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2014 NEWS
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Dec.
2014
"H2020 Information Day" - 25 December, 2014 at ITIDA Premises B121, Smart Village
 
SECC organized on December 25, the Horizon 2020 Information Day was to discuss the funding opportunities for the Egyptian ICT community including enterprises, universities and research institutes.

Horizon 2020 is the new EU framework program for research and innovation. It is considered to be the largest EU research and innovation program ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). At the heart of the H2020 is the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) component with a considerable funding portion of the overall framework budget.
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Nov.
2014
SECC Appraises ITWorx of UAE to Achieve CMMI-DEV ML3
 
SECC's Lead Appraiser, Ms. Marian Tadros, successfully appraised ITWorx EDU of the United Arab Emirates to achieve CMMI for Development - Maturity Level 3.

Ms. Marian has 17+ years experience in software industry. She has 10 years experience in software quality management, 5 years in leadership position and 4 years in software quality consulting. Marian has the authorization to lead SCAMPI A, B & C appraisals for any organization.

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Nov.
2014
Twenty Professionals become COBIT5 Foundation Level Certified
 
20 professionals from SECC, industry and academia successfully passed the certification exam on 6 Nov. 2014 to become COBIT 5 Foundation Level Certified. The professionals attended a 3-day training at SECC premises delivered by the Singaporean company that won the tender issued by SECC last April.

SECC solicited offers to build its capacity for adopting the COBIT 5 framework. This solicitation targeted training and certifying some SECC staff as well as professionals of the IT industry in Egypt at large.

COBIT 5 is the latest edition of ISACA's globally accepted COBIT framework. It provides an end-to-end business view of the governance of enterprise IT, reflecting the central role of information and technology in creating value for enterprises of all sizes. The principles, practices, analytical tools, and models found in COBIT 5 embody thought, leadership, and guidance from business, IT, and governance experts around the world. Whatever the organization's size is, commercial, not for profit, or in the public sector, it can still benefit from COBIT 5.

Nov.
2014
SECC plans to sponsor the promotion and sustenance of TOGAF 9.1 in Egypt
 
SECC solicits offers to build its capacity for adopting the TOGAF 9.1 framework. This solicitation targets training and certifying some SECC staff, as well as members of the IT industry in Egypt at large in the aforementioned technology.

Well accepted standards for Enterprise Architecture methodology are not utilized in many Egyptian enterprises and are still away from its full potential in Egypt and the region. Derived from its responsibility towards the IT industry, SECC targets helping enterprises to achieve strategic objectives and desired commercial returns, SECC believes that TOGAF 9.1 framework is the right venue for this purpose.

TOGAF®, an Open Group Standard, is a proven enterprise architecture methodology and framework used by the world's leading organizations to improve business efficiency. It is the most prominent and reliable enterprise architecture standard, ensuring consistent standards, methods, and communication among enterprise architecture professionals. Enterprise architecture professionals fluent in TOGAF enjoy greater industry credibility, job effectiveness, and career opportunities. TOGAF helps practitioners avoid being locked into proprietary methods, utilize resources more efficiently and effectively, and realize a greater return on investment.

Nov.
2014
1,000 CTFL Software Testers Certified by ESTB
 
The Software Engineering Competence Center as the legal entity of the ESTB and sole Examination Institute/Certification Body for the ISTQB® certificates in Egypt, is pleased to announce that it has certified 1,000 software testers in ISTQB® CTFL. This marks an important milestone in the industry-wide since the certification launching in June 2009.

The Foundation Level qualification is aimed at professionals who need to demonstrate practical knowledge of the fundamental concepts of software testing. This includes people in roles such as test designers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers and IT Professionals. It is also appropriate for anyone who needs a basic understanding of software testing, such as project managers, quality managers, software development managers, business analysts, IT directors and management consultants.

Software testing is becoming more critical as the proportion of the economic activity that is dependent on software (and often very complex software) continues to grow. It is nowadays a booming profession that offers a rewarding and structured career path with clearly defined roles and qualifications.

