SIG (Software Improvement Group) Press release
Port of Rotterdam’s Software System Rewarded with Five-star Rating
WINDSOR, OCTOBER 21, 2011 – The Port of Rotterdam’s port management software system has been awarded a five-star software product certificate by SIG (the Software Improvement Group) and the German certification institute TÜV Informationstechnik GmbH (TÜViT). The Port of Rotterdam (www.portofrotterdam.com) is only the second organization ever to have achieved the full five star accreditation.
The software manages the port’s shipping: without it, there is no visibility of any ship in the port and what’s in it (what’s moving, the presence of dangerous goods, etc). It is essential that this software works properly. Without it, all port operations would have to halt.
The port is a 24/7 operation with 1,200 employees and fulfills a vital commercial function as well as ensuring the safety of people, vessels and cargos using it. Its own turnover is approximately € 500 million, and 430 million tonnes of goods are shipped through it on around 34,000 ocean-going vessels and 100,000 inland vessels each year.
The General Manager of TÜViT, Antonius Sommer presented the certificate to Herman Hanekamp, ICT Programme Manager, Harbour Master Informationservices at Port of Rotterdam.
The five star accreditation offers independently audited reassurance to The Port Authority of high-quality construction of the newly delivered information system, and ensures that it will be easy to maintain and adapt. The underlying software has been systematically reviewed for coding errors reducing the likelihood of malfunction and user problems, and thorough documentation is available for making any future changes to the software easier and the consequences of any changes more predictable.
About the benchmark
The SIG/TÜViT quality model benchmarks software against hundreds of software products. A five-star rating places the system among the top 5% of these software products.
About the certificate
The certificate was developed by SIG in collaboration with TÜViT and is specifically geared towards demonstrating the technical quality of software systems in line with ISO 9126 and a number of evaluation criteria derived from this. Software of a high degree of technical quality leads to: reduction in costs of ownership, reduction of management risks and primarily keeping software systems easily adaptable, enabling new user needs to be met. In addition, the certificate offers a clear benchmark for establishing clear agreements between clients and suppliers in the IT industry.
Software product certificates issued to date can be viewed and downloaded at: www.tuvit.de/english/69055.asp
NOTES TO EDITORS
About TÜViT –
TÜV Informationstechnik GmbH (TÜViT) is a member of the TÜV NORD Group and global player in the area of information and communication technology. As a provider of trust for quality and security, TÜViT focuses on assessing, testing and certifying any kind of IT products, IT systems and IT processes as well as the IT management that has to be com-pliant to specific requirements.
SIG advises clients on Software Quality, Software Risk and Software Economics. It provides management with a fact-based insight into their current IT situation, along with pragmatic and actionable recommendations on how to improve that situation. SIG knows how to govern software projects effectively, when and how to invest in quality improvement, how to rationalize and how to control cost. The company performs both in-depth technical analysis and management level financial analysis and consolidates the two. SIG’s research department advances the state of the art in software research.
SIG’s clients are located throughout Europe, and use the company’s services to manage their systems, whether old or new, developed in house or off-shored. SIG boasts an in-house ISO 17025 certified laboratory to perform software analyses, and in association with TÜV (Germany) we certify the quality of software systems. SIG is changing the enterprise software industry by ensuring that quality and risk assessment are part of the procurement process.