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TOGAF 8 Certification Establishes Market Leadership

SAN FRANCISCO, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Open Group, a vendor- and technology-neutral consortium focused on open standards and global interoperability within and between enterprises, today announced that the number of individuals who have been certified for The Open Group Architecture Framework, TOGAF(TM) 8, has reached more than 5,500 registered practitioners. This reflects an increase of approximately 230 percent compared to the number of practitioners certified in TOGAF during the previous year.

SAN FRANCISCO, April 16 /PRNewswire/ — The Open Group, a vendor- and technology-neutral consortium focused on open standards and global interoperability within and between enterprises, today announced that the number of individuals who have been certified for The Open Group Architecture Framework, TOGAF(TM) 8, has reached more than 5,500 registered practitioners. This reflects an increase of approximately 230 percent compared to the number of practitioners certified in TOGAF during the previous year.

In addition, a recent U.K.-based report, conducted by ITJobsWatch (http://www.itjobswatch.co.uk/jobs/uk/togaf.do), cited salary increases for certified TOGAF practitioners increasing at an annual rate or more than 21 percent. According to the same survey, over 50 percent of permanent IT jobs in the U.K. include TOGAF as a required skill set. Furthermore, average salaries for TOGAF-certified individuals increased by approximately six percent in 2008 over the previous year, while average compensation fell more than eight percent for people with certification and skills in other architecture frameworks (http://www.itjobswatch.co.uk/jobs/uk/zachman%20framework.do).

TOGAF is used by over 80 percent of the Forbes Global Top 50 companies, and has emerged as the definitive framework among Enterprise Architects for developing information systems architectures. TOGAF certification is an assurance program based on the standard, providing four classes of certification: Certified (for individuals), Tool Support, Training and Professional Services. The certification is used by architecture service providers, solutions vendors and individual enterprise architects.

Entering the second quarter of 2008, TOGAF and TOGAF Certification have achieved the following milestones:

— 5,597 individuals have achieved TOGAF Certification — A total of 41,375 copies of TOGAF have been downloaded — TOGAF is used by over 80 percent of the Forbes Global 50 and over 70 percent of the Fortune 50

"In the last couple of years TOGAF has emerged as the de facto standard for developing and implementing Enterprise and IT architecture worldwide," said Allen Brown, president and CEO, The Open Group. "On behalf of The Open Group, I would like to thank all of the certified practitioners and their trainers who have made TOGAF's success a reality. Today's milestone along with the ITJobsWatch findings both validate the continued importance that professional architects and their employers are placing on this standard."

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About TOGAF(TM)

TOGAF, The Open Group Architecture Framework, is an industry standard architecture framework that may be used freely by any organization wishing to develop an information systems architecture for use within that organization.

TOGAF has been developed and continuously evolved since the mid-1990s by representatives of some of the world's leading IT customer and vendor organizations, working in The Open Group's Architecture Forum. Details about the Forum, and its plans for evolving TOGAF in the current year can be found here: http://www.opengroup.org/architecture/

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.

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