NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 8, 2011) - The Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ), the leadership group dedicated to providing metrics standards for measuring software quality and size, today announced the release of episode 6 of the "IT Software Quality Report" podcast series. In the Episode host Jitendra Subramanyam sits down with Patrick Howard, Partner and Vice President of IBM Global Business Services to discuss the importance of measuring and managing software quality for their application systems.

In this episode, Jitendra Subramanyam and Patrick Howard discuss quality and measurement of application development for IBM's internal systems worldwide. As a measurement rich culture, IBM is very committed to software quality and measurement. Howard stresses why new risk profiles associated with application delivery are beginning to move and move very significantly, requiring a change in quality measurements. The episode continues by discussing the primary concerns of performance, readiness and reliability of mission critical applications systems, and finally touching on why app failure is directly tied to their customers and clients needs worldwide and the negative brand implications that it can lead to for a company and its employees.

Mr. Howard also discusses how he uses software analysis and measurement to improve development teams' professional growth, both in training and recognition.

Episode 6 can be downloaded by clicking here. All episodes of the "IT Software Quality Report" podcast series are available on the CISQ website at, or can be downloaded on iTunes at New episodes are released on a biweekly basis.

The "IT Software Quality Report" podcast series is designed to open more avenues to inform customers and suppliers of IT application software, providing them with the opportunity to improve IT quality, and reduce cost and risk. The podcast features CISQ members, executive and experts in IT across multiple industries and from some of the world's leading companies.

About Patrick Howard
Patrick Howard is a Partner and Vice President with IBM Global Business Services. Pat is the global leader for application services for IBM. In this role, he leads a global organization charged with planning, developing and managing application systems for all business units and corporate functions in IBM.

As part of his responsibility, Pat also serves as a member of the IBM CIO's Operating Team (OT), with governance responsibility on major transformation initiatives across IBM Brands. Pat is a frequent speaker at trade conferences and University forums. He has published articles in trade magazines on topics related to systems strategy and business management.

About CISQ
The Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) is an IT industry leadership group comprised of IT executives from the Global 2000, system integrators, outsourced service providers, and software technology vendors committed to introduce a computable metrics standard for measuring software quality and size. CISQ is a neutral, open forum in which customers and suppliers of IT application software can develop an industry-wide agenda of actions for improving IT application quality and reduce cost and risk.

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