It’s not confusion, it’s clarity. You are on the very right track. Understand the difference between IETM and IETP.

Let’s not get confused any anymore again with the technical Jargons. Let us come straight to the point.

If it is JSG 0852:2007 then it’s IETM

If it is s1000d then it’s IETP.

Now without understanding the need fully, few OEMs and Labs are asking for s1000d IETM.

“Internet Says s1000d is the latest standard of documentation, hence then we should adopt that” this is a blind concept adopted by few.

“Now Wikipedia says Level -5 is the latest version of IETM, hence now all the OEMs and Labs wants LEVEL -5 IETM.”

Regarding Level -5 IETM whatever Wikipedia says all the vendors and IETM service providers have copy-pasted or changed the language and claiming to do IETM Level-5.

Actually, Level 5 deals with advanced keyword search and artificial intelligence, which is not required at this point and it’s too costly to implement too.

Coffee or TEA? Select one (JSG or s1000d)

If your RFQ / SCOPE says IETM, then it has to be IETM developed as per JSG 0852: 2001 ONLY.

S1000d is Not an IETM. It’s an IETP Interactive electronic Technical Publication and it is not as per JSG 0852:2001 standards.

If your RFQ/Scope says IETM as per S1000D AND JSG 0852:2001 Then ask your client to edit the specifications. Your client must have read over the internet and mixed the knowledge and prepared their SCOPE.

It is like a Coffee and TEA. You cannot make Coffee with Tea powder.

If someone is asking for IETM as per S1000D AND JSG 0852:2001 means, Coffee made with Tea powder and expecting to get a Coffee aroma.

Either drink coffee or else drink TEA.

This means either go for JSG or S1000d

Now, the big question is do we really need s1000d?

Well, to be honest, not really.

S1000d mostly suits to airline industry where every part has a unique number may it be AIRBUS, BOEING BUSINESS JETS, BOMBARDIER AEROSPACE, CESSNA AIRCRAFT. Parts and part numbers are the same.

In s1000d documentation, every part is developed as a standalone module/document (data Module). While delivering a document, they compile all dat
a modules and deliver.

And all these companies have their own s1000d suit which costs around 100 crores. They maintain a centralized repository. They maintain their own software which takes care of publishing, document management.

In our context, it won’t suit our needs and purpose. To maintain s1000d, even Clients must have an s1000d master suite, and all the s1000d publications supplied by various OEMs/ Vendors will sit in that master tool.

For that client has to share BREX, business rules to vendors, and guidelines to all vendors so that all the documents will sit properly in the client’s S1000d suit.
This is needed when the system has around 2 lakhs of documents to share.

And its commercially very costly solution. I say, IETM costs you 20 lakhs then S1000d costs you 80 Lakhs.
It has been promoted and hyped by European S1000d suit selling companies.

It is just a concept of selling “Iodized salt” and “refined oil”. We really don’t need them, still because advertisements said, Big MNCs have influenced and scared the people, and people are forced to use them.

Original Chinese Fried Rice Vs Indian Version of Fried rice.

Now, when a client approaches for s1000d, then Indian companies can’t say NO. Then they have adopted an Indianised version of s1000d. People are coming up with Local solutions which are nowhere matches with s1000d.

To give a very simple example, let’s take the example of “Chicken Fried Rice”, a Chinese recipe. You eat that in china or the restaurants that serve genuine “Chinese food”

Now order the same from our colony vendors. They Indianise the recipe. Indian street food cook will add red Mirchi powder, Daniya, Turmeric, Ginger, Garlic and all Indian spices along with Soya sauce and adds chopped deep-fried Manchurian pieces, chopped coriander, onion, and lemon slices and adds egg and names it as “Chicken fried rice”

S1000d says XML as a deliverable, Vendors are giving XML. But it’s no way meets the s1000d requirements.

By the way, does code and Pixels has s1000d?

Now, immediately you might gave got a question that, Does code and Pixels have the solution for s1000d?

Our answer is YES. We do have. Not the Indian version of S1000d but the Actual European version of s1000d.

We have purchased the S1000d Author Studio from western countries for one of the s1000d Project.

We are not an Anti S1000d, but we strongly believe that as of now, don’t need s1000d at this point.

Having said this, being a software supplier, it’s always demand VS supply.

In simple language, as a shopkeeper, we are aware that Iodized salt or refined oil does not really help, still, the shopkeeper has to put them on display. Demands and Supply principle implies.

Yes, definitely s1000d has advantages, but IETM Level -4 is economic and fast and the need of the hour.

But, it has not matured enough technology to be adopted in the Indian context.

JSG 0852:2007, defined by the Indian steering committee is need of the hour

If the actual equipment cost is 2 crore, making s1000d IETM costs you 50 lakhs. Is it not funny and pathetic?

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