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Associations / Organisations

Product Based Planning AIIM (Association for Information and Image Management)


The Association for Information and Image Management or AIIM (pronounced aim) is an international industry association focused on enterprise content management (ECM). AIIM defines ECM as "Enterprise Content Management is the technologies used to Capture, Manage, Store, Preserve, and Deliver content and documents related to organizational processes."

AIIM was founded in 1943 as the National Microfilm Association

AIIM publishes a magazine called AIIM E-DOC Magazine, and hosts a number of seminars, expos, webinars, etc. The annual AIIM Expo and Conference is the largest trade show in the USA devoted to document management. The AIIM Expo and Conference, through volunteer show judges, awards several best of show awards. There are 37 local chapters in the continental US as well as one chapter in Hawaii and another in Puerto Rico. Chapter leaders meet for one day prior to the annual conference to discuss the industry, the state of AIIM, and to receive chapter awards AIIM is actively involved in standardization efforts with over twenty committees of volunteers. AIIM committees have authored over 80 approved ANSI Standards, and it holds the secretariat for ISO/TC 171 (Document Management Applications) and ISO/TC 171 SC2 (Document Management Applications, Application Issues)

Project Management APM (Association for Project Management)


APM is the largest independent professional body of its kind in Europe, it has over 15,000 individual and 400 corporate members throughout the UK and abroad. The aim of the APM is to develop and promote project management across all sectors of industry and beyond

APM is the UK member of the IPMA

ITIL, MSP and Prince2 APM Group Ltd   (

The APM Group Ltd (APMG) specialises in the accreditation and certification of organisations, processes and people, within a range of industries and management disciplines

The APM Group's Mission Statement: "To help organisations achieve their corporate goals through improved processes, people and governance and to help individuals develop to their full professional potential"

APMG is an Accreditation, Certification and Qualification organisation recognised internationally by government agencies. Methods / Certifications accredited by APMG include: ITIL, M_o_R, MSP, PPM, Prince2

Project management qualifications IPMA (International Project Management Association)


The IPMA is the world's oldest project management organisation. It is an international network of national project management societies

While these national societies serve the specific project management development needs of each country in its national language, the IPMA as an umbrella organisation represents them at the international level

IPMA owns and maintains its universal system for validating project management qualification and competence programmes. This is a part of its global role. Each member association is responsible for developing and managing its own project management qualification and competence programme and for establishing its bodies for certification. Each membership association agrees to participate in IPMA's validation procedure. IPMA, through the CVMB (Certification Validation Management Board) coordinates and harmonises the various qualification and competence programmes of the member associations

Programme management qualifications ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association)


ISACA (the Information Systems Audit and Control Association) is an international association for the support and improvement of professionals whose jobs involve the auditing of corporate and system controls. ISACA is seen by many as the leading global organization for information governance, information control, information security

ISACA has more than 70,000 members in 140 countries. The job titles of ISACA members include: IS auditor, consultant, educator, IS security professional, regulator, chief information officer and internal auditor. ISACA members work in nearly all industry categories

ISACA develops, publishes and maintains best practice frameworks and industry qualifications such as: CobiT best practice framework, Val IT best practice framework , Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification

Project Management certification PMI (Project Management Institute)     (

The Project Management Institute (PMI), incorporated in 1969, was founded by five volunteers, with its headquarters in Newtown Square, outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It has published a number of standards related to project management, and manages several levels of project management certification

The standard Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) guide, currently in its third edition, is the only ANSI standard for project management. The levels of certification are Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) and Project Management Professional (PMP), the latter being more advanced. The publication, A Standard for Program Management, defines a standard for program managers. PMI manages one certification level related to program management, namely, Program Management Professional (PgMP)

As of 2006, PMI reported over 220,010 members and over 180,000 PMP certificants in 175 countries. Over 44,000 PMP certifications expire annually; a PMP must document ongoing project management experience and education every three years to keep his or her certification current

There are more than 240 local PMI chapters located in 67 countries, and 30 Specific Interest Groups (SIGs). In addition, PMI has two colleges: the College of Performance Management and the College of Scheduling

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Certifications / Frameworks / Methods / Methodologies

Control Objectives for Information CobiT (The Control Objectives for Information and related Technology)


CobiT (The Control Objectives for Information and related Technology) is a best practice framework for Information Technology (IT) management. CobiT provides managers, auditors, and IT users with a set of generally accepted measures, indicators, processes and best practices to assist them in maximizing the benefits derived through the use of information technology and developing appropriate IT governance and control in a company

CobiT was created by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), and the IT Governance Institute (ITGI) in 1992. ISACA are currently the custodians of CobiT and have issued further releases of the framework, the last being CobiT 4 released in 2005

ITIL service management ITIL (the IT Infrastructure Library)    (

ITIL (the IT Infrastructure Library) is the most widely accepted approach to IT service management in the world. ITIL provides a cohesive set of best practice, drawn from the public and private sectors internationally. It is supported by a comprehensive qualifications scheme, accredited training organisations, and implementation and assessment tools. The best practice processes promoted in ITIL support and are supported by, the British Standards Institution's standard for IT Service Management (BS15000 / BS 15000)

[ISO/IEC 20000 is the first international standard for IT Service Management. It is based on and is intended to supersede the earlier British Standard, BS 15000]

project risk, operational risk M_o_R (Management of Risk)    (

The term 'management of risk' incorporates all the activities required to identify and control the exposure to risk which may have an impact on the achievement of an organisation's business objectives

M_o_R considers risk at four levels throughout an organisation: strategic, programme, project and operational. While it links to other OGC Best Practice, it respects the roles, responsibilities and terminologies used outside the disciplines of programme and project management

Managing Successful Programmes MSP (Managing Successful Programmes)    (

Programme Management, like project management, is a management tool for bringing together people, activities and information to achieve something. Programme Management is a way of approaching the setting up and running of a programme. So, what is a programme? A programme is made up of a specific set of projects identified by an organisation that together will deliver some defined objective, or set of objectives, for the organisation. The objectives, or goals, of the programme are typically at a strategic level so that the organisation can achieve benefits and improvements in its business operation

There is a close link between Programme Management and project management because the programme is made up of projects and can only succeed if the projects within it succeed. The concept of a programme is that it should be more than the 'sum of its parts'. In other words, without Programme Management, the projects would probably still be able to deliver their particular outcomes but these would not be co-ordinated or integrated into the achievement of a strategic goal. OGC has developed a best practice guide on Programme Management called Managing Successful Programmes which is published by The Stationery Office. The guide comprises a set of Principles and a set of Processes for use when managing a programme

Project Management certification PMP (Project Management Professional)


Project Management Professional (PMP) is the most globally recognized certification in project management. It is managed by the Project Management Institute and is based on the PMP Examination Specification published by PMI in 2005. Most exam questions reference to PMI's ANSI standard A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, abbreviated to PMBOK Guide

Uk standard PRINCE2 best-practice Prince2 (PRojects IN Controlled Environments)


PRINCE2 is the structured project management method from the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) that has become the UK's de facto standard for organising, managing and controlling projects. It is a generic, best-practice approach for the management of all types of projects

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Consultancies / Other

risk management consultancy and training Risk Doctor & Partners    (

Risk Doctor & Partners provides specialist risk management consultancy and training from Dr David Hillson and selected associates, who offer a high-quality professional service to clients across the globe

David Hillson is recognised internationally as a thought-leader and expert practitioner in risk management, and he is an award-winning conference speaker and regular author

Risk Doctor & Partners embodies David's unique ethos, blending leading-edge thinking with practical application, and providing access to the latest developments in risk management best practice

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