PROSTEP actually exceeded all the CPO requirements, achieving a rating of over 100 percent on all counts, as Dr. Stefan Spitz from TÜVit attests. This is not surprising in light of the fact that our products and solutions have always required system openness and supported standards. It nevertheless took a good deal of work to compile the information needed for the audit and prepare it in such a way that it answered all the auditors' questions. Thanks to good teamwork, the support of management, software development, marketing, representatives of the standardization committees, product management, and last but not least thanks to the experience of our head of technology, Dr. Rainer Bugow, with DIN/ISO 9001 and 27001 certification, we were well prepared.
The actually issuing of the CPO certificate is merely a formality and will happen within the next two weeks. This means that, together with Conweaver, HCL, PTC and Siemens PLM Software, we will be able to present ourselves at the CPO stand at this year's prostep ivip Symposium in Munich as one of the first companies to obtain CPO certification. In the spirit of PLM openness, however, we hope to soon be facing more "competition".