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The Open Group Announces Key Milestones, Membership Growth Related to Enterprise Architecture

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The Open Group, a vendor- and technology-neutral consortium focused on open standards and global interoperability within and between enterprises, today announced several milestones related to enterprise architecture initiatives within the organization and membership overall. In the quarter ending June 30 alone, 21 new members joined the organization. New members, representing a diverse set of companies across numerous industries, include Deloitte Consulting LLC, Discover Financial, Principal Financial Group, Rio Tinto, Symantec and Kingdee, the organization's first Gold Member Company from China.

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ — The Open Group, a vendor- and technology-neutral consortium focused on open standards and global interoperability within and between enterprises, today announced several milestones related to enterprise architecture initiatives within the organization and membership overall. In the quarter ending June 30 alone, 21 new members joined the organization. New members, representing a diverse set of companies across numerous industries, include Deloitte Consulting LLC, Discover Financial, Principal Financial Group, Rio Tinto, Symantec and Kingdee, the organization's first Gold Member Company from China.

The Open Group's initiatives for advancing professional excellence within the field of enterprise architecture, in particular, continue to draw interest from both practitioners as well as companies seeking architectural frameworks that will bring together the business and technical needs of their organizations. For example, The Open Group's quarterly Architecture Practitioner's Conference (APC) series has become a standard for conferences within the profession with more than 6,000 individuals attending since their inception five years ago. This fall, The Open Group will host its 20th APC in Munich, October 20-22, and in 2009 the organization will host its first conference in China.

Additional enterprise architecture-related milestones reached during the first half of this year include:

— Widespread global adoption of TOGAF(TM) as the de facto standard method for enterprise architecture, including certified practitioners in 67 countries — More than 7,500 individuals worldwide who are TOGAF(TM) 8 certified — Certification of more than 2,600 people under The Open Group's IT Architect Certification Program (ITAC) — Expanded membership of the Association of Open Group Enterprise Architects (AOGEA) to more than 8,000 members in less than two years, including chapters in the U.S., Canada, India and Australia

"The state of The Open Group and the state of enterprise architecture are very good right now as evidenced by just how far both the profession and attendance at our global events have come in the past five years," said Allen Brown, President and CEO, The Open Group. "The tremendous adoption for our certification programs, such as TOGAF(TM) and ITAC, and the fast-growing membership of the AOGEA confirm that our objective of elevating enterprise architecture to the status of an industry recognized profession reflects both what individual practitioners and global organizations need."

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.

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