CSIA passes a huge milestone!

According to Lou Zimmer of CSIA, the Control System Integrators Association, CSIA has certified its 100th integrator member. Control Technologies, Inc. (www.controlt.com), a Fort Smith, Arkansas, system integrator, earned the title following a successful audit that assessed its compliance with CSIA's Best Practices and Benchmarks. Control Technologies joins its fellow CSIA members in an elite group of system integrators that have passed the intensive audit process, administered by independent consulting firms. CSIA members through the United States and Canada, as well as in Asia - from India to Russia - and through Europe comprise the current group of CSIA CERTIFIED Members. Craig Pair, president of Control Technologies, said "CSIA is the premier benchmarking organization in the control system integration industry. Recognition as a CERTIFIED Member is a testament to our dedication to meeting customer production needs with proven integration expertise. It is another reason why our clients trust us to provide the leadership necessary to guide them through the risk associated with automating their systems and processes." As a longtime sponsor of CSIA, a former integrator, and, while at Spitzer and Boyes, a consultant to the organization, I am really stoked that we've hit three figures. Especially since when CSIA was founded, there was considerable acrimony over whether there was such a thing as a professional control system integrator. Congratulations to Craig Pair, to Norm O'Leary, to the Best Practices Committee and to the membership of CSIA for getting it right.
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  • <p>Like Walt, I also used to work for a systems integrator. CSIA is helping to bring professionalism and respect to the industry. Congratualations to them and good luck going forward.</p> <p>A few years back I wrote a CONTROL column on CSIA. An excerpt is below, follow the link for the rest:</p> <p>"I think it is, and not only for the aforementioned professions. I feel licensing allows professionals to separate themselves from unqualified practitioners, and I believe it gives buyers of these services at least some assurance of competence."</p> <p><a href="http://www.controlglobal.com/articles/2003/92.html">http://www.controlglobal.com/articles/2003/92.html</a></p>

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