A special award was given to the European Software Institute Center Bulgaria at the ceremony of IT Mark certification of Bulgarian IT firms, at the Museum of Communications. Elena Schaiedt, Director of ESI Spain, surprised, both the organizers and their guests, by awarding ESI Center Bulgaria for its achievements in Regional development and best practice in Public Private Partnership in IT sector, with its partners – State Agency for Information Technologies and Communications, UNDP-Bulgaria and BASSCOM.
On May 11- 12 ESI Center Bulgaria participated in the 4th South Eastern Europe IT Associations Conference “ICT Driving force for SEE region development” and 3rd MASIT Open Days in Skopje, Macedonia. The conference was co- organized by BASCOM. Bulgaria was also presented by BAIT, and IT companies - Antipodes, BMG, Edimit and others.
The conference endorsed a Memorandum of Understanding for Regional ICT Competitiveness for execution of the plan for regional cooperation and branding endorsement. ESI Center Bulgaria will host the workgroup that will prepare the implementation.
Three Bulgarian companies have started its IT Mark certification. From 20 February to 12 April 2006 the first level assessment have been applied in BIANOR Services, Multiprocessor Systems and NEMETSCHEK Bulgaria.
IT Mark is developed by the International consortium of ESI Centers of Excellence and aims to provide software businesses with means to enhance their business, information security management and software development processes.
ESI Center Bulgaria has organized a three day course “Introduction to CMMI” in Skopje. This is the first such an event in the Macedonian capital and the fifth in the whole region. Thirteen participants from eleven different companies from Macedonia, Serbia and Bulgaria have taken part in the course, led by the SEI (Software Engineering Institute) authorized instructor from European Software Institute Spain.