Rapidly increasing digitalization presents standardization with new challenges. The needs of our stakeholders have changed and will continue to change – often at a fast pace. Yet at the same time, digitalization presents new opportunities for the development and provision of standards. It is essential that we face these new challenges head-on and take advantage of the opportunities to best meet the needs of our stakeholders in the future as well. If we don't do it, others certainly will.

Therefore the focus of the Open Session and the Open Zone at the ISO week in Germany was layed on four main topics that seem particularly important for the future viability of our organizations.