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V3.1 ASPICE – Acquisition and Supply

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E-Learning Course V3.1 ASPICE – Acquisition and Supply

1 h 15 min
Study Time
6 h 15 min


E-Learning Automotive SPICE® – Supplier Monitoring (40 min)

  • ACQ.4: Supplier Monitoring

E-Learning Automotive SPICE® – Product Release (35 min)

  • SPL.2: Product Release


The target of this course is to understand ASPICE and to get detailed information about the supplier monitoring and the product release.

This course is relevant for everyone how is involved in project management or supplier monitoring. This may also include technical experts who need to include 3rd-party software. If your company works according to Automotive SPICE® you can complete this course to get to know the relevant processes.



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What Are Supplier Monitoring and Product Release?

The version 3.1 of Automotive SPICE® includes 32 processes, which are represented in the process reference model. The processes are divided into 8 groups. In this course the Supplier Monitoring ACQ.4 and the Product Release SPL.2 are covered. The Supplier Monitoring is part of the Acquisition Process Group which contains 7 processes, that all revolve around the customer and supplier interaction. The Product Release SPL.2 is part of the Supply Process Group SPL which in addition to the Product Release also contains Supplier Tendering as a second process.

Why are Supplier Monitoring and Product Release Needed?

ASPICE processes are designed to allow a structured and therefore effective work. This applies not only for the system and software development processes, but also for supplier monitoring which is often crucial for a project success. A system only is as good as its parts and if one supplier fails then this could endanger the full project. The product release is needed for being able to deliver a clearly defined and baselined product which is accompanied by appropriate documentation.

How are Supplier Monitoring and Product Release Related to Embedded Systems?

Within a development project also the suppliers are taking over specific parts of the project. For example, this can include the development of single software functions or full functionalities. For this the supplier interaction has to be clearly defined and described. Joint processes need to be described and established. Interfaces usually include project, requirements, change and configuration management, problem resolution, quality assurance and customer acceptance. The product release is in fact the release of an embedded system including all parts of the embedded system, such as baselined embedded software.

What Can You Learn About Supplier Monitoring and Product Release in the Embedded Academy E-Learning?

In this course we focus on the processes which are relevant for the VDA Scope as the VDA Scope is mandatory for more or less every automotive electronics and software projects. In addition, we consider the processes which will also be relevant for ASPICE 4.0. For the acquisition process group this applies to Supplier Monitoring ACQ.4 as it is part of the VDA Scope and to the Product Release SPL.2 as it will also be relevant for ASPICE 4.0.

At the beginning of the Supplier Monitoring ACQ.4 e-learning the respective process group ACQ is introduced and you get to know the connections between the different processes. The e-learning highlights the connection between different topics. This is particularly helpful for practical application work when processes and relationships need to be understood.

The e-learning on Process Release SPL.2 also starts with the introduction to the Supply Process Group SPL. Within the e-learning you will get to know all the details of the Product Release including process outcomes, work products and more.