A leading IT certification group recently release new standards relating to compliance and supply chain oversight, which means many top technology firms may soon need to reinvest in automated data collection software.
The Open Group, a vendor-neutral IT certification organization and standard-bearer, earlier this month released a new best practices guide that aims to make the global technology supply chain more transparent. The goal of The Open Group's Trusted Technology Forum is to better ensure that leading IT firms such as IBM and Cisco are sourcing their parts from reliable partners and that the end users know that their procurements will be beneficial.
As the global technology and IT supply chain widens - The Open Group includes members from 90 countries - the number of organizations calling for more supply chain oversight widens, Network World reported. Industry leaders and others are worried that increasingly fragmented distribution pathways are leading manufacturers to take shortcuts and trust unreliable third-party vendors, which is leading to decreasing quality in some instances. In particular, the Defense Department has previously voiced its concerns about the sale of defective products or goods containing counterfeit components.
"Counterfeit parts - generally the misrepresentation of parts' identity or pedigree - can seriously disrupt the Department of Defense (DOD) supply chain, harm weapon systems integrity, and endanger troops' lives," the Government Accountability Office said in a February report.
Network World noted that while The Open Group recently released its recommendations, the Trusted Technology Forum is not expected to release its specific accreditation criteria until the end of this year. Companies interested in attaining this certification once it is released should preemptively adopt automated data collection software. That way, businesses can collect quality information from a variety of sources within their supply chains. With this increased oversight, companies are better able to identify inefficiencies and sources of bad parts.