The GlobalPlatform Advisory Council is a forum which meets twice each year - once in the Spring for a 'strategy session' and once in the Autumn for its 'plenary session'. Advisory Council meetings provide all GlobalPlatform members with the opportunity to engage directly with the Board of Directors, committee chairs, task force chairs, and GlobalPlatform's Technical Director - Gil Bernabeu, and Executive Director - Kevin Gillick. Region-specific Advisory Council meetings are also scheduled, as required, to discuss the specification requirements of a particular geographic area.
The purpose of Advisory Council meetings is to provide a framework for an open dialogue around priority issues. Members are encouraged to share insight and expertise regarding industry trends affecting their business interests, which will also ultimately impact the GlobalPlatform Specifications.
The Spring strategy sessions operate on a three year cycle:
- Year one looks at the short-term roadmap / vision of each task force’s specific technology and market interests.
- In year two, the medium-term (three to five years) roadmap / vision is analyzed for current, and new, technologies and markets.
- Year three in the cycle invites outside entities to join members in brainstorming the long-term (beyond five years) roadmap / vision for current, and new, technologies and markets.
By seeking member feedback at this level and using it to shape the organization's strategic and technical priorities and activities, GlobalPlatform ensures that its specifications always remain relevant and evolve in line with members' needs and market requirements.
The Autumn plenary sessions focus on the key accomplishments of the organization and review the roadmap proposals for the GlobalPlatform Committees, associated working groups and task forces, providing all members with the opportunity to openly discuss the direction and priorities of the organization for the fiscal year ahead. The roadmaps can be viewed on each of the individual committee and task force pages.