are currently available worldwide.

    Egypt-SPIN is an efficiently means of exchanging views and information. SECC releases a quarterly newsletter published by a number of experts in the field. It includes subjects about training and news related to this domain.
    SECC Chairman Dr. Gamal Mohamed Ali spoke at the seminar commencement about the centerís role in supporting Egypt-SPIN. He confirmed that the network depends on Egyptian professionals who work on software development. He called on the attendees to give their views over the future themes of the networkís meetings.

    SECC had suggested that the theme of this meeting was to be ITIL. It adopts the model of ITIL, the most widely accepted approach to IT service management in the world.

    ITILģ is a trademark registered for the UKís Office of Government Commerce (OGC). It describes the organization of IT resources to deliver business value, and documents processes, functions and roles in IT Service Management (ITSM).

    It is the most preferred approach adopted by several IT-related sectors like call centers, internet service providers (ISPs), application service providers (ASP), training institutes and manufacturers of electronic devices.

    By adopting ITIL, SECC aims to build the capacities of IT service management at Egyptian companies that the program targeted through applying this modelís best practices.

    The program first kicked off at SECC in 2009 and lasted for one year. MobiNil, ACT and Raya, Egabi solutions and ITS are the five companies that used the program in the pilot phase.

    Through the implementation of ITIL, organizations can consolidate services and IT operations of their own in order to raise the quality of services, improve the performance of applications and reduce operating costs.

    About SECC
    Established by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in 2001 as an affiliate to the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), the Software Engineering Competence Center (SECC) aims to boost the software industry in Egypt by improving software engineering practices so as to achieve a strong presence in the global market. To attain its target, SECC seeks: to follow the international standard criteria that aim at developing the software industry; to enhance the potential and operations of software companies and raise their awareness of state-of-the-art software tools; to modify the management concepts of software companies to conform to international standards and specifications; to offer the necessary support for the transfer of advanced software technologies; and to encourage Egyptian companies to export software products and cooperate with companies abroad.

    About ITIDA
    Located in the heart of modern business environment at the Smart Village, The Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) is a governmental entity spearheading the development of the Egyptian IT sector and increasing its global competitiveness. ITIDA, an affiliate of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), is tasked with the focal role in the developing the IT industry through identifying the needs of the local industry and addressing them with tailored programs. The agency is considered to be a one-stop-shop for foreign investors and a strategic advisor to Multi-National Companies (MNCs) investing in the Egyptian IT sector.  It further plays a leading role in enhancing the Egyptian cyber security and data protection framework towards a more secure e-Business and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services positioning.

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