Software is omnipresent and software quality is critical.

There is hardly an area of our daily life life that is unaffected by software. High quality software increases the efficiency and productivity of society and builds trust. But software development is a risky activity and we need ways of mitigating this risk. In particular, the continuing evolution of professional testing expertise, together with standards, automation, and tool advancement will lead to continuous improvement.

The promotion of software quality internationally was the motivator for ISTQB® to launch the International Software Testing Excellence Award in 2012. This annual award is given to a person who has made outstanding contributions to innovation, research and awareness in the field of software quality and testing.