Certifications: AUSY Gets Stronger
A STRATEGIC INVESTMENT
The market remains complicated, and standards are a pledge for future investment and respect for our commitments to many of our clients.
Since the enrichment of our range of recognized expertise has been labelled by certification organisations, the Group is able to expand its scope of operations. This is in terms of technique, occupations and geography. It can also support its growth in France and internationally while succeeding in new markets and new territories, as was the aim of the Group strategy. This, of course, does not neglect individual expertise brought by each AUSY consultant.
A VALUE-CREATING STRATEGY
If some certifications seem to be shared by many actors across all markets (as is the case with ISO 9001, the most common standard), others are rarer (such as the CMMI3 and ISO 27001). The combination of these certifications has placed AUSY in a unique position.
The focal point for all of these remains investment. Indeed, financial implications resulting from getting such a certification are not neutral. Whether for accreditation training, adapting practices, enforcement and control efforts, internal and external audit days (AFNOR Certification is the main certifier for the Group), the cost is substantial. Upgrading work system standards and direct investment on new equipment are also necessary.
But the ends justify the means. Security and Innovation represent a major development focus in addition to being a strategic issue. For organisations researching innovation, no partner will want to work with businesses which have not done everything to secure their data and assets.
For a provider like AUSY, its offer of Information Security consulting activities becomes even more credible.
AUSY will not stop there. The Group will continue its plans of becoming a vital player in complex and standardized environments, in both service offer contexts and in added value projects which require mastery of subjects concerned and pilot methods.
Nevertheless, it is not just about collecting medals and awards. Gaining certifications helps with saving time due to being able to understand different thinking and operating styles. This can accelerate gaining access to new environments.
For example, the EN9100 certification, vital for the Aeronautic, Space and Defence Sector (Sèvres, Toulouse and Hamburg are EN-certified), could be viewed as a stepping stone for facilitating our progress in the Automobile Sector. ISO/TS 16949, related to EN9100, is constructed on the same fundamental principles, such as risk management and contractor management. The same applies for the IRIS accreditation in the Railway industry.
CMMI can also enable being added to new markets supported by similar accreditations. The standard ISO/IEC 15504, better known as SPICE (Software Process Improvement and Capability Determination), features structures and evaluation principles by process and maturity level.
Our horizon expands as our expertise does. ATR (AUSY Technology Romania), our Romanian branch, will be certified ISO 9001 during the first trimester of 2017 and probably ISO 27001 during the year. This is also the case for Belux, with plans for ISO 9001 at the end of 2017 to the beginning of 2018.
ISO 27001: Internal and external issues
The digital transformation has turned the rules upside down and has demanded thorough adaptation by businesses, both ours and those with which we work.
In every case, data are at the heart of the challenges. Putting all information on the Internet cannot go together with total security for information systems. In this case, standards serve as a safeguard between too much security and too much information.
Balancing internal direction and investments by basing them on ratings and certifications can prove to create a mature approach. This can reassure various interested parties.
CMMI Renewal: Maturity Levels
In September 2016, AUSY renewed its CMMI3 certification for the second time. CMMI is focused on software and systems development, and it is a trade accreditation based on types of processes. Its evaluations are made according to maturity levels.
Maturity Level 3 confirms that we have operative provisions predefined by type of project. This simultaneously concerns project management processes and engineering and support processes (configuration, measures, quality assurance), all permitting rapid initialisation of adapted practices. Level 2 focuses on project management and support processes. It fundamentally concerns all results-oriented activities across all technology fields with which we are involved.
Maturity turns out to be the touchstone for the confidence that comes from getting such an accreditation, particularly when sustained in the long run. AUSY, through EDC Paris and Toulouse, has had Maturity Level 3 since 2009.