January, 2009 Newsletter Articles

Reduce Audit Days

Jan 21, 2009 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Did you know your organization may qualify for a reduction of up to 30% in the auditor days paid for third-party audits? To be eligible for the Advanced Surveillance and Recertification Procedures (ASRP), you have to demonstrate that your quality or environmental management system is effective over a period of time. Under this ASRP program, the certification body can place greater reliance on your internal audit and management review processes, as well as, targeted surveillance topics, to evaluate the conformity of your management...

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Cloud Computing

Jan 21, 2009 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Have you heard of “Cloud Computing? The technology firm Gartner has it in second place on their top ten technologies that will dominate for the next three years. And, a search for the term on Google will yield millions of references. Cloud computing is defined on Wikipedia as an Internet-based (Cloud) development and use of computer technology (Computing). As we can see, Cloud is a metaphor for the Internet, based on how it is depicted in computer network diagrams. Cloud computing is a style of computing in which IT-related...

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Business Continuity

Jan 21, 2009 in Newsletter | 0 comments

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IAA) has published its latest Global Technology Audit Guide, which provides guidance on business continuity. According to the guide, the goal of business continuity management (BCM) “is to enable an organization to restore critical business processes after a disaster has been declared.” The guide focuses on how BCM is designed to enable business leaders to manage the level of risk the organization could encounter in the case of a natural or man-made disruptive event that affects the extended...

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TickIT to TickITplus

Jan 21, 2009 in Newsletter | 0 comments

TickIT is a quality-management certification program for software, supported primarily by the United Kingdom and Swedish software industries. However, ISO 9001 certificates under TickIT have been issued in more than 50 countries, including the European Union, USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. The TickIT name is derived from the “Tick” or check mark, along with IT for Information Technology. TickIT was introduced in the early 1990’s as a sector scheme under ISO 9001 to...

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Software Quality Costs

Jan 21, 2009 in Newsletter | 0 comments

In decades past, the focus of quality was merely finding problems at the end of an assembly line and removing the defects before shipping to the consumer. If the product didn’t meet specs, it was either reworked or scrapped; both expensive options. This approach is prone to human error and rarely finds all defects. And, this quality control approach only identified the defects found through random sampling, but actually did nothing to determine the root cause of the problem for resolution. If preventive quality measures and rework are...

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