CISQ’s Automated Enhancement Points Metric Becomes Object Management Group Standard for Software Sizing

Needham, MA – October 11, 2016 – The Consortium for IT Software Quality™ (CISQ™), an IT industry leadership group that submits standards for measuring software quality and size, today announced that the Board of Directors of the Object Management Group® (OMG®) voted to approve the finalization of the Automated Enhancement Points specification. OMG is an international, open membership, not-for-profit standards consortium.   According to CISQ’s Executive Director, Dr. Bill Curtis, “Automated Enhancement Points improves the measurement of software size for use in productivity analysis by measuring both the functional and non-functional size of software. This is a significant advance in automated software sizing that solves problems that functional size measures have experienced in analyzing productivity during maintenance and enhancement activities.”   The OMG standard is available to the public for free download at http://www.omg.org/spec/AEP/.   This new standard for software sizing follows on the heels of the OMG standard for Automated Function Points™ written by CISQ and approved in 2013. Automated Function Points automate the functional sizing of transaction-oriented software … Continue reading

Cyber Resilience Summit Brings Together U.S. Government Leaders and IT Standards Experts

October 20 Summit Theme is “Ensure Resiliency in Federal Software Acquisition”   Needham, MA – October 3, 2016 – The Cyber Resilience Summit will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia. The Summit will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. Registration is open to the public and costs $95 USD. Admission for government officials is complimentary.   The Consortium for IT Software Quality™ (CISQ™) hosts this semiannual event to brief U.S. Government leaders on cyber risk standards for ensuring quality, security, and resiliency in IT acquisition and modernization programs.   One of the Summit’s major themes is legacy IT modernization. In his keynote address, Dr. David Bray, CIO of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will discuss how the FCC prioritized cyber resilience during a period of digital transformation. He led a team of “change agents” that upgraded the FCC’s aging legacy IT, which was comprised of more than 207 different systems, to cloud computing, saving the FCC millions. … Continue reading

Synopsys Joins Consortium for IT Software Quality as Latest Sponsor to Advance Code Quality Standards

Needham, MA – May 16, 2016 – The Consortium for IT Software Quality™ (CISQ™), an IT industry leadership group committed to introducing a computable metrics standard for measuring software quality and size, today welcomes Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS) as a program sponsor to advocate for standards in software quality measurement. As the world’s 16th largest software company, Synopsys has a long history of being a global leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor IP and is also growing its leadership in software quality and security solutions.   “We’re excited that Synopsys has joined CISQ. With their leadership, we will be able to strengthen CISQ’s work in security and extend CISQ standards into the embedded systems domain. Since the Internet of Things integrates embedded systems with IT systems, we will need to address software security at the system level and identify weaknesses that cross through both types of systems,” said Dr. Bill Curtis, Executive Director, CISQ. “Synopsys will work with CISQ to promote the use of standard software quality metrics … Continue reading

Consortium for IT Software Quality to Host Cyber Resilience Summit

Consortium to Brief U.S. Federal Government on Code Quality Standards   Needham, Mass. – Feb. 2, 2016 – The Consortium for IT Software Quality™ (CISQ™) today announced its return to Washington, D.C. as host of its fourth annual cyber event, Cyber Resilience Summit, which will take place on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at the Hyatt Reston Town Center in Reston, Virginia. The Summit will bring defense, government and industry leaders together to discuss IT/cyber risk standards for bolstering security and resiliency in software-intensive systems. Registration is open to the public and costs $195 USD. Admission for government officials is complimentary.   “We have an outstanding program with speakers on the front lines of operational resiliency and cyber security practices. Attendees will benefit from their insights, as they learn the importance of requiring that delivered code be analyzed and measured for violations of good architectural and coding practices, especially those related to security and resiliency,” said Dr. Bill Curtis, Executive Director, CISQ. “Attendees will also learn best practices for applying software … Continue reading

Advancing Software Quality Standards: Booz Allen Hamilton Joins CISQ as Silver Sponsor

