The OpenChain Japan Work Group will hold its last meeting of the year on the 19th of December. It seems like a good time to reflect on growth and next steps. You can see how our mailing list has expanded over time and the audience trend of the physical meetings.
One interesting data-point is that we have reached a stage of maturity in the number of companies participating. We have a lot of the principles (largest companies in Japan) and a representative collection of their suppliers. The next phase is increased OpenChain adoption, something we are seeing with things like the Fujitsu conformance announcement last week.
Our physical meetings have also followed an interesting trend. The “dips” in the chart show ad-hoc meetings, usually a planning session for a larger meeting ahead, or addressing a matter related to one of our seven Japan Sub-Groups that work on FAQs, supplier education, tooling and so on. We are still waiting for the final numbers from our December meeting but the trend is expected to continue.
The most interesting development was probably the evolution of activities around August 2019. At this meeting the OpenChain Japan Sub-Work Groups began their work, with seven teams holding their own meetings throughout the remainder of 2018 and into 2019.
Our July 2019 meeting was a major intersection of sub-group outcomes and the wider audience. The next such event is actually the Open Compliance Summit on the 17th and 18th December, and the final OpenChain Japan meeting on the 19th, an opportunity to provide the international audience with a strong overview of developments.
We are looking forward to a productive 2020 and increased collaboration between China, Japan, Korea, India and forthcoming European and American Work Groups. As OpenChain becomes an ISO standard we will seek to make sure all the best knowledge, everywhere, is easy to access.