Bulgarian project Authentic Bulgaria grabbed the International ESI Award for Excellence in the Promotion of the Information Society 2009 “For bridging the Digital Gap among SMEs” category. Alexander Babinov, manager of this USAID supported project, received the glass statuette on a special ceremony on Thursday night in Hotel Sheraton in Bilbao. Authentic Bulgaria is a Quality Mark system evaluating small and unique hotels. It aims to distinguish the best places for cultural, eco and village tourism.
What Enabled Transformational Government means? What a Government needs at a strategic level? Balanced Scorecard Approach is the very short answer. The detailed one is - strategic maps for planning and presenting the strategy and creating a system of performance measures for the goals in a number of perspectives. This, according to Ivaylo Gueorguiev, Program Manager of the ESI Center Bulgaria, can ensure a foundation for effective management system of the transformational government at a strategic level.
The Week@ESI is the IT networking forum of 2009; a meeting point for all players involved in improving competitiveness in the Information and Communication Technology sector (ICT) and in promoting the Information Society (IS) in their areas. It is aimed at ESI@net partners, ESICenters, ESI Patrons, local, regional or national governments, IT companies, sectorial associations, technology parks, research centres, universities and any other agents committed to the Information Society in its various branches; citizens, SMEs and particular sector of activities.
The next Introduction to CMMI Version 1.2 Staged and Continuous Representation is scheduled for 17 - 20 February 2009 in Sofia. It is delivered in English by our SEI-authorized instructors. Special feature: the standard 3-day course is extended by one extra day for drills and discussions, facilitated by the instructor.
Bilbao, Spain will host the Week@ESI (2 – 6 of June) - an IT networking forum and a meeting point for all players involved in IT competitiveness around the world. It will provide participants with plenty of opportunities to meet other players, to debate common issues, exchange expertise, find new business chances and perhaps see their efforts rewarded with an award.
The Week@ESI begins (2-3 of June) with the Annual ESI@net Event - the ESI commercial network in charge of promoting and delivering ESI products and services to the world-wide market.
Next course “Introduction to CMMI” ver. 1.2 Staged and Continuous Representation is scheduled for 28-30 November in Sofia. This certificate and registration in SEI database is a must for all members of SCAMPI Class A (official appraisal for CMMI maturity level) team. The course will be delivered by bulgarian instructors, officially authorized by SEI, Carnegie Mellon University.
ESI Center Bulgaria has trained so far 150 top IT specialists presenting 55 companies from Armenia, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania and Bulgaria.
Three years after the start, ESI Center Bulgaria is officially authorized to operate under the name ESI CENTER EASTERN EUROPE. During the meeting with media representatives Elena Schaiedt, director in European Software Institute (Spain), handed a certificate to ESI Center Bulgaria director George Sharkov to verify the Center had successfully completed the know-how transfer and had the capacity to offer services and operate under its new name.
ESI Center Bulgaria has organized the fifth “Introduction to CMMI” course, version 1.2 Staged and Continuous Representation, in Sofia. Twenty participants, presenting 8 companies from Macedonia and Bulgaria, have attended the official Software Engineering Institute (SEI), Carnegie Mellon University course. All trained are leading IT specialists, presenting the core staff of their companies - Nemetschek, Antipodes, Musala, Soft Innovations, Tumbleweed, David Holding and Inet. All of them obtained a certificate, registered in SEI database.
ESI Centers’ Managing Director George Sharkov was invited to deliver a two-hour workshop on Software Process Improvement – a Roadmap to Maturity in Rijeka, Croatia. More than 20 people took the challenge and attended the workshop the early Friday afternoon in the City hall building. They were presenting 5 IT intensive companies, two universities, two Governmental agencies and the USAID program.
ESI Center Bulgaria began its 2007 regional activity with the “Software Process Improvement – Roadmap to Maturity” seminar in Republic of Moldova.
24 participants from 16 organizations attended the event. They were mainly presenting leading IT companies like Endava, Deeplace, AlfaXP, Soft Com, Rit Labs, Allied Testing, Intexnauca and more. Representatives of the local donor programs in the field of ICT also took part in the seminar.