A lot of people have their opinions on what would make IT flourish in the country. From academics, individual & company certification all the way towards marketing, there are a lot of varied views going around. There are a lot of problem statements and few solutions floating out there, so let’s document some of them. This is an ongoing series of articles which will focus on a specific area in each post. If you have any idea’s of your own, please feel free to put them up in the comments section.
So far, i’ve been talking about keeping valuable human resources (read software engineers) around by giving them interesting projects to work on. But how do you get interesting projects? Well, for one thing, many of the corporate organizations offering super-cool and high value projects require vendors to be certified at some quality level. Why? It’s actually quite simple.
In the corporate world, nobody cares about how cutting edge you are or how well you say you can deliver. They care that they get what they asked for, when they asked for and it actually does what they want. The entire quality field in software engineering sprung up from this need. Let me repeat this, client’s dont care how cutting edge you are, they care whether you will deliver what they want, when they want.
Certifications are a means to that end. When a company certifies to ISO9001 or assesses at some CMMI level, that tells potential customers that they value their commitments. Even though there are a few organizations that dont deliver despite these tags, quite a few do. The results speak for themselves, which is why corporates with more and more critical projects require their vendors to be certified.
Get your company certified, so you can compete and win the more interseting projects. Get paid more money, work on interesting stuff, deliver on time and within budget with acceptable quality and you get credibility. Ofcourse, if you do it for the right reasons internally, it will also help you streamline your own processes and mature your way of working, allowing you to get rid of excesses, cut down costs and really be profitable. Simple no?
Dont be fooled, certification for the wrong reasons will kill your company, draining you of both time, team morale and valuable productivity. It’s a long process and a very hard one, but the results will definitely put you over the top of your competition.