26 days ago

Ethics – Soft and Hard

Professor Luciano @Floridi has recently introduced the concept of Soft Ethics. He wants to make a distinction between ethical judgements that go into laws, regulations and other norms, which he calls Hard Ethics, and ethical judgements that apply and e…

1 month, 2 days ago

The Importance of Trademark Protection

I recently wrote a blog entitled ‘Why the Court of Master Sommeliers Made the Right Decision’ in which I stressed the importance of program integrity in the world of certification. A number of people have asked me subsequently about how The Open Group goes about building our certification programs, and how we achieve and maintain that integrity. Well the short answer is practice and experience!

1 month, 9 days ago

The Open Group Scottsdale 2019 – Event Highlights

By Loren K. Baynes, Director, Global Marketing Communications, The Open Group The Open Group hosted its latest event in the Scottsdale Plaza Hotel, Arizona, January

1 month, 19 days ago

What is a framework?

The term “framework” is much abused. Here’s a statement picked at random from the Internet:”By bringing these key aspects together on a process-oriented strategy, organizations are able to acquire agility and improve the ability to engage on a much mor…

1 month, 28 days ago

Why the Court of Master Sommeliers Made the Right Decision

Some of you may not know this about me, but I’m a wine fan. I don’t just enjoy drinking it, but I also enjoy learning about (and visiting!) the different grapes, and wine regions of the world. Indeed, a good friend of mine is studying for his Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Level 3 exams – not because he wants to work as a sommelier like many who take that course, but for his personal further enjoyment of wine! My wife and I have been on several “educational” wine trips with he and his wife, so I know how hard and how regularly he is studying for these. So when a cheating scandal rocked the world of Master Sommeliers last September, I was doubly curious about what happened, both on a personal and professional level.

2 months, 6 days ago

A Look Back at 2018 and What’s to Come in 2019

For many of us, each new year is an occasion to look back at the previous year’s accomplishments, as well as look forward to what’s to come over the course of the next year. For the past three years since I took over the reins as CEO of The Open Group, I’ve made it a tradition to take advantage of the new year to do just this, as I’m sure many of you do both in your professional and personal lives.

With the passing of each year, I’m always struck not only by how quickly it goes by, but how many new opportunities arise throughout the year for The Open Group that none of us ever could have predicted. What’s nice for me, from where I sit, is that there is no shortage of new opportunities for us as an organization to do what we’ve always done—to help organizations come together to solve their business problems through open standards.