Industry 4.0, IoT, and other trends are clearly driving a rise in complexity. This relates not only to products but also to processes used to develop and produce them as well as the IT systems in use here. With this greater complexity comes greater costs. While industry is increasingly facing challenges related cost pressures, legacy systems, and the demand for greater agility and flexibility, the issue of vendor lock is also being heard more and more.
The Code of Openness (CPO) is an initiative of the prostep ivip Association, sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, which seeks to address the associated challenges by taking a strategy unique anywhere. The acronym ‘CPO’ originally stood for Code of PLM Openness.
The aim of the CPO is to create openness that will make it easy to integrate IT systems into connected IT environments, such as company networks and IoT. The code combines IT requirements with those of the users. The CPO is a standard catalogue that defines measurable criteria (‘shall,’ ‘should,’ ‘may’) for the following categories: interoperability, infrastructure, extensibility, interfaces, standards, architecture, and partnership.
Alongside the CPO initiative that is working to promote the use of the CPO in industrial applications, an accredited CPO certification program was set up.
CPO is a clear signal and invitation to all global market players, whether they are members of the prostep ivip Association or not, to participate.
The CPO is an important step towards the future for IT vendors as well as IT customers in aerospace and defense, automotive, mechanical engineering, and shipbuilding. The initiative is necessary to speed up the pace at which innovation and technical progress make their way into the IT systems in use in industry.
IT customers can stake out a clear position together with IT service providers and IT vendors and outline their basic requirements for PLM openness, helping achieve the agility, flexibility, and speed they need to further develop their PLM system environments while also safeguarding their investments.
Along with seeking certification, IT vendors and IT service providers receive harmonized, clearly defined requirements regarding the openness of IT systems as well as the wide range of information they need to create an innovative product range. Long-term business strategies are made easier by creating openness in this area. A commitment to the CPO does not mean giving your services away. It means working together with your customers and other parties involved to establish the parameters of a strong partnership.
In short, the code allows you to improve your market position.
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