Critical Software Maintains Elite Status with Highest Level of Quality Certification

Critical Software confirms its status as one of the best recognized in the world for the quality of its processes, as it achieves renewal of its CMMI Level 5 certification. This certification was also extended, for the first time, to its subsidiary in Brazil.

Coimbra, Portugal, February 09, 2013 --( Critical Software, a company specializing in reliable solutions, services and technologies for critical information systems, has been recognized as a CMMI Level 5 organization, the highest level of maturity according to the quality model Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI®). For the Portuguese company this is a recertification of its offices in Oporto, Coimbra and Lisbon, but a first for its subsidiary in São Paulo, Brazil.

Globally, only about 5% of the organizations audited against this model achieve maturity level 5, and there are less than twenty in Europe. Critical was the first company in Portugal to achieve this distinction, in 2009.

"This achievement validates the strategic commitment that Critical has been making in quality, since its very beginning, as well as the company’s investment in the pursuit of excellence and continuous improvement. It underlines our success in gaining worldwide respect for our Portuguese-based group of companies," said Marco Costa, CEO of Critical Software.

Délio Almeida, Head of Quality, added "This certification recognizes the dedication and commitment of the many engineers in our team. Our ability to respond to our clients' problems is increasingly mature and today we have better techniques, tools and methods with which to do so.”

About CMMI
CMMI® is the reference model for continuous improvement of products, processes and systems developed by the Software Engineering Institute (now designated as the CMMI Institute) from Carnegie Mellon University. It is recognized as the most demanding and prestigious reference model worldwide in the area of software engineering, being adopted by organizations around the world, both in the military as in civil sectors. It is also financed by the U.S. Department of Defense (U.S. DoD) to be employed in response to the growing challenge of developing programs and systems in response to complex, critical and large-scale problems. Today CMMI model is a tool of excellence that ensures better products and services to customers, whether at business or government agencies.

About Critical Software
Critical Software is an international company that provides dependable solutions, services, and software technologies for reliable business critical information systems and/or mission agencies and business leaders in their markets. Its solutions help companies to control their costs and improve their performance by providing real-time feedback needed to quickly identify and resolve problems that inhibit the process, product and service improvements. Founded in Portugal in 1998, Critical Software currently has offices in Coimbra, Lisbon and Oporto, and subsidiaries in the UK (with offices in Southampton and Yeovil), the USA (Chicago), Brazil (São Paulo), Mozambique (Maputo), Angola (Luanda) and Singapore. The company operates a quality management system certified to CMMI® Level5, ISO 9001:2008 Tick-IT, EN 9100, AQAP 2110 and 2210 (NATO), and also implements ISO 12207 standards and ISO 15504 (SPICE).
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