TickITplus aims to improve the quality of software for business and industry internationally

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There has been a growing movement by IT governance and compliance experts to push organizations around the globe to upgrade to the new, accredited TickITplus IT certification scheme or risk losing valuable business. TickITplus aims to improve the quality of software for business and industry internationally, covering sectors as diverse as finance, construction and transportation. The goal is to help software suppliers, including in-house developers and IT service and system providers, define and implement a quality system that covers all the essential business processes in the product lifecycle, within the framework of the quality management systems standard ISO9001.

Peter Lawrence, director of global quality excellence at CSC and chair of BSI’s Joint TickITplus Industry Steering Committee (JTISC), says: “Building on the established TickIT scheme, TickITplus is now the recognized software and IT quality assurance benchmark for UK businesses. Any company without TickITplus s risks being overlooked for valuable contracts by potential customers, who will seek the assurances of quality control TickITplus certification provides.”

Lawrence continues: “Launched in 1990, the original TickIT no longer meets the rapidly evolving requirements of 21st-century IT. Technology and working practices have changed. TickITplus, however, represents a solid long-term investment because, unlike TickIT, the new scheme is flexible enough to evolve at the same pace as business, industrial, IT and software communities across the globe.”

“Furthermore,” says Lawrence, “TickITplus provides better criteria for customers selecting a supplier than TickIT, by assessing each supplier’s unique capabilities. This assessment therefore presents a perfect opportunity for suppliers to outperform their competitors and become the supplier of choice.”

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