More than 270 software professionals from the Asia-Pacific region participated in a conference on industry standards, organised by the National Association of Software Service Companies (Nasscom) in association with the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) from August 17 to 19. Nasscom also conducted its Quality Summit on the last day of the conference.

The two sessions of day-long tutorials was a “big hit “ among participants, said Nasscom president Som Mittal.

The conference focused on the application of the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) in the IT industry. In particular, it provided a platform for industry professionals to discuss the 1.3 version of the CMMI model and a model that is specifically being designed for the software services segment of the industry.

R. Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Nasscom Quality Council, said IT service companies are now focusing on the “quality of delivery because delivery processes are becoming more complex.”

Companies also realise that they need to collaborate and coordinate with other organisations much more than in the past, he remarked.

Som Mittal said, “Although standards are still evolving, a lot of it will come from India.”

Paul Nielsen, Chief executive Officer, SEI, said standards, “which reflect best practices in the industry, also need to keep pace with changes in the business environment, scale and the nature of the work process.” The growing complexity of software requires the induction of other disciplines in the CMMI model, he added.


The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) has been organising ‘Information Security Education and Awareness' (ISEA) programmes in Bangalore. Under this programme, CDAC will hold a series of workshops for schools, government offices and individuals.

Trainers from CDAC will enlighten them on phishing, identity theft, mobile security and a range of tools available for security. CDAC is working closely with organisations such as NASSCOM) and Tata Consultancy Services to generate content.

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In a bid to empower the education sector, NEC India, a enterprise display solutions firm, launched its first 3D-enabled, DLP-based multifunction projector — NP216G — at a series of roadshows in Bangalore.

This portable, lightweight projector allows users to experience high-quality 3D visuals with the help of Brilliant Color technology. The average lamp life is extended up to 5000 hours with the use of its ECO Mode technology and power consumption lowered to 210W (0.7W in standby mode).

Power management allows the projector to turn off automatically when an incoming signal is not detected on any of the inputs, and its quick start (3-4 seconds) and shutdown technology allows immediate use and power-off functionality without the need for a cooling period.