In September 2017, The Open Group began working with Acclaim, (a division of Pearson VUE, an exam delivery company), to introduce the concept of “Open Badges” to The Open Group IT4IT™ and Open Certified Architect certification programs. Since then, we have been busy – we have now rolled out this program across our entire certification portfolio and as a result have invited everyone with a current certification with The Open Group to participate. This has resulted in over 20,000 badges being issued, with no surprises that the TOGAF®, a standard of The Open Group, badges are the most popular.
The Open Platform 3.0 Forum is the part of The Open Group that is creating the open technology standards that will enable the free flow of information and support the technological development of Smart Cities.
The Community of Interest on LinkedIn gives us a place where we can share ideas and opinions, post articles that we have written, and share articles that we have seen, which relate to our topics of interest.
In a 2016 blog for The Open Group, we described what really happens when IT is run like a business based upon our recent work at SKF, where we work as Enterprise Architects and IT Strategists. We explained how we became confident to transform the way IT worked with the business to provide value, and what lessons we are learning during our transformation journey. Enterprise Architecture (EA) has been instrumental in that journey, and in this article, we provide some valuable lessons that we have learned on our journey to build an Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM) function to support our digital transformation, and how we used EAM to become and remain relevant during digital disruption.
The Open Group Open Process Automation™ Forum has attracted companies across a wide spectrum of industries, from technology to oil and gas, chemicals manufacturers to food and beverage, minerals and mining to pulp and paper. With many of these industries facing the same technology issues when it comes to digitalization, they have seen a need to come together to explore how open standards can facilitate and address the technical challenges they have in common.
We recently spoke with Dr. Eugene Tung, Director of IT for Merck, about why pharmaceutical companies such as his are interested in open process automation standards and how even open process manufacturing vendors can benefit from them
In October 2015, The Open Group launched a new standard, The Open Group IT4IT™ Reference Architecture, and I personally feel this may have been one of the biggest events when it comes to the history of IT. At last, IT is starting to really mature! Let me tell you why I have this view.
The rapid pace of technology innovation in today’s digital economy means that businesses require a level of agility and responsiveness that cannot be delivered by conventional business strategies and operating models.
This event focused on how Enterprise Architecture and the use of standards from The Open Group, such as TOGAF®, ArchiMate® and IT4IT™ (for managing the business of IT), are empowering companies to build better systems by architecting for digital business strategies.
Topics included: EA and Business Transformation; EA in Government; EA in Healthcare; Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Cities; Risk Management and Cybersecurity; Process Automation; and IT Management.
Lourens Riemens, an Enterprise Architect with the Netherlands Tax & Customs Administration, will be speaking at The Open Group Amsterdam event about how the agency has used ArchiMate®, an Open Group standard, for greater consistency, overview and insight. We spoke to him in advance of the conference to get a preview.
There are a lot of divergent thoughts about specific elements of TOGAF®, an Open Group standard. In conversations, the same thing is mentioned … the Enterprise Continuum. Each version of the TOGAF standard was/is intended to add to the value of the framework based upon best practices used by active Enterprise Architects. These best practices would be selected for use in a given architecture endeavor as appropriate. The TOGAF framework was never intended to be a recipe or step by step prescription.
Corporations are faced with global competition and they need to become more agile and resilient. Enterprise Architects need to rethink how they deliver value more quickly to keep pace of change in need and change in technology. Builders are employing latest techniques in Agile and Dev-Ops. Architects and builders need to continuously think about risk mitigation.
The Open Group hosted over 300 attendees from 17 countries July 17 – 20 for the ‘Making Standards Work® e-Government’ event at the Shaw Centre in Canada’s beautiful capital city, Ottawa. It was a wonderful time to be in the country as Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary!
Another milestone in the TOGAF® 9 certification program! The number of individual certifications in the TOGAF® 9 certification program as of July 24 is 70,131. This represents over 12,000 new certifications in the past twelve-month period. TOGAF continues to be adopted globally with certified individuals from 134 different countries.
Digitalization is forcing the convergence of networks and platforms that have traditionally remained separate. Mobile networks have previously been the domain of telecommunications providers, but as new mobile generations emerge the reach of the network is also becoming an enterprise domain.
We spoke with Thomas Magedanz, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the Technische Universität Berlin and Director of the software-based networks competence center at Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS, about the expectations for 5G networks, why 5G technologies are being tested with Smart Cities applications and how standards can drive the global network interoperability that 5G will require. Thomas was a keynote speaker at The Open Group Berlin 2017 in April.