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    SECC Honors 10 CMMI Accredited Egyptian Companies

    Date published: 14 April 2009

    Software Engineering Competence Center (SECC) honored Monday 10 Egyptian companies accredited Capability Maturity Model® Integration (CMMI) levels 2 and 3 during the time from 2007-2009. The celebration was held under the auspices of Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Tarek Kamel.

    Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) CEO Dr. Hazem Abdelazim and SECC Chairman Dr. Gamal Mohamed Ali witnessed the celebration.

    Dr. Kamel stated that the Egyptian companies' acquisition of CMMI certifications enabled them to compete internationally. This target, he added, is one of the main aims of Egypt's information and communication technology (ICT) sector strategy, providing Egyptian companies with the required tools for competing globally, especially during the financial crisis.

    A total of 31 Egyptian companies have received CMMI accreditation so far. They have been supported by SECC and offered training and technical consultations through Egyptian experts.

    Dr. Ali noted that SECC has been offering consultations to 20 companies and institutions to qualify them to acquire CMMI levels 2 and 3 within the years 2009 and 2010.

    In addition, the center released the Software Process Improvement Guide (SPIG), which acts as a model conforming to the operations of small and medium sized enterprises (SME)s based on the CMMI principles.

    The guide, which entails instructional and procedural steps, aims at encouraging SMEs to follow the development process of their software programs and boost their performance. An electronic version of the guide is available for companies to use everywhere.

    The guide has been applied on 60 companies over the past three years. Applying it on 30 more companies is currently underway.

    SECC is the first strategic partner of Engineering Institute (SEI) of the USA's Carnegie Mellon University. SEI has licensed SECC to provide consulting and evaluation services to help improve quality in the international software industry with the exception of the US. SECC has also started offering PSP and TSP services following an extension of partnership with SEI in November, 2006.

    SECC has been providing services to several companies in the Gulf as well as expanding its activities in the Middle East and North Africa.

    CMMI is a process improvement approach that provides organizations with the essential elements of effective processes. It can be used to guide process improvement across a project, a division or an entire organization.

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