At this is momentous occasion, SECC is pleased with the results to date, and will continue to strive to improve the profession of software testing in Egypt.

Nov.
2014
The 1st Exam of the ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level-Agile Tester in Egypt (CTFL-FA)
 
For the first time in Egypt SECC is launching the first ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level-Agile Tester CTFL-FA exam, the exam will be held on 26 November 2014

An Agile Tester can collaborate in a cross-functional Agile team being familiar with principles and basic practices of Agile software development, adapt existing testing experience and knowledge to Agile values and principles, support the Agile team in planning test-related activities, apply relevant methods and techniques for testing in an Agile project, assist the Agile team in test automation activities, assist business stakeholders in defining understandable and testable user stories, scenarios, requirements and acceptance criteria as appropriate, work and share information with other team members using effective communication styles and channels. In general, a Certified Tester Foundation Level - Agile Tester is expected to have acquired the necessary skills to working effectively within an Agile team and environment.

To register in the upcoming exam click here and for more details about the certificate, sample exams and syllabi visit the ESTB website.

Oct.
2014
1st Africa And Middle East Conference on Software Engineering- AMECSE 2014
 
AMECSE 2014 is the first conference in Africa and Middle East Regions that focus on software engineering, the conference was organized under the auspices of H.E. Atef Helmy The Minister of Communications and Information Technology on 21 and 22 October, 2014 at the Smart Village's Convention Center.

The event was attended by a large number of ICT stakeholders, industry professionals and academia. The two-day conference provided an exciting program of more than 9 world-class keynote speakers from leading organizations and startups. more...

Sept.
2014
GOLD Sponsorship to the ACM Egyptian Collegiate Programming Contest - ECPC2014
 
ITIDA-SECC is sponsoring this year the Association Computing Machinery - Egyptian Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ECPC 2014), held on 5-6 October 2014 and organized by Alexandria ACM Student Chapter, which is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, since 2007.

This contest provides over 150 college students from private and public Egyptian Universities the opportunity to demonstrate and sharpen their problem solving and computing skills. The contest requires each team to solve a set of programming problems using a single computer and teams are ranked based on the number of problems they manage to solve. Therefore, teams need to abide by a good plan in order to stimulate their teamwork and time management concepts.

ECPC contest is a tier of the Arab Collegiate Programming Contest (ACPC), through which winning teams qualify to the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) World Finals. Winners of the ECPC qualify to the ACPC and winners of the ACPC qualify to the ICPC.

Alexandria ACM Student chapter is established to primarily serve the wide scope of ACM, which is advancing computing as a science and profession through organizing academic seminars, training courses, and technical workshops. The chapter has been awarded the 2014 ACM Excellence Award, for the Best Student Chapter Website.

By sponsoring the ACM-ECPC 2014, SECC encourages students to improve their problem solving skills and finds it an opportunity to prepare more qualified graduates for the industry post-graduate programs.


Sept.
2014
SECC plans to sponsor the promotion and sustenance of COBIT practices in Egypt
 
SECC solicited offers to build its capacity for adopting the COBIT 5 framework. This solicitation targets training and certifying some SECC staff as well as professionals of the IT industry in Egypt at large.

A Singaporean country was awarded the tender and it is currently being contracted by SECC.

Systematic IT governance is not well utilized in many Egyptian enterprises and is still away from its full potential in Egypt and the region. Derived from its responsibility towards the IT industry, SECC targets helping enterprises create optimal value from IT by maintaining a balance between realizing benefits and optimizing risk levels and resource use. SECC believes that COBIT 5 framework is the right venue for this purpose.

COBIT 5 is the latest edition of ISACA's globally accepted COBIT framework. It provides an end-to-end business view of the governance of enterprise IT, reflecting the central role of information and technology in creating value for enterprises of all sizes.


Sept.
2014
SECC Trains 20 IT Professionals in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Introduction to CMMI Training
 
SECC trains 20 professionals on Introduction to CMMI for Development from ELM company, as part of the agreement with SECC's strategic partner, ARCOM company in KSA.

It is worth noting that Elm Information Security "Elm" is a national company owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF). It works to build the largest national system for secure e-business services. It has already produced more than 10 unique services in the e-Government field.

