Siemens India Endorses IEEE Computer Society Certifications

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 16 March, 2009 - The Siemens Group in India has endorsed the IEEE Computer Society’s Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) and Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) certifications and is using the two credentials to raise software development standards within the company. Siemens hosted train-the-trainer sessions in Bangalore in November 2008 for the CSDA and in February 2009 for the CSDP programs. Siemens, with a total of 15 senior engineers, Infosys with five corporation trainers, and other university professors participated in these training sessions.

“We selected the CSDA and CSDP as the benchmark for software certifications at Siemens as they will help raise the level of competence in our organization”, said Raghu Nambiar, PhD, general manager, Siemens Information Systems Ltd., Software Practices, Technology Competences. “Our certified trainers are now able to administer both the CSDA and CSDP internally.”

The CSDA, for entry-level software developers, was rolled out worldwide in September 2008. It is intended to provide graduating computer science and software engineering students their first credential towards a solid career foundation as a software development practitioner. The CSDP certification is targeted towards mid-career software professionals.

The CSDA and the CSDP are the first two certifications that conform to the newly-released ISO/IEC 24773 standard, which stipulates methods of certifying software engineering professionals worldwide. The basis of both certifications is the Computer Society’s Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK). For more information on the Computer Society’s certifications go to http://www.computer.org/getcertified

As part of the IEEE’s India Initiative, the IEEE Computer Society is now extending its benefits to Indian technical institutions, especially the faculty and students of computer science, software engineering, IT and software applications. VIT University, Vellore recently became the first Indian university to sign an agreement to offer the CSDA certification to its students and entry-level software engineers. The US-based Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, a top-ranked engineering school, has also endorsed the CSDA.

About Siemens India

Siemens India, which comprises 22 legal entities, is a leading provider of industry and infrastructure solutions with a business volume aggregating about $USD 2.3 billion (Rs 11,800 crore). It operates in the core business areas of Industry, Energy and Healthcare. Siemens has a nationwide sales and service network, 18 manufacturing plants, a network of around 500 channel partners and employs about 17,000 people.

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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