Codex of PLM Openness Version 1.0 released


The first version of the Codex of PLM Openness (CPO) was officially released during CeBIT on March 8 at the automotiveDAY 2012. The ProSTEP iViP Association and representatives of the automobile industry and suppliers gave the reasons for their initiative in the course of the release announcement. The first companies have already signed. Immediately after the announcement, several firms spontaneously expressed their support for the Codex.

tl_files/plm/img/Nachrichten/automotiveDAY.jpgThe Codex of PLM Openness is now available for download – and for signing. The ProSTEP iViP Association has succeeded in presenting a definition of openness jointly worked out by representatives of the automobile manufacturers and suppliers, IT providers and system integrators that calls for a voluntary commitment. Atos, Oracle, PROSTEP, PTC, Siemens PLM Software and Volkswagen signed immediately after adoption of the Codex, while BMW, Continental and Daimler have announced their intention to do so.

tl_files/plm/img/Nachrichten/Podium.jpg(From the right: Dr. Steven Vettermann, Karl Erich Probst, Elisabeth Hoeflich, Foto Sendler)

Dr. Steven Vettermann, CEO of the ProSTEP iViP Association, announced the release at the end of the automotiveDAY and again explained the motivation that led to CPO (see also the December 28 2011 and February 14 2012 announcements). Karl-Erich Probst, CIO at BMW Group, and Elisabeth Hoeflich, CIO at Continental, who were both present on the rostrum, emphasized that for them as IT users, the Codex was of major importance because the data generated by the diverse systems of various manufacturers becomes easier to communicate – between in-house systems and particularly between those of OEMs and suppliers. A list of statements by other supporters of the Codex could also be found In the press folder distributed by the ProSTEP iViP Association in Hannover.

Following this, representatives of several firms who were present took to the rostrum to signal their agreement with the Codex:

tl_files/plm/img/Nachrichten/Riedel.jpgDr. Oliver Riedel, until recently Manager of Process Integration and Information Management at Volkswagen, underlined the importance of openness for interoperability between different systems, for the expandability of the IT environment and for the simplification of interfaces between the systems. He was of the opinion that “the group that came together for this purpose in 2011 is ideally suited to standardize things of this nature.”

tl_files/plm/img/Nachrichten/Barth.jpgAndreas Barth, CEO at Dassault Systèmes Deutschland , explained that his company is finalizing preparations for CPO signature. “We understand the need that exists and that it is important, particularly for those suppliers who have to deal with several OEMs, because they can work together in a simplified manner. We support that, it is a very good initiative.”

tl_files/plm/img/Nachrichten/Ruechardt.jpgFor PTC, Dominik Rüchardt, Business Development Director, emphasized “we signed very quickly because we really support this initiative and, as a software provider, see advantages for us. We do want to grow in the area of PLM but the claim of being able to do this alone is utopian. We need openness.”

tl_files/plm/img/Nachrichten/Zachries.jpgKarl Heinz Zachries, CEO of the PDM provider Contact Software, said “the CAD systems of the strategic partners of the OEMs must be open in order to allow us to create added value for our customers. In this respect I can only greet this initiative and I get excited when I hear that the companies whom we address want to show more openness.”

Now that the first version of the Codex has been presented, its consequences will be of prime importance. On one hand, it must be further developed, and Dr. Vettermann has invited ‘everyone’ in the PLM Community to participate. This includes smaller IT providers and system integrators who particularly depend on the openness of the large-scale systems in their work for their customers. On the other hand, what signing means and what effects it will have must be clear to all involved. Exactly how this is going to take place is the point at which the real discussion is just starting.

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