Accenture Automation Leader to Receive IEEE/SEI Software Process Achievement Award
January 26, 2021 • Article
January 26, 2021—The Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute and the IEEE Computer Society today announced the recipient of the 2020 IEEE Computer Society/SEI Watts S. Humphrey Software Process Achievement Award. This year’s recipient is Rajendra "RP" Prasad, global automation lead at Accenture. Since 1994, the SEI and the IEEE Computer Society have cosponsored the award, which recognizes outstanding achievements in improving an organization’s ability to create and evolve high-quality software-dependent systems.
Prasad was recognized as the driver of a five-year journey for Accenture to transform its software development and application delivery lifecycle through intelligent automation and intelligent technology assets. He has globalized and industrialized an end-to-end automation framework, practices, and technology platform called myWizard across Accenture to address one of the biggest challenges—implementing a future-ready, mature level of automation throughout the software engineering lifecycle at speed and scale. His efforts will help to realize the full potential of automation to bring value to business through human plus machine collaboration.
“Watts developed the award to recognize organizations that significantly improve their ability to create and evolve software-dependent systems,” said Julia Mullaney, information and infrastructure security analyst at the SEI and chair of the award selection committee. “RP championed a critical role to drive improvement throughout the organization across the globe. However, he will be the first person to tell you that he couldn’t have done it without a lot help from those around him, and the committee therefore commends Accenture on this significant achievement.”
Accenture is a global professional services company with more than 514,000 employees providing services in digital, cloud, and security across more than 40 industries.
To scale and sustain process improvement at an enterprise level, Prasad developed a strategy called the 4S Model: Simple, Seamless, Scalable, Sustainable. The model integrates software engineering delivery processes with analytics and intelligent technology assets to deliver significantly improved outcomes.
“I am thrilled to receive the Watts S. Humphrey Award, and I have to thank my team and Accenture leadership for their contributions and support,” said Prasad. “Working together, we’ve pushed automation solutions beyond simple bots and brought to life a vision of intelligent automation as a constant value-driver for organizations. We’ve unlocked new opportunities for companies by scaling automation to maximize impact and align with business goals.”
Watts S. Humphrey, known as the “Father of Software Quality,” followed his long career at IBM with an equally distinguished career at the SEI, where he served from 1986 until his death in 2010. For the majority of his career, Humphrey worked to improve the profession of software engineering by focusing on software quality. During his tenure at the SEI, he helped lay the groundwork for what eventually became the Capability Maturity Model (CMM) for Software, the Personal Software Process (PSP), the Team Software Process (TSP) and the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI). In 2005, Humphrey received the National Medal of Technology for his work in software engineering.
Prasad will receive an engraved plaque commemorating his achievement. Presentation of the award will be made at the IEEE Computer Society Awards event later this year. He will also produce an SEI technical report describing his accomplishments, experiences, and lessons learned.
To learn more about the Watts S. Humphrey Software Process Achievement Award, visit https://resources.sei.cmu.edu/news-events/events/watts/.