Needham, MA, October 20, 2015 – The Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) announced today that Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE: BAH) is joining the Consortium as a Silver sponsor. Booz Allen Hamilton provides management, technology consulting and engineering services to leading Fortune 500 corporations, governments, and not-for-profits across the globe. The firm is the sixth major sponsor to join CISQ’s roster of supporters that are advancing the adoption of software quality standards in the IT industry.   Over the next year, Booz Allen Hamilton will contribute to new CISQ software quality specifications, including Automated Enhancement Function Points, which is a measure of software size to be used in the analysis of maintenance activities and productivity; Technical Debt, which is a measure of software cost, effort and risk due to defects remaining in code at release; and Quality-Adjusted Productivity, which is a measure of development productivity that takes into account the quality of software produced.   In addition to software quality standards, Booz Allen Hamilton will be among the first organizations … Continue reading

Consortium for IT Software Quality Announces New Specifications for Measuring Structural Quality of Software

Automated Quality Measures Manage IT Risk   Needham, MA, September 15, 2015 – The Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) today announced new measurement specifications based on detecting weaknesses in the reliability, security, performance efficiency and maintainability of software applications. These quality measures can be used to evaluate the risk in software-intensive systems from such sources as unauthorized penetrations, outages, data corruption, degraded performance, and excessive complexity.   CISQ was chartered to create specifications for automating the measurement of software size and structural quality. “Recent IT disasters in the news are entering the era of nine-digit defects, where incidents can pass the $100 million mark in damages,” said Dr. Bill Curtis, Executive Director of CISQ. “These incidents have escalated beyond the CIO to the boardroom. Today’s announcement will enable the C-suite to better manage IT risk by giving them measures of the structural quality of their systems.”   The Object Management Group® (OMG®), an international, open membership, not-for-profit technology standards consortium, will approve these specifications as OMG standards this year. … Continue reading

Dr. J. Michael Gilmore, Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E), DoD, to Deliver Keynote at CISQ IT Risk Management & Cybersecurity Summit

Needham, MA, March 12, 2015 – The Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) today announced that Dr. J. Michael Gilmore, Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) at the U.S. Department of Defense, will present the opening keynote at the upcoming IT Risk Management and Cybersecurity Summit on March 24 in Reston, Virginia. His keynote is titled, “Lessons from Cyber Security Assessments in DoD,” which will address how people and processes are equally as important as software code to achieve cybersecurity in weapons and business systems.   Dr. Gilmore was sworn in as Director of Operational Test and Evaluation on September 23, 2009. A Presidential appointee confirmed by the United States Senate, he serves as the senior advisor to the Secretary of Defense on operational and live fire test and evaluation of DoD weapon systems. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Gilmore was the Assistant Director for National Security at the Congressional Budget Office. In this position, he was responsible for CBO’s National Security Division, which performs analyses of major … Continue reading

CISQ Welcomes Accenture as Platinum Sponsor

Will have opportunity to work on software quality measures and standards   Needham, MA, February 17, 2015 – The Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) is pleased to welcome Accenture (NYSE: ACN) as a Platinum sponsor. As a sponsor of CISQ, Accenture will play a leading role in the discussion and creation of metrics and methods for measuring software quality. With a seat on the CISQ Governing Board, Accenture will be able to influence standards and guidelines that CISQ recommends.   “Our clients need simple, up-to-date methods for consistently measuring the effectiveness of their software maintenance and development in order to determine labor requirements, manage work, identify opportunities for improvement and set goals,” said Andy Cook, managing director, Technology Delivery Enablement, Accenture. “We look forward to working with CISQ to define specifications for new quality and productivity measurement that support the development and delivery of more agile and innovative software applications.”   “We’re very excited to welcome Accenture as a Platinum sponsor of CISQ,” said Dr. Bill Curtis, Executive Director, … Continue reading

Consortium for IT Software Quality to Host IT Risk Management & Cybersecurity Summit in March

Needham, MA, February 10, 2015 – The Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) today announced that it will host the IT Risk Management and Cybersecurity Summit at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on March 24 in Reston, Virginia. Registration is now open.   Congress and the White House have mandated action for software quality including: Executive Order 13636, NDAA Sec. 933 and SEC Regulation SCI. Federal agencies are required to comply with these mandates to prevent breaches and outages that affect national and economic security. With this in mind, the Consortium’s organizers have designed this one-day leadership forum for attendees to network, exchange information and share insights into the role that standards in software quality play to help mitigate such vulnerabilities and risks.   The agenda will feature CISQ Director, Dr. Bill Curtis, who led development of the Capability Maturity Model at the Software Engineering Institute, and now leads development of the CISQ software quality measures. “This event responds to the growing demand to manage risk and dependability of software whether … Continue reading

