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Sun Microsystems Joins Other Industry Leaders as Platinum Member of The Open Group

SAN FRANCISCO, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Open Group, a vendor- and technology-neutral consortium focused on open standards and global interoperability within and between enterprises, today announced that Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: JAVA) has joined other IT industry leaders, Capgemini, EDS, HP, HSBC, IBM and NEC, as a Platinum Member of the organization. In this capacity, Sun will play a leading role in advancing best practices, standards and professional certification programs related to enterprise architects and IT Specialists, including The Open Group's Architecture Framework (TOGAF(TM)), IT Architect Certification (ITAC) and the IT Specialist Certification (ITSC).

SAN FRANCISCO, March 13 /PRNewswire/ — The Open Group, a vendor- and technology-neutral consortium focused on open standards and global interoperability within and between enterprises, today announced that Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: JAVA) has joined other IT industry leaders, Capgemini, EDS, HP, HSBC, IBM and NEC, as a Platinum Member of the organization. In this capacity, Sun will play a leading role in advancing best practices, standards and professional certification programs related to enterprise architects and IT Specialists, including The Open Group's Architecture Framework (TOGAF(TM)), IT Architect Certification (ITAC) and the IT Specialist Certification (ITSC).

"Sun is committed to supporting open source and open standards as fundamental catalysts that help communities form and thrive. The Open Group and its members play an important role in advancing the standards and best practices required to enable Boundaryless Information Flow(TM) for today's highly distributed global business climate," said James Hollingshead, vice president, Systems Engineering, Sun Microsystems. "As a Platinum Member, Sun looks forward to active participation in Open Group initiatives related to enterprise architecture and the IT Specialist profession, such as TOGAF, ITAC and ITSC, as well as continuing our long standing participation in the UNIX(R) certification program."

As a Platinum Member, Sun Microsystems will be a contributor to the Architecture Forum's continued success, which developed and continues to evolve The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF), an industry standard that may be used freely by any organization wishing to develop its own in- house enterprise architecture.

"For the last 25 years Sun Microsystems and innovation have gone hand in hand," said Allen Brown, president & CEO of The Open Group. "We've had the pleasure of working with Sun for much of The Open Group's history and are thrilled to have them on board as a Platinum Member once again. Their rich history of innovation and ongoing contributions to the Architecture Forum will be of significant value to the global IT community."

For more information on The Open Group, please visit: http://www.opengroup.org/member/.

About The Open Group

The Open Group is a vendor-neutral and technology-neutral consortium, which drives the creation of Boundaryless Information Flow(TM) that will enable access to integrated information within and between enterprises based on open standards and global interoperability. The Open Group works with customers, suppliers, consortia and other standard bodies. Its role is to capture, understand and address current and emerging requirements, establish policies and share best practices; to facilitate interoperability, develop consensus, and evolve and integrate specifications and open source technologies; to offer a comprehensive set of services to enhance the operational efficiency of consortia; and to operate the industry's premier certification service. Further information on The Open Group can be found at http://www.opengroup.org.

Note to Editors: Boundaryless Information Flow and TOGAF are trademarks of The Open Group. UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open Group in the US and other countries. All other company, brand and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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