July
2014
"Real Estate Smart Link" team wins the First Semantic-Web Hachathon
 
July 3, 2014 witnessed the closure ceremony of the First Semantic-Web Hachathon that was announced by SECC on February 26, 2014. The "Real Estate Smart Link" team successfully passed all stages of the Hackathon: Use Case Ideas and Use Case Implementation stages and won the Hackathon.

During the event the team presented on their developed system using SALE, explaining the problems and the benefits of using both Semantic Web and SALE platform. The team received its award by Dr. Haitham Hamza, SECC R&D Department Manager. The team was also awarded free seats in the Introduction to Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Introduction to Semantic-Web Information Management training courses; SALE platform's full source code; and the opportunity to participate in The TIEC Entrepreneurship Accelerator (TEA) Program.

It is worth mentioning that the main target of the SALE platform is to handle the end-to-end delivery of advertisements. SALE introduces an easy to use platform to customize and build context aware mobile advertising applications.

Visit SALE website and join SALE Facebook Page to know all SALE information

June
2014
"FOSS Strategy Road mapping Event" - 26 June, 2014 at ITIDA Premises B121, Smart Village
 

As a part of the implementation plan of "FOSS Strategy Road mapping" , SECC organized on June 26 the first event of a series of events with the aim to engage the industry, government, customer and society in the planning and execution of the strategy.

A number of distinguished FOSS Professional speakers contributed to the event through a variety of topics on FOSS in the Egyptian Government, FOSS success stories from the customer perspective as well as from the Industry perspective and Egyptian FOSS groups. A panel discussion was formed to discuss FOSS Strategy Roadmap seeking the input of decision makers in the ICT industry, government and society to shape the initiatives and programs constituting the strategy implementation plan.

Around sixty five IT professionals from fifty companies ranging from small and medium to large companies, attended the event and gave positive feedback on topics addressed.
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May
2014
MCIT nominates SECC R & D Department to be the National Contact Point (NCP) for EU- ICT funded projects in Egypt
  The main target of SECC R & D department as Egypt's NCP is to ensure that the new program of Horizon 2020 becomes known and readily accessible to all potential applicants, irrespective of sector or discipline.
The roles of the NCP are:

- Spreading awareness about H2020
- Guidance on choosing relevant H2020 topics and types of action
- Advice on administrative procedures and contractual issues
- Training and assistance on proposal writing
- Distribution of documentation (forms, guidelines, manuals etc.)
- Assistance in partner search

The main target of SECC R & D department as Egypt's NCP is to ensure that the new programme becomes known and readily accessible to all potential applicants, irrespective of sector or discipline.
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Apr.
2014
INAR Tablet supplied to students of public universities
 

9708 INAR Tablets have been finally supplied to the students of public Universities. The tablets were distributed to the top students in all faculties at each university. 2% of the total number of devices was allocated to students with special needs in each University.

As part of encouraging the development of local manufacturing industry, ITIDA initiated a project for manufacturing Egyptian tablets in Egypt. In April 2012, ITIDA signed a cooperation protocol with the Supreme Council of Universities that encompassed -in its initial phase- launching a pilot project to provide students of Egyptian public universities with 10,000 low cost, high quality tablets.

The project objectives include increasing the efficiency of the educational process in Egypt through promoting e-learning and enhancing interaction and networking between members of the educational community. The company Banha for Electronic Industries has been awarding for implementation of the project. SECC was responsible for managing the project through a steering committee made up of members of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), SECC and the Supreme Council of Universities. SECC in collaboration with the Ministry and the Council tested the tablets to make sure the quality and the conformity with the technical specifications required.

About INAR:The features of the new device are: a screen 9.7 inches (720* 1024 pixels), 0.4 Android, processor 1.6GH, memory 1 RAM, cache memory 8 GB, external memory card up to 32 GB, guarantee 1 year, 4 hours, 16 hours stand by. 2 front cameras, 1 back camera with capacity of 2 mega pixels, WI-FI, G3, 750 g.)
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