@stefkeB Good question. This has been debated for some time, including the previous IFC2x3 CV2.0 certification. I don’t think we can come to a definitive conclusion internally because I believe bSI needs more input/feedback from more end users. Personally, I think if more jurisdictions (local, regional, national) required certified software in their contracts for services, then I could see where updating certification for new versions of software might be important. But there has to be a clear value proposition presented to both the users and vendors.
There are a number of questions that have to be asked and answered by the end users (large and small, public and private):
- Is it valuable for end users to have the vendors certify new versions of the software against the previous, but valid, IFC certifications?
- How many versions would this include?
- Should it be EVERY new version, or just a recertification every 3-4 years?
- If so, shouldn’t bSI offer such a “re-certification” at a discount from the original pricing?
- What would be the incentive for the vendors to go through the work (and investment) of recertifying?
In addition, while bSI does continue to sign up and certify new vendors for IFC2x3 CV2.0, that process and platform are somewhat inferior to the new IFC4 platform. Would there be funding to upgrade the old platform and processes to make it easier and faster to (re)certify on the older versions of IFC?