As part of the United States government’s request for proposal (RFP) process to acquire products and services, more emphasis is currently being placed on the past performance/experience proposal section. This article addresses another area the government (and other potential clients) should examine, especially for potential bidders with limited experience: organizational certification by certified, independent assessors based on internationally and nationally recognized standards and methodologies.
Configuration management is about managing change of the multiple items composing an information system. This article puts in reference the configuration management function and the ISO 9001 standard. This standard offers a wide range of advice on how to deal with this important, but often neglected, aspect of software engineering.