Seminar on Measuring and Managing Software Risk, Security, and Technical Debt to Take Place in Austin, TX

Needham, MA – The Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the seminar, “Measuring and Managing Software Risk, Security, and Technical Debt” at the Sheraton at the Capitol in Austin, TX on Wednesday, September 17th. The event will be co-sponsored by The Center for Advanced Research in Software Engineering (ARiSE), University of Texas (UT).   The issue of software risk and security affects everyone. With talks such as “The State of Software Process and Quality in the State of Texas” from Herb Krasner, Principal Researcher, UT ARiSE; “The Global State of Software Structural Quality: Do Method and Source Matter?” by CISQ Director, Dr. Bill Curtis; “New Findings on Measuring the Effectiveness and Quality of Agile Projects,” by Dr. William Nichols, Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University, and an update on the latest developments in the national cyber-security community by Robert Martin, Director, Common Weakness Enumeration Repository, Mitre Corp, this master seminar will focus on the importance of good quality software … Continue reading

Consortium for IT Software Quality to Host Seminar on Software Quality in Federal Acquisitions

Needham, MA — The Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a seminar on “Software Quality in Federal Acquisitions” on Wednesday, March 26th at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, VA. Well-respected industry speakers will provide valuable information on software quality as it relates to acquisition practice, sizing and estimating, as well as developments in assurance and security within the federal space.   Participants will walk away encouraged to use software sizing and structural quality measures to reduce the risk and cost of software. Not only will best practices for deploying and using software measures in productivity analysis be presented, but presenters will identify pitfalls to avoid in analysis and use of measures.   Robert Martin of MITRE Corporation will lead a discussion on advances in information assurance standards while John Keane of Military Health Systems will recount lessons learned in health IT security.   “Software acquisition has been a challenge for the federal government, as the recent healthcare.gov rollout debacle illustrates,” said … Continue reading

Wipro to Sponsor Consortium for IT Software Quality

  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 … Continue reading

Software Quality Consortium to Host Roundtable Discussion on Software Robustness and Resiliency in Capital Markets

  Will address the system risk prevalent in today’s financial markets     Needham, MA—The Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) is pleased to announce it will be hosting an executive roundtable, “Software Robustness and Resiliency in Capital Markets,” on Tuesday, November 19th from 7:30am-10am at the Marriott hotel at Grand Central at 525 Lexington Ave and 48th Street in New York, NY.   The level of software complexity and risk being managed at exchanges and by broker dealers is a major concern in the industry today. Technology leaders need to address software risk in a way that improves the ability to gain competitive advantage and speed to the marketplace. The CISQ roundtable will be an open dialogue on getting ahead of the software robustness issue and upcoming regulations.   Speakers will include: Corey Booth, Partner and Managing Director of Boston Consulting Group, Dr. Bill Curtis, Director of CISQ, and J.P. Chauvet, Chief Architect of Equities at Credit Suisse. Together, they will discuss the challenges of achieving robust and resilient … Continue reading

Director of CISQ Responds to the Proposed SEC Rule

  Director of CISQ responds to the proposed SEC rule Calls out importance of quality and security in automated systems supporting U.S. securities market   Needham, MA — The Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) is proud to announce that its Director, Dr. Bill Curtis, submitted comments on the consortium’s behalf to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding proposed rule, “Regulation Systems Compliance and Integrity – Rule 1000(b)(1)”.   In the responses, Dr. Curtis made recommendations to ensure that critical structural weaknesses would be detected and fixed. Specific recommendations include:   SCI entities should incorporate measurements of cost, quality, operational performance, and business risk of SCI software in development and testing methods; The structural quality of SCI Security Systems should be evaluated and measured, since many software security vulnerabilities result from poor structural quality;  SCI systems should be reviewed and tested prior to each software release; and Policies compliant with the proposed rule should include a broader range of standards than currently proposed, including CISQ’s standard measure of structural quality … Continue reading

