Aricent Approved for Latest CMMI Level 5 Certification

Palo Alto, Calif., Jan 21, 2009 - Aricent™, a global innovation, technology and services company, today announced that it has been appraised at Maturity Level 5, the highest maturity level of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Capability Maturity Model® Integration (CMMI®) process improvement framework. This achievement recognizes Aricent for best-in-class processes related to design, development and maintenance of software that enables the world's leading communications manufacturers and services providers to provide the best user experiences for their customers.

By reaching the highest maturity level of the CMMI framework (version 1.2), Aricent now joins a worldwide elite group of just 50 companies that meet the highest quality standards of software built to power a broad range of industries including communications.

“Aricent software is powering many of the world's finest communications infrastructure, devices and service offerings. For our customers it is imperative that we deliver innovative high-quality software in a reliable, timely and consistent manner,” according to R. Sathyavageeswaran, Assistant Vice President of Quality at Aricent. “By achieving CMMI Maturity Level 5 we have demonstrated that Aricent software design and development processes are amongst the very best in the world and significantly enhances our capability to deliver on-time, error free products and solutions to our customers”.

The Standard CMMI Appraisal Method for Process Improvement (SCAMPI-A) appraisal was conducted over a range of Aricent business units. The appraisal team was led by Rajesh Naik, Consulting Partner at the Quality Assurance Institute (QAI India), and the results were announced after the SEI completed its audit process on the appraisal results.

“As the lead appraiser for the CMMI® SCAMPI-A appraisal, I had an opportunity to thoroughly examine Aricent's software design, development and maintenance process in action,” said Mr. Naik. “I can say with full confidence that Aricent has the best-in-the-world processes for managing and executing software design and development. The use of statistical techniques and process performance models to manage projects gives Aricent an edge over its nearest competitors.”

About Aricent

Aricent is a global innovation, technology and services company focused exclusively on communications. Aricent combines the leading innovation capabilities of frog design with unparalleled domain expertise in communications as a strategic supplier to the world's foremost infrastructure, application and service providers. The company's investors include Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Sequoia Capital, The Family Office and Flextronics International Ltd. For more information, visit

About the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute

The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a U.S. Department of Defense federally funded research and development center operated by Carnegie Mellon University. The SEI helps organizations make measured improvements in their software engineering capabilities by providing technical leadership to advance the practice of software engineering. For more information, visit the SEI Web site at

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