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2020-12-21

Digitalization of standards: DKE digital strategy for the further process of transformation

The Standardization 2020 program was created around five years ago for the identification and initiation of digitalization projects. For DKE, the successful completion of the program is by no means the end of, the topic of digitalization of standards - quite the contrary!

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The biggest challenges for a digital standard

Whether it is a document, formula, text excerpt, reference or commentary, whether it is to be read by people or needs be interpreted by a machine, whether it is for the office, an engineering system or test bench: a digital norm precisely provides the relevant information in the appropriate form, whenever and wherever it is needed.

To make a digital norm a reality, there needs to be a comprehensive digital transformation of current standards and, naturally, standards organizations. Such a fundamental change constitutes a complex transformation process within which progression towards the goal of a digital standard must occur in numerous small steps. To this extent, standards organizations, industry, research and standards users worldwide are confronted with seven significant challenges:

The biggest challenges for a digital standard
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Digital standards demand a completely new level of information assets, both qualitatively and quantitatively. As content creators, experts have to be given the best possible support in order to ensure comprehensive application across all standards.

Digital standards demand a completely new level of information assets, both qualitatively and quantitatively. As content creators, experts have to be given the best possible support in order to ensure comprehensive application across all standards.

Standardization processes need to be adapted to the basic parameters of the digital world. In some respects, they need to become more flexible, agile, open and vital, so that technological advancements and standardization can seamlessly combine.

New sales and distribution models, which guarantee the attraction and profitability of standardization, need to be developed in the application of standards.

Rules for the use of formal forms of description for improved semantic force of expression of standard content, as well as standards for content development, interpretation and the exchange of normative information.

For standards, too, the acceptance, and thus success, of the digital revolution depends on the extent to which digitalization can be established in daily life and business thinking.

Development and implementation of new tools and information systems for the creation, combination and validation of standard content as well as in conjunction with existing information.

Our vision of DKE’s role in the digitalization of standards

DKE is the independent digital platform for the standardization community in electrical and information technology. The digitalization of standards is an enormous challenge, a challenge which we as a standards organization have accept, and for which we have a clear vision.

Supporting and promoting digital pioneers and sharing the results to the standardization community as an active driving force are all part of this vision. Our products and processes are equally subject to significant changes due to digitalization: today, standards are available in the well-known PDF format and have long moved on from purely paper formats. But as technology advances, further development also takes place - from improved access to information to content that can interpreted by machines. Standards and services are thus a significant part of the digital value creation chain. However, the concept of networking belongs equally to our vision, given that digitalization knows no limits. As such, we are engaged in worldwide cooperation with important partners and are already implementing an internationalization of digitalization.

The compass on our path toward and through digital transformation

With our vision of DKE’s role in the digitalization of standards, our sights are firmly set on the future. For successful implementation, we have elaborated a digital agenda with a focus on four primary pillars:

Client focus

Customer focus

We support our customers through efficient digital products, processes and services, and act as an active source of inspiration for them. Our customers decide to digitalize for various reasons. We offer suitable solutions for all digitalization needs - from market leaders to new pioneers. Trust, domain know-how, worldwide networks and security are our unique selling points - and are our promise to our customers.

Client focus

We support our customers through efficient digital products, processes and services, and act as an active source of inspiration for them. Our customers decide to digitalize for various reasons. We offer suitable solutions for all digitalization needs - from market leaders to new pioneers. Trust, domain know-how, worldwide networks and security are our unique selling points - and are our promise to our customers.

Digital connectivity

Digital connectivity

We fulfill current and future demands of digital transformation. Guaranteed by our digital know-how. To this end, we provide tailor-made digital content and interfaces for all relevant processes and partners. Our culture is shaped by our digital mindset. We inspire digital talent to choose us as an employer.

Digital connectivity

We fulfill current and future demands of digital transformation. Guaranteed by our digital know-how. To this end, we provide tailor-made digital content and interfaces for all relevant processes and partners. Our culture is shaped by our digital mindset. We inspire digital talent to choose us as an employer.

Collaboration and processes

Collaboration and processes

Our digital platforms link together the worlds of producers and users - nationally and internationally. This makes us popular designers and a source of inspiration for our partners. We network intensively with all relevant stake-holders and build ever-stronger, future strategic partnerships and alliances.

Collaboration and processes

Our digital platforms link together the worlds of producers and users - nationally and internationally. This makes us popular designers and a source of inspiration for our partners. We network intensively with all relevant stake-holders and build ever-stronger, future strategic partnerships and alliances.

Standardization and services

Standardization and services

We transform our domain know-how into the digital world and create content, information and standards as a service. With our digital business models and services regarding standards, we offer solutions for (new) digital customer groups.

Standardization and services

We transform our domain know-how into the digital world and create content, information and standards as a service. With our digital business models and services regarding standards, we offer solutions for (new) digital customer groups.

We’re pursuing our vision and implementing measures - together!

Our vision of DKE’s role in the digitalization of standards can only be pursued successfully with a well thought-out strategy. As a standards organization, we want to be the digital platform to which all our stakeholders - experts, companies, users and young professionals - can turn for relevant information in the most suitable form, whenever and wherever they need it. For this very reason, we need a digital norm as a basis for our vision!

The digital agenda defines topics of the utmost importance, which are mirrored in the challenges for digital standards and which constantly help us to stay on the right track. As can be seen in the results from Standardization 2020, we’ve been dealing with the digitalization of standards for some years already. There already exist numerous national and international projects on the topic. The next step is the formulation of a road map for the digitalization of standards. To this end, relevant activities need to be identified, prioritized and scheduled - no easy task as there are numerous projects, interests, challenges and target systems to be considered.


The digital transformation of standardization

Companies and institutions are subject to a cross-sector and worldwide digital transformation process.

Standardization is equally subject to this transformation process. Possibilities with information technology as well as the expectations of experts and users are changing.

The Standardization 2020 program aimed to prepare electronic standardization in the digital revolution for the future. It was successfully completed with the development and implementation of diverse projects. Standardization 2020 laid out the fundamentals for a progressing digital strategy.

More about the Standardization 2020 program