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Industry Leaders to Headline The Open Group&aposs 20th Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conference in Munich

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Open Group, a vendor- and technology-neutral consortium focused on open standards and global interoperability within and between enterprises, today announced its line-up of speakers for the 20th Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conference. Ron Tolido, CTO of Continental Europe & Asia Pacific, Capgemini, and Peter Hustinx, Data Protection Supervisor, European Commission, will deliver keynote speeches at the conference, to be held October 20-22, 2008 at the ArabellaSheraton Grand Hotel Munchen in Munich.

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ — The Open Group, a vendor- and technology-neutral consortium focused on open standards and global interoperability within and between enterprises, today announced its line-up of speakers for the 20th Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conference. Ron Tolido, CTO of Continental Europe & Asia Pacific, Capgemini, and Peter Hustinx, Data Protection Supervisor, European Commission, will deliver keynote speeches at the conference, to be held October 20-22, 2008 at the ArabellaSheraton Grand Hotel Munchen in Munich.

Additional speakers for the conference will address both enterprise architecture and secure architectures, particularly related to the increasing application of Web 2.0 and cloud computing technologies within large globally distributed businesses. Conference highlights include:

— Gartner Research Director Carsten Casper will present on Web 2.0 Security; — Steve Whitlock, Chief Information Security Architect at Boeing US, will discuss the dual need for rights management standards and information metadata/tagging standards; — Microsoft Principal Architect Mike Walker will present on visualizing architecture patterns; and — Eric Boulay, President Directeur General, Arismore, will lead a workshop and roundtable on teaching EA in higher education — Stuart Macgregor, chief executive, and Paul van der Merwe, consulting manager, Real IRM, speaking together on enterprise architecture governance

The Open Group's Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conference series, now in their fifth year, are globally recognized events created by and for enterprise architecture practitioners to examine a wide variety of topics currently affecting the architecture profession. The Munich event will focus on how different aspects of Security Architecture contribute vital roles in delivering safe and secure enterprise architectures. The conference will also include additional parallel speaking tracks that will cover key security challenges facing enterprises today; including, the roles of security and enterprise architects in working with business stakeholders to create architectures that meet business goals; the impact of SCA and Web 2.0 architectures on security architectures; and guidance for best practices and standards development for security architectures.

"Building security into the complex architectures that organizations have today is one of the most crucial issues facing enterprise architects," said Allen Brown, president and CEO, The Open Group. "The Open Group is pleased to be able to help facilitate industry discussion around the issue of secure architectures by bringing together the world's foremost experts, analysts and vendors at our 20th Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conference in Munich."

Registration, Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities

Registration is open to both members and non-members of The Open Group. For more information, or to register for the conference in Munich please visit: http://www.opengroup.org/munich2008/register.htm.

Registration is free for members of the press and industry analysts.

The Open Group also offers various sponsorship and exhibit opportunities. For more information, please visit: http://www.opengroup.org/munich2008/sponsor-exhibit.htm.

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.

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