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    ISO: meaning and why does it matter?

    Suppose you’re looking for a dedicated team to develop something really cool. Surely, you’ll have to add new features and make updates over time. But who can be trusted to lay a long-lasting foundation for your building? How do you know you’ve hired the right crew?

    Are they nice guys? – Nope. Not the best way to rate engineers.

    Is their presentation promising? – Just means that the sales manager is doing his job.

    Reputation? – Maybe. But for an unbiased evaluation, it’s reasonable to pay attention to the team’s verified processes and compliance with best practices. An easy way to do this is by comparing them to industry standards.

    And this is where we are now.

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    ISOfication completed

    Django Stars has been focused on building clear and standardized processes since the company was founded. That’s why we’ve earned in 2019 and proved in 2020 our ISO certifications in 3 categories:

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    To us, earning ISO certification signals more than just a careful, one-off effort so we can hang a shiny certificate on the wall. It’s proof that we have a constant willingness to adhere to these standards on a daily basis.

    So what does ISO mean? And why do we keep directing our efforts in this field? Let’s look into it.

    What is ISO Certification?

    ISO abbreviation stands for the International Organization for Standardization, which develops recognized global standards for the quality, safety, and efficiency of products, services, and systems. There are many ISO standards for different purposes designed with input from organizations from around the world. Each of them can strengthen your business in a certain way.

    ISO/IEC 27001

    This international standard for information security management systems (ISMS) ensures that organizations provide maximum protection of customer data. It defines 114 information security controls designed to protect data from ever-present and evolving threats such as cybercrime, personal data breaches, vandalism/terrorism, fire/damage, misuse, theft, and viral attacks. Essentially, ISO 27001 is a framework for implementing, monitoring, and continually improving ISMS.
    What this certification proves about Django Stars:

    • We are continuously enhancing our risk management to prevent information security incidents and reduce damage if even they happen. As an ISMS-accredited company, we are trusted by our clients to deal safely with their documentation and data.
    • Our business is more resilient. Our ISO 27001 certification shows that we carefully protect our brand against internal and external threats. Implementation of its benchmarks in our daily work allows no room for us to leave vulnerabilities unaddressed. We also strive to keep all of our team members updated in terms of information security.
    • We’re on the same page with the client. Since ISO requirements are the same for companies everywhere, our processes are in line with that of the client, thus further increasing trust and effectiveness.

    What are the benefits for you?

    • Confidence in the strong protection of your data. Our adherence to the stringent security requirements of ISO 27001 gives you confidence that your data, intellectual property, and financial records (in all forms, from digital to hard copy or cloud) are constantly being monitored, protected, and kept confidential according to an NDA.
    • Externally validated supplier. To be ISO 27001 certified, our cybersecurity practices must be verified at least once a year by an external auditor to ensure our operations are up to date and in compliance with ISO and regulatory requirements.
    • GDPR compliance. Given the increased governmental focus on data-protection laws and regulations such as the UK Data Protection Act 2018 and the EU GDPR, companies should be choosing suppliers who can prove they adhere to these rules. As a global standard, ISO 27001 defines personally identifiable information controls that assist with GDPR compliance and support strong data security.

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    ISO 9001

    This is the globally recognized quality management system (QMS) standard for companies. It’s designed to regulate the processes used to create a product and deliver it to the customer. The main objective of ISO 9001 is quality control underpinned by the following seven key principles:

    • Customer focus
    • Leadership
    • Engagement of people
    • Process approach
    • Improvement
    • Evidence-based decision-making
    • Relationship management

    What this certification proves about Django Stars:

    • We build a systematic approach to management and decision-making regularly assessed by an independent auditor. It also means we use our financial and time resources efficiently. Due to our transparency, our employees’ involvement in our processes is based on a thorough understanding of the company’s strategy.
    • Meeting high requirements of ISO 9001, we ensure a higher level of quality control and process standardization. This enables us to compete in tenders and conform to the demanding industry standards.
    • We strive for effective process alignment. ISO 9001 regulates not only individual processes but also how they all interact. Planning, monitoring, and analyzing the quality of service ensures optimal organization and faster delivery.

    What are the benefits for you?

    • Quality services and products. Guided by ISO 9001, Django Stars uses special software and advanced information technologies to continuously monitor quality. You can be confident in the quality of our services.
    • We listen to our customers. QMS includes requirements for suppliers and manufacturers to take into account the marginal utility of their products. Thus, our interactions with customers allow us to quickly respond to recommendations, preferences, or complaints.
    • Full control of the production cycle within which the management methods are transformed. Flexible communication between company departments minimizes the probability of errors, which is especially important in the early stages of a project.

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    ISO 14001

    The ISO 14001 standard governs an Environment Management System (EMS). Its rules respond to growing concerns in modern society about the environmental impact of organizations, both locally and internationally. In IT, many executives tend to underestimate their involvement in this process. But we see that the reality is somewhat different: in the modern world, processes are closely intertwined. In particular, the EMS deals with your travel, equipment supplies, internal influences, and others.
    What this certification proves about Django Stars:

    • We minimize environmental impact, both immediate and long-term. We live in this world. And our children will, too.
    • We aim to provide sustainable business development through strengthening our reputation, legal compliance, and entering international markets.
    • We care about the quality of our working environment. This increases employee engagement and makes it possible for us to collaborate with those who share our values.

    What are the benefits for you?

    • Minimizing the environmental footprint. Working with an ISO-compliant vendor gives you confidence that product development will have a minimal environmental impact. Thus, our EMS can be aligned with your values and company image.
    • Compliance with relevant environmental legislation. This also affects your ability to scale your business.
    • A technical partner with awareness for sustainability. Django Stars cares about our environmental impact as much as we care about our social impact. We develop strong solutions with an eye to the future.

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    Conclusion

    Now you know why ISOfication matters. It allows us to supplement our own experience with proven frameworks to ensure that we and our products are always at the top of their game. All other things being equal, choosing an ISO certified supplier will benefit you as a client. As a result, working with us can offer you sharpened processes, a more responsible attitude to security, and the confidence that your software or mobile application will be designed to meet the highest international standards.

    And at the same time, standardization doesn’t imply a lack of innovation. Because ISO guidelines help us improve our planning, monitoring, and analysis, Django Stars can keep its passion for creating fresh and outstanding solutions alive and well.

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