Computer Society Holds Software Engineering Summit

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 10 February, 2009 -- In recognition of the growing need for resources to support software engineers, the IEEE Computer Society held a leadership summit to ensure that its current offerings provide maximum value to members of the profession.

The 4 February Software Engineering Leadership Summit was convened to develop consensus among the volunteers overseeing the Computer Society’s software engineering efforts and to investigate how work can be better coordinated.

The Computer Society has been actively engaged in supporting the field of software engineering since the industry’s inception nearly four decades ago. Support can be found throughout Computer Society conferences, journals, technical magazines, standards, webinars, and books. The Computer Society produced the Software Engineering 2004 Curriculum, and the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK), which is currently being revised.

In addition, the Society offers two software certifications (http://www.computer.org/getcertified). The Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) program is aimed at mid-career professionals and the Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) certification offers a credential for entry-level software developers.

“Software engineering has been an important part of our agenda for a long time,” said Jim Moore, vice president of professional activities and a longtime contributor to the Computer Society’s software efforts. “There is a distinct profession called software engineer.”

Software represents the fastest-growing area in the computing field. The number of software engineering jobs is expected to increase by 38 percent between 2006 and 2016, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. India and China are both doubling the number of software graduates each year. However, only 10 percent of the Chinese graduates and 25 percent of the Indian graduates are ready to compete.

“The IEEE Computer Society needs to provide products and services that help software engineers – individuals who know how to identify requirements, who can properly categorize project risk, who can accurately estimate,” said 2009 Computer Society President Susan K. (Kathy) Land, a CSDP and noted software process improvement expert. “These skills are critical to providing customers with the correct product, on time, within budget.”

The more than one dozen volunteers attending the summit shared information on their respective areas and pointed out areas for attention and improvement. The goal is to produce an integrated, consistent, and coordinated collection of resources to support software engineering practitioners.

About the Computer Society

With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of the 39 societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology, and is known globally for its computing standards activities.

The Computer Society serves the information and career-development needs of today’s computing researchers and practitioners with technical journals, magazines, conferences, books, conference publications, and online courses. Its Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) program for mid-career professionals and Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) credential for recent college graduates confirm the skill and knowledge of those working in the field. The CS Digital Library (CSDL) is an excellent research tool, containing more than 250,000 articles from 1,600 conference proceedings and 26 CS periodicals going back to 1988.

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