Issue # 9, March 2017

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First Time Offerings

Upcoming Calendar


Industry News


Knowledge Transfer



CMMI® Appraised Companies Continue to Boom

During the last quarter, SECC lead appraisers appraised three Egyptian organizations: "700apps", "IT-Fusion" and “Commercial International Bank (CIB)”.

This is in addition to one Chinese company "Xiamen GNSS Development & Application Co., Ltd." to raise the number of appraised CMMI® companies by SECC to 71.

SECC Provides Technical Support as Part of the National Competence Framework (NCF) Initiative

In March: SECC cooperated with the National Competence Framework (NCF) Initiative team through providing technical support in the adoption of the NCF within the ICT Industry. SECC role covers the onsite/offsite consultation for adoption to the companies, along with assessing the adoption status.

The NCF, is jointly developed by the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) and the International Finance Cooperation (IFC).  It was announced as an initiative with the objective of developing a sustainable approach to enhance the employability of Egyptian ICT talent pool and upgrade the quality of training, education through establishing industry-led skills and competencies framework for adoption by the ICT companies as well as the training and selected public and private educational institutes.


SECC launches SPI for SMEs 2017 Program

In March: SECC launched the 13th round of Software Process Improvement (SPI) for Small and Medium Enterprises Program. The program aims at helping Egyptian IT companies to achieve maturity and business success through improving software development and service delivery processes at low cost, with minimal risk and highest flexibility. The program is supported by the SPIG which is an adaptable model of excellence in software development and IT service management based on CMMI® maturity level 3.   SPIG has been updated to include innovation management processes. Up to date, more than 160 companies benefited from the program which helped many of them to upgrade to CMMI maturity levels 2 and 3.

VODAFONE and Testpro Renew their ISTQB® Partnership

In February: For the 3rd consecutive year, Vodafone International Services and Testpro have successfully renewed their respectively Platinum and Silver ISTQB® Partnership. The ISTQB® Partner Program recognizes organizations with a demonstrated commitment to software testing certifications. The Program comprises four levels of partnerships (Silver, Gold, Platinum and Global) and the partnership level of an organization is determined through the number of certification points it has accumulated.

If you would like to join, please apply HERE.

First Time Offerings


SECC Adopts the Global Sourcing Standard:

The Egyptian outsourcing market is vast and spilling over with opportunities. The Global Sourcing Standard created by GSA is perfectly positioned to raise an organization's profile.  It is a well-regarded framework regularly scrutinized by industry practitioners. 
SECC introduced the Global Sourcing Standard  course which aims to introduce the key principles of outsourcing practice of the Global Sourcing Standard. The course is practical rather than theoretical, with participants encouraged to consider the relevance of the material to their own roles and to consider how they can make a difference to their own organization sourcing practice. More about topics & course outcome...


 Upcoming Calendar


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Horizon 2020 Information Day Collaboration and Partnering for 2017 Calls

SECC delivered a session organized by t the Chamber of Information Technology (CIT) The main objective of this session was to discuss the funding opportunities and the upcoming calls in 2017 in different research areas related to ICT for the Egyptian ICT community including enterprises, universities and research institutes.


Your Capability Counts to Us

SECC participated at the Fourth 'Digital Nation' Conference with two sessions about the internationally accepted standards and frameworks that are scrutinized by industry practitioners; and how they were able to make differences to their organizations' practices.

The session address the Global Sourcing Standard which is newly adopted by SECC; and ITIL Overview for Executives.  Both are standards that are perfectly positioned to raise an organization's profile and provide it with a cost-effective route to markets that it can trust. 

Industry News


March 2017:

·         CIT Organizes Fourth 'Digital Nation' Conference

·         TIEC Praises Winners of Accelerate your Business Competition

·         MCIT Marks SID 2017 in Port Said

·         Infor Acquires Accentia Middle East

February 2017:

·         ITIDA Holds Closing Ceremony of ‘IbTIECar' Competition, InnovEgypt, ISA Programs

·         Egypt-UAE Cooperation to Develop Smart Learning

·         ITI to Host Maker Hackathon

January 2017:

·         The First Lego League Junior (FLL JR.) Egypt Finals at the Bibliotheca Alexandria 

·          The ITI hosts the Global Game Jam (GGJ)

·         TIEC Launches Egyptinnovate ICT Award



March 2017:

·         Nominations Open for ALECSO Apps Award Third Edition

·         Tenth Arab Robotics Championship Holds in Doha

·         Seventh Global Cyberspace Cooperation Summit Holds in California

February 2017:

·         Eighth Smart Energy Summit Holds in Texas

·         Nasscom India Leadership Forum

·         World Government Summit 2017

January 2017:

·         Egypt Partakes in Arab Health Congress 2017

·         International Conference on Information Technology (ICIT 2017) 2017 Holds in Switzerland



Model Driven Engineering

Model Driven Engineering (MDE) is an approach that represents the software development lifecycle as modeling and model transformation activities. A model is an abstract and partial representation of a real system or process that changes depending on its objective. MDE goes beyond the pure development activities. It encompasses other model-based tasks of the complete software engineering process such as the model-based evolution of the system, the model-driven reverse engineering of a legacy system, and business process modeling. It aims at promoting models to drive the development process not to be just an important artifact in the process. Using MDE moves the focus of the developers from pure coding to analysis so the problem can be solved independent of the technical details of the platform. Thanks to transformations, models can be transformed from one level of abstraction and platform knowledge level to another, inserting new information each step along the way. Read More



Intelligent Apps

Intelligent apps, which include technologies like virtual personal assistants (VPAs), have the potential to transform the workplace by making everyday tasks easier (prioritizing emails) and its users more effective (highlighting important content and interactions). However, intelligent apps are not limited to new digital assistants – every existing software category from security tooling to enterprise applications such as marketing or ERP will be infused with AI enabled capabilities.  Using AI, technology providers will focus on three areas — advanced analytics, AI-powered and increasingly autonomous business processes and AI-powered immersive, conversational and continuous interfaces. (Source: Gartner)




A blockchain is a distributed database in which information—including bitcoins—are listed sequentially in “blocks.” This helps prevent the tampering of data and promises increased trust and less business friction by offering transparent access to the chain. A blockchain promises a model to add trust to untrusted environments and reduce business friction by providing transparent access to the information in the chain.  While there is a great deal of interest the majority of blockchain initiatives are in alpha or beta phases and significant technology challenges exist. (Source: Gartner)


Conversational Systems

Conversational systems can range from simple informal, bidirectional text or voice conversations such as an answer to “What time is it?” to more complex interactions such as collecting oral testimony from crime witnesses to generate a sketch of a suspect.  Conversational systems shift from a model where people adapt to computers to one where the computer “hears” and adapts to a person's desired outcome.  Conversational systems do not use text/voice as the exclusive interface but enable people and machines to use multiple modalities (e.g., sight, sound, tactile, etc.) to communicate across the digital device mesh (e.g., sensors, appliances, IoT systems). (Source: Gartner)


Knowledge Transfer



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