News Letter Article- Weather, software & power of predictions
We at SQC, have had many significant press and media coverage over the past 15 years.
TODAY'S competitive landscape requires organisations to operate more efficiently and plan for the future. Estimates and educated guesses alone will not suffice.
All those topics are still relevant and hold great value in the area we specialize in - Software and Services Quality Improvement & Assurance. We are pleased to share again, few of them with you, over the course of next few months, which you will enjoy reading and enjoy as a take-away for your everyday meetings and knowledge. It is also a great way to reinforce concepts of quality in your organization's staff in everyday meetings!
Weather, software & power of predictions
(Originally published in the Business Line, Oct 4, 2005)
Software is one sector where the power of prediction could influence the speed and success of processes involved, says Mr Krishnan Puthucode, Director and Chief Executive Officer of Software Quality Centre, Bangalore. He is a Lead Assessor authorised by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) of Carnegie Mellon University.
Software business thrives by making a lot of predictions, Mr Krishnan told Business Line here. "For instance, Level 4 and Level 5 of CMM (Capability Maturity Model) certifications only talk about predictions. I'm keen to know how the Met Department goes about forecasting weather. Especially how it makes use of tonnes of historical data, look for evolving patterns and goes on to model unseen trends to anticipate fluctuations."
Organisations need an accurate picture of the future and the ability to reliably measure the impact of economic and marketplace factors. The ability to model and simulate any business process and the factors that impact those processes cannot be overemphasised.
As SEI partner pioneering the CMM certifications in India, SQC's management advisories and concepts set great store by the power to predict. "When you run an IT project with any company, large or small, all you need to have is predictability. And that's what the whole of the industry is striving for - through means of the ISO 9000s and the CMMs of the world. They all talk about security, predictions and estimates that enable the customer to work with you better.
"As a project manager you can be confident about doing a project on time, within budgets and with quality. In this respect, tips from the Met Department or that section of the industry specialising in the business of doing accurate predictions can stand you in good stead," Mr Puthucode said.
He said he always makes it a point in his training sessions to give the example of weather forecasting and the faculty of making predictions.
(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated October 4, 2005