Providers offer and operate different solutions to enable partners to participate in the Catena-X Data Space. These solutions range from enablement services, such as providing technical access to the data space to commercial business applications to solve specific industry problems.
Successfully onboarding the providers of enablement services and business applications is a fundamental requirement to realize network effects that are key for scaling the Catena-X Data Space. Provisioning of Catena-X enabled solutions, access to new markets, and becoming a source of knowledge in the Catena-X operating environment, are strong arguments to become a certified provider.
Thus, we accompany solution providers in the process from identifying participation pre-requisites to listing their solution on Catena-X Marketplaces. As a first step towards onboarding, we designed a dedicated Onboarding Guide for application and service providers, including an Onboarding Journey that outlines necessary steps and requirements to become part of the Catena-X Data Space.
Companies planning to submit solutions on Catena-X Marketplaces will have their own internal governance processes with pre-defined roles and responsibilities. Nevertheless, three roles are introduced that were generalized to guide the onboarding process, which should be interpreted in the context of the individual organization.
We welcome your feedback on the process or the material provided which you can address to our contact persons in the development consortium. If you would also like to actively participate and get a deeper understanding of the process, please feel free to contact our Customer Panel with the reference "Solution Provider".
In the following, we provide information for solution providers, to accelerate and ease their onboarding to Catena-X. With these you can inform yourself in advance or use them as an accompaniment during the onboarding process.
In the above figure, we have visualized the onboarding process for Application and Service Providers to release their solution on Catena-X Marketplaces. This process is referred to as the Application and Service Provider Journey and consists of four main phases that will be detailed below. Within each of these phases sub-chapters can found, which also correlate to the provided Onboarding Guide. This figure, accordingly, serves as a representation of the steps mentioned in the guide and helps to understand the process, tailored to suggested company roles. Detailed tasks within these steps may differ between Application and Service Providers, due to their individual solution offering. Visualized in grey are external responsibilities by the Conformity Assessment Body and certified Operating Companies. The criteria of these tasks need to be considered to comply with Catena-X standards to offer the individual solution on the marketplaces.
Step 1 - Decision to become a Catena-X Solution Provider
The Catena-X Marketplaces offer opportunities for companies in the automotive value chain and their partners to discover and access innovative solutions that enable data exchange. With provisioning of interoperable and secure solutions that comply to Catena-X standards, Enablement Service Providers and Business Application Providers will support data space participants to comply with standards and ensure secure data exchange. This chapter highlights principles of Catena-X to foster new interactions among participants, creating a network effect that unlocks new market potentials. These interactions, in turn, create incentives for providers to develop solutions based on Catena-X standards.
Step 2 - Solution Development and Adaption
Solutions offered on Catena-X Marketplaces are required to fulfill specific standards, they may vary depending on the use case. Following these standards is a must to equalize given parts of functionality across different applications and realize shared semantic models. This section of the guide elaborates on these standards and references useful sources to view most recent standards. In addition, KITs are elaborated on as a helpful tool for companies to ease and accelerate solution development. Thus, project Eclipse Tractus-X is explained, which provides information on recent reference implementations and useful resources.
Step 3 - Catena-X Solution Certification
The certification process of Catena-X ensures that solutions are aligned with Catena-X principles such as data sovereignty and interoperability. Solution providers, accordingly, must consider this process, since only certified solutions can be offered on Catena-X Marketplaces.
Step 4 - Solution Submission and Catena-X Marketplace Operation
Catena-X Marketplaces are accessed by a Catena-X Portal. Solution providers, therefore, must register with one of the operators of the data space to access the functionalities of solution releases. This section of the guide explains the steps to be followed to offer a solution on Catena-X Marketplaces by elaborating on an examplary solution publishing process. The first operator of a Catena-X Marketplace is Cofinity-X.
Are you ready to offer your Application or Services within the Catena-X Ecosystem? These are your next steps and contacts:
- Reach out to the Catena-X Association to apply for certification (hanno.focken[@]catena-x[.]net, https://catena-x.net/en/catena-x-introduce-implement/certification)
- After approval by the Conformity Assessment Body (CAB), register with one of the operating companies. Current contact towards the first operating company: Cofinity-X
- Then you can start the release process of your solution via the respective Catena-X Marketplace.
Managing Director Value Creation & Technology
This guide serves providers of Enablement Services and Business Applications to familiarize themselves with the frame conditions that are required to successfully develop and offer a solution on Catena-X Marketplaces.