VEReniging Software Engineering Nederland

VERSEN is the Dutch National Association for Software Engineering. Its mission is to bring together researchers, educators and practitioners in the field of software engineering in The Netherlands, who share the common goals of advancing the field or software engineering, raising public awareness of the challenges and opportunities of the field, acquiring funding for groundbreaking research, and transferring academic results to broader society.

"The VERSEN manifesto hopes to inspire software researchers, yet I find it also provokes me as a software developer. All challengers are very recognisable from personal experience, but very rarely do I actively attempt to address them at this level. I feel motivated to do that more regularly, hopefully with the help of equally inspired researchers."

Jeroen Heijmans, RWS

"I endorse VERSEN's manifesto on Software Research and Education in the Netherlands, because I share the urgency for investing in software engineering knowledge and skills. More and more organizations are being digitally disrupted and losing their competitive edge, simply because they lack talented engineers. Consequently, these organizations build up substantial technical debt that will in the end negatively impact the value they deliver to their customers and employees."

Rik Farenhorst, Independent consultant

"At ICTU, we develop custom software for our colleagues at other Dutch governmental organizations, with a strong focus on quality. High quality software development not only requires flexible and scalable development and test environments, but also many tools, ranging from tools to build and test the software to tools to verify security, performance, and accessibility. An important challenge is how to deliver this ecosystem of environments and tools to development teams in an effective, efficient, and secure way. We're happy to see these challenges listed in the Manifesto on Software Research and Education and hope to cooperate in and benefit from the research."

Dr. Frank Niessink, Quality manager at ICTU

"Software engineering is a quickly evolving discipline that continues to benefit from fundamental research and academic education. At the same time, future generations of software engineers will have to deal with ever-growing amounts of operational software. I am therefore happy to see that the Software Manifesto puts the focus on topics that are relevant in practice, such as software reliability, maintainability, and development efficiency. It is paramount that future software engineers are trained both in computer science fundamentals, and in up-to-date engineering methods to help improve the software landscape of the future."