The CPO Initiative had previously been based on a commitment by IT vendors and service providers to foster openness in their IT systems and create the transparency necessary to achieve this. This is a key step that they can take now and in the future.
At the same time, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy announced it would be sponsoring the CPO, setting in motion efforts to establish the foundation for CPO-based certification. These efforts are centered around the German government’s Agenda for Innovation which is based on a two-pronged approach:
Establishing accredited certification programs is a key item in the innovation policy of the Federal Republic of Germany. The aim here is to reduce barriers to competition while expanding the quality infrastructure, both of which are essential to promoting technological progress.
Whereas the commitment is to be seen more as a declaration of intent, the benefit of accredited CPO certification for IT users and vendors is that it creates transparency in the process of checking and verifying the openness of independent experts. This step is transforming the CPO into a trusted and reliable seal.
DAkkS will complete the first phase of the evaluation to determine compliance with the accreditation criteria in April 2018. Following this, the accredited CPO certification program from the prostep ivip Association will be launched on the market. During this time, the CPO, the CPO Certification Manual, and the mapping between the CPO criteria and the conformity assessment criteria were published in the DIN SPEC 91372 series. This will then be followed by work in preparation for phase two.
IT openness starts with the ability of the company to create openness and the surrounding parameters. The assessment scheme is divided into eight subject areas. This makes it possible to group related and associated requirements in a targeted way.
The eight subject areas are: