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Monday, February 6, 2012

What are different aspects of Software Engineering Institute (SEI)?

- Software engineering institute is often abbreviated and called as SEI.
- The full name of the institute is “The Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute”.
- SEI was established in the year of 1984 and has served the nation since than.
- The institute is funded by the federal government.
- SEI is a part of Carnegie Mellon University.
- The institute also serves as source of information and technologies for other organization apart from inspiring them.
- Apart from US, SEI has branches in Virginia and Germany.
- This engineering institute works in collaboration with the government organizations and defense to make effective software driven systems and improve the existing ones.
- The institute helps organizations as such to improve their software engineering standards within their project budget.
- SEI is involved with the research work for exploring effective solutions for the problems that are experienced in software engineering.
- Another purpose is the identification and coding of the solutions that are discovered.
- It struggles to a build a world of effective software intense systems and technologies.

- SEI aims to continually improve the existing software engineering disciplines and technologies.
- It aims to achieve effective softwares within budget and of course time.
- SEI achieves all this by creating a vast community of software engineers and other professionals in the field.
- It is done with their help creating practical technologies that are feasible enough to be implemented to solve the real world problems.
- SEI seeks to improve the good effects of the software on the world.
- SEI considers excellence, impact and integrity as its guiding values.
- SEI conducts various programs in the field of:

System design
System security
Software development
Process management

SEI has some defined initiatives which are meant for improving the engineering capabilities of the software engineering society:

1. Engineering practices:
- These practices or programs are to continually improve the software engineering capabilities for predicting, controlling and analyzing all the properties of a software system.
- Tools like SEI frame work SPLP (software product line practice), SEI SMART (service migration and reuse technique) and SEI ATAM (architecture tradeoff analysis method) are used.

2. Acquisition practices:
- These practices aim to improve the acquisition practices of the organizations.

3. Management practices:
- On top of all management practices are to manage all other practices effectively.
- It is needed to manage the development process of the software systems to achieve success.
- SEI has its own capability maturity model integration (CMMI) approach which is comprised of training courses, models and appraisal methods.
- The CMMI has improved the organization’s performance incredibly.
- Another management model that the institute uses is RMM or resiliency management model.

4. SQUARE or security quality requirements engineering:
- This method has been developed to generate security requirements in order of some priority.
- Using SQUARE method security is incorporated in to the software system at early stages.
- It is particularly used for systems based on information technology.

5. Security:
- SEI is also the origination of the CERT coordination center which is well known for its computer security programs.
- The main aim of the CERT is to resist the attacks on the computer networks by means of effective measures like appropriate system management practices.
- It is implemented to curb the damage and ensure that the service link is not damaged.

6. Conferences:
- The institute organizes workshops, meetings and conferences from time to time. - Such events are to cover topics like COTS based systems (commercial off the shelf), acquisition practices, research on software processes, CMMI, network security and so on.

7. Membership program:
- This program seeks to help other organizations to join the network.

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