ISO By The Numbers and The Force Multiplier For ICT Innovation

This month, we have added some new resources to our Knowledge Base, including papers on ISO By The Numbers and The Force Multiplier For ICT Innovation.

In 2011, references to ISO and its standards on Internet media sites increased by 128,937 compared to 2010, with a total of 467,830–presenting a rise of 38% according to  This is of particular interest to our clients who work so hard to achieve their TL 9000, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications.  There’s clearly a global interest and buy-in on implementing the important ISO standards.

In a recent article from ISO, in 2011 ISO published 1,206 new or revised standards, bringing the total number of current standards in the ISO catalog to 19,203.  According to ISO, thirty-eight ISO national member bodies provided the administrative and technical services for the committees developing standards.  The demand for new standards is also on the rise.  In 2011, 1,419 new projects for ISO standards were registered, raising the number of items in the work program to 4,007.

To really understand the depth and scope of ISO standards throughout the globe, you can obtain the full publication, ISO in Figures from the ISO store.   A complimentary summary brochure can be downloaded from or you can download a copy from the BIZPHYX Knowledge Base.

Also of interest to our clients and readers is another publication recently released from ISO and IEC (The International Electrotechnical Commission).  The IEC manages Conformity Assessment Systems, which certify that equipment systems or components conform to its international standards (semiconductors, fiber optics, nanotechnologies).  Their joint technical committee (ISO/IEC JTC 1) has placed an emphasis on ICT (Information and Communication Technologies).

The thoughts and findings that will continue to result from the JTC 1, the multiple subcommittees (SCs) and the working groups (WGs) will certainly have an influence on TL 9000, the telecommunications quality standard, which is evolving to reflect ICT.  We have a copy of this paper called The Force Multiplier For ICT Innovation on the BIZPHYX Knowledge Base.  This PDF outlines how the JTC 1 is hard at work integrate standards and guidelines for all these complex technologies.

Just consider for a moment the interrelation of the multitude of communications and software products and services–and what that means for the volume of standards that include security.  In that overlay or “force multiplier”, you have products and services that integrate with smart cards, bar codes, information security, biometrics, cloud computing and so much more.

It is in the ISO/IEC JTC 1 where the heavy lifting begins.  This is where the basic “building blocks of new technologies are defined and where foundations of important ICT structures are laid” (more than 2,400 standards and related documents).

Clearly, it’s clearly all about ICT.  In fact, QuEST Forum has recently redefined its value proposition, “… QuEST Forum unifies the global ICT community through the implementation of TL 9000, an industry specific quality management system that is built on ISO 9001 and the eight quality principles.”

QuEST Forum’s IGQ Work Group is hard at work preparing to release R5.0 of the TL 9000 Measurements Handbook (possibly by the end of 2012).  The IGQ team has already proposed changes to the Product Category Tables A-1 through A-3 and these revisions are currently out for review by certified member companies.

We’ll see what develops in the next few years from the ISO/IEC JTC 1 and what influence the outcomes will have on the evolution of TL 9000.  For more information, please contact