In May, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the 15th annual CSIA “Executive Conference” di CSIA (Control System Integrators Association) took place and the Board of Directors elected for the next three-year period (2017-2020) was officially presented. Luigi De Bernardini, CEO of Autoware, was elected to be a member of the board and will be the Treasury Officer, an important nomination since it is the first time that an Italian and European company is part of this international association board.
CSIA, founded in 1994, is a non-profit international association based in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, which brings together the best system integrators (engineering companies Engineering companies that through their technical and business skills help the manufacturing industry to automate their production and business processes), with the main objective of improving the standards of services offered to the manufacturing industry through a certification program that requires the highest standards to be met.
CSIA helps the associate members to improve their business skills by providing tools to share specific and sectoral skills in order to ensure a competitive edge to the certified system integrators. The “Best Practices” defined by CSIA cover all business areas transversally. Being certified means having a structured Project Management and Quality Assurance system, an organization plan, evaluation, growth and enhancement of the human resources, a strategic business, commercial and marketing plan, and a qualified IT system.
Just to give some reference numbers, CSIA has, to date, more than 500 member companies from 27 countries.
“Being part of the CSIA’s Board of Directors is obviously an honor and a privilege, but also the way to try to give back part of the value that I have received in these years as a member and which have allowed me to improve Autoware. The adoption of the Best Practices identified by CSIA and the certification of compliance with these guidelines have been a reason of significant improvement for us, that has helped us grow more effectively” says Luigi De Bernardini, CEO of Autoware and newly elected Board Member, adding: “My participation in the Board has the meaning of supporting the expansion in the European market that CSIA has planned for a near future. Already some technology providers have, or are about to have, this certification as a prerequisite, so that an integrated system reaches their highest level of certification. In the future, also the manufacturing companies will consider certification a leverage, if not an absolute prerequisite, when choosing their solution provider. This is already happening in the USA, but with the rise of the European participation it is supposed to expand also to this side of the ocean”.