David Norton, Executive Director, CISQ
Name change signifies expansion of focus from enterprise IT to include embedded software, IoT, and cyber-physical systems
CISQ is now the Consortium for Information & Software Quality. The consortium decided to change its name to reflect the growing importance of software in business and critical infrastructure and the increasing role of information in commerce and government. This change coincides with CISQ’s updating of its quality measurement standards to include weaknesses affecting embedded software.
Using the current standards published via OMG as a foundation, CISQ will seek to advance best practice and software quality standards into areas such as cyber-physical systems, AI/ML, and MBSE. DevOps/DevSecOps has been highlighted as an important focus area given its natural synergy with CISQ’s automated quality standards.
The five primary objectives of CISQ are little changed:
- Advise, educate, and be the voice to business and government leaders on the strategic and mission critical importance of information and software quality
- Develop standard measures of quality attributes to be used by IT and the business for evaluating the software quality and risk of multi-tier IT applications
- Propose methods for using quality measures in negotiating and managing the acquisition or maintenance of software
- Develop and promote professional licensing for those providing services to assess the quality of software
- Establish an industry forum for addressing information & software quality issues
Looking forward over the next 12 months, CISQ will continue with the current standards refresh cycle, as well as work on new standards.
CISQ is also in the process of formalising a number of associations with other standards and industry groups with the aim of increasing CISQ’s influence and widening the software quality network.
Finally, CISQ will be announcing a number of new member-focused and member-led activities aimed at practitioners to improve engineering practices related to information and software quality.