05-16-13

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Consortium for IT Software Quality Reaches 500 Member Milestone

Needham, MA- 05-16-2013-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 far including the adoption of the Automated Function Point (AFP) specification by OMG. 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 before been a standard that ensures they are all counting the same way. AFP is available for free download at www.omg.org/spec/AFP/

CISQ has also been very active in spreading the message of software quality importance by hosting webinars and speaking at conferences. Its next event will be a Tweetup with Director, Dr. Bill Curtis, on Tuesday, June 25th at 11am EST. To see what other events CISQ will be hosting or attending, visit www.it-cisq.org/cisq-events/


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