On April 21, 2015 it will be held in Cali (Colombia) the 2nd International Congress on Software Development Processes and Methodologies - PROMEDESOFT, whose main theme will be the "Evaluation and Certification of Software Quality Using ISO Standards". The congress is aimed at software development companies, companies in different sectors with an IT department and companies that acquire IT solutions.

The evaluation and certification of software product quality conforming to ISO/IEC 25000 will be one of the main topics that will be featured in the conference.


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Certification, that is, the assessment by an independent entity accredited to carry out audits, is an area that has not been contemplated by the ISO/IEC 25000 series of standards until now. Nevertheless, software product certification is of great interest to developers and/or purchasers of software products, since it allows for identifying the quality of a software product in a quick and standardized way. For that reason, in recent years AENOR (Spanish Association for Standardisation and Certification) and the software product quality evaluation laboratory AQC Lab have been working on a certification scheme based on the ISO/IEC 25000 series of standards, which has already yielded results with the evaluation of the maintainability and the functional suitability of several products.

In order to support this process of evaluation, improvement and certification of the software product, a Software Product Quality Evaluation and Certification Ecosystem is being built, which identifies all the entities involved in the process for obtaining a software product quality certificate. The Ecosystem consists of the following entities:

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The Functional Suitability of the software product BitRRHH 1.0, developed by the Spanish company Bitware, has been audited with positive results in an ISO/IEC 25000 Conformity Assessment performed by AENOR. This certification took an evaluation report provided by the accredited laboratory AQCLab as a basis. In this evaluation, BitRRHH 1.0 obtained a quality value of 5 (out of 5) for Functional Suitability.

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The online news magazine of ERCIM (European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics), ERCIM News, has Software Quality as the special theme for its issue 99, corresponing to October of 2014. Several of the articles featured in it refer to ISO/IEC 25000 as the model for software product quality evaluation.

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