SAP supports the Codex of PLM Openness (CPO) initiative. SAP has been a member of the CPO workgroup since the beginning and openness is part of SAP’s solution strategy. SAP appreciates ProSTEP iViP’s approach of moderating a common definition of "openness" in the PLM community, bringing both customers, vendors and implementation partners to the desk. SAP supports openness of IT systems in the sense the CPO defines: "Openness is a capability provided by an IT system, and it is characterized by interoperability, portability and extensibility. These capabilities are implemented using IT interfaces, standards and the IT architecture. The openness of an IT system cannot be seen separately from the partners to the contract, i.e. the IT vendors and the IT customers." SAP respects its customers’ view on the necessity of openness, acknowledging their often diverse and inhomogeneous landscapes. SAP stands for open integration of systems in the respective customer environment, enabling their customers to support their businesses based on their needs in their specific industry.
Read the full CPO statement that has been signed by Jim Snabe, Co-CEO, SAP AG.