Consortium for IT Software Quality Reaches 500 Member Milestone

Needham, MA 05-6-2013, The Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) is pleased to announce that over 500 individuals and organizations have become members since the group’s inception in late 2009. Reflecting the overarching desire for software quality standards, member organizations vary widely with members including: high-profile banking and financial services corporations; multinational IT and communication service organizations; major professional services firms; large universities; clothing retailers; insurance agencies; oilfield and energy service companies; and a TV and film production division.   “CISQ has passed another milestone in gaining over 500 members. This validates the importance of the CISQ mission and the value of the standards we are creating for automating the measurement of software size and quality,” said Dr. Bill Curtis, Director of CISQ.   CISQ was created with the goal of creating 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.   The consortium has had many achievements so … Continue reading

Consortium for IT Software Quality Releases Calendar of Events

  CISQ makes past webinars available for download.   Needham, MA—The Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) has released its calendar of events for the rest of the 2013 year. These special events include a continuation of CISQ’s popular webinar series as well as seminars and workshops taking place at OMG technical meetings. Highlights of these events include:   “Managing Software Risk” webinar: March 14th at 11am EST. Featuring guest speaker, Chris Dressler, VP Technology Architecture at Cablevision, this webinar will cover some of the software risk drivers in the IT industry today, how businesses treat software risk, and what types of measurement frameworks are used to manage risk. Using Software Measures in Productivity and Quality Improvement Programs: March 20th from 9am-4pm EST. Taking place at the OMG technical meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, VA, this seminar will motivate participants to use software sizing and structural quality measures to reduce the risk and cost of software. The program will also include a presentation of the OMG Automated Function … Continue reading

OMG Adopts Automated Function Point Specification

  Key Player, CISQ, Hosted a Webinar to Discuss New Specification   Needham, MA 01-17-2013 The Object Management Group (OMG®) Board of Directors has adopted the Automated Function Point (AFP) specification. The push for adoption was led by the Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ®), which is hosting a webinar to discuss the standard on Thursday, February 14th at 11am.   AFP provides a standard for automating the popular Function Point measure according to the counting guidelines of the International Function Point User Group (IFPUG). While there are several automated counters available in the market, there has never been a standard that ensures they are all counting the same way.   “The announcement by OMG of a specification for [AFP] counting should dramatically expand the use of Function Points for sizing IT applications,” stated Dr. Bill Curtis, Director, CISQ. “By dramatically reducing the cost of counting and eliminating the problem of inconsistency among manual counters, automated Function Point measurement can become a standard component of the software development and maintenance … Continue reading

CISQ Launch Announcement 2012

Industry Consortium to Standardize Software Quality Characteristics Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) publishes proposed draft standards for measuring software quality   Orlando, FL – September 10, 2012 – The Consortium of IT Software Quality (CISQ) today announced the release of its standard measures for evaluating and benchmarking the Reliability, Security, Performance Efficiency, and Maintainability of IT software. CISQ is a Special Interest Group of the Object Management Group (OMG) established as an industry-led initiative to improve software risk management and software acquisition practices by measuring the structural soundness of business-critical IT software. This announcement comes ahead of a more business-focused announcement due from CISQ in December of this year.   The 24 founding members of CISQ included OMG, the Software Engineering Institute (SEI),large system integrators, IT organizations within Fortune 200 companies, and vendors providing software quality technology and services. The CISQ measurement standards released today were developed through the collaborative effort of measurement experts from CISQ member companies.   CISQ was launched in meetings with IT executives from Global … Continue reading

Carnegie Mellon SEI and OMG Announce the Launch of CISQ – The Consortium for IT Software Quality

Pittsburgh, PA, and Needham, MA, USA – August 17, 2009 – The Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and the Object Management Group™ (OMG™) today announced a partnership to sponsor the Consortium of IT Software Quality (CISQ), an industry-led initiative to address the measurement of critical IT application quality attributes.   “SEI provides a neutral environment for IT executives to address quality challenges as an industry and develop the standards and infrastructure necessary to address them,” said Paul D. Nielsen, director and CEO of the SEI. “OMG’s success in standards development and SEI’s experience in software architecture, quality attributes, process improvement, and network security make this a very strong partnership with global reach.”   “For several years IT executives have complained that there are no industry standards for measuring the quality of business application software,” said Richard Mark Soley, Ph.D., chairman and CEO of OMG. “CISQ will enable us to benchmark the effectiveness of internal development, evaluate the quality of applications acquired from external sources, and predict the quality and cost … Continue reading