26 days ago

Sitting Down with Michelle Horrobin – Digital Portfolio Forum Director, The Open Group

By Ash Patel, Marketing Specialist, The Open Group.

Recently we reached out to Michelle Horrobin, Digital Portfolio Director for The Open Group, to discuss her role, updates within her forum and lots more. Thank you again to Michelle for her time and for giving us an insight into her forum at large. Please see the full interview below:

1 month, 9 days ago

Sitting Down with Tony Black (Healthcare/Life Sciences Technical Leader for Kyndryl) – Newly Elected Governing Board Member

By Ash Patel – Marketing Specialist, The Open Group. Following the recent Washington, D.C. event, we reached out to Tony Black, to discuss his new role as a Newly Elected Member for The Open Group Governing Board. We are very pleased to have him on board with us and look forward to seeing the impact he makes for the Governing Members.

1 month, 30 days ago

The Open Group Event Highlights – July 25-27, 2022 – Washington DC

In late July, The Open Group hosted an event bringing together speakers and practitioners from around the world to meet in Washington, DC at the historical Mayflower Hotel, and discuss some of today’s most vital topics in the area of security and resiliency. 

With a focus on Zero Trust Architecture and Supply Chain Security, leaders from businesses including Microsoft, IBM, Micro Focus, and ServiceNow joined experts from public sector organizations like NIST and NASA, together with representatives from The Open Group itself, to explore how open standards are driving important developments and actionable insights in these important and developing topics.

3 months, 25 days ago

Create end-to-end integration of tools and data for flow, insight, and traceability

Businesses seeking to achieve an unrivaled competitive advantage should take a hard look at their data management strategy. Data-driven decisions are faster, more reliable, and less costly when there is effective information flow and trust between all stakeholders. Enterprise Architects, Digital Practitioners, Sponsors, and Vendors gain superior business insight and planning abilities from using the IT4IT™ Reference Architecture, a standard of The Open Group, to improve data quality, transparency, and accessibility.

4 months, 2 days ago

The IT4IT™ Standard Streamlines Plug-and-Play Adoption of Business Tools

Imagine a technology implementation strategy that works harmoniously for both you as the customer and your suppliers. Whether you’re an Enterprise Architect, Digital Practitioner, Sponsor, or Vendor, it’s not as impossible as it seems when you’re utilizing the IT4IT™ Reference Architecture, a standard of The Open Group and a game-changing foundation for digital systems professionals.
We set out to solve the most common and most costly implementation issues, which include managing a complex landscape of different processes and tools, multi-vendor integration, automation, and end-to-end support.

4 months, 9 days ago

The IT4IT™ Reference Architecture is a Digital Product Blueprint for Cost Savings and Automation

By The Open Group

How many failed and de-railed technology solution implementations has your company been through? It’s past time to reevaluate your digital transformation strategy. Become the hero of your business by implementing a standardized operational backbone that saves money, automates processes, and reduces the waste and friction in your current technology solutions to keep you moving forward ahead of your competitors efficiently and effectively.

4 months, 22 days ago

Enterprise Architecture is a ‘Foundation Skill’ for the Engineering Students

By Satya Misra, Associate Director, HCL Technologies
Can you envisage a business that has no clear idea of what it has to work with and how it will achieve crucial goals? Sounds bizarre right! But this is very likely to happen due to the lack of skilled people who can understand and align business goals with a technical strategy and architecture that’s capable of supporting the current needs. This introduces us to an imperative discipline, Enterprise Architecture, which is considered a silver bullet by most organizations. 

6 months, 10 days ago

“All Standards are Wrong”?

By Kees van den Brink, Senior Manager Platform Architect, ServiceNow.

This blog title is derived from the famous quote by George E.P. Box from his paper “Science and Statistics”:

Box made this statement in relation to the use of statistical models by scientists, but I’ve found that it applies equally well to the use of open standards by enterprise architects and other digital practitioners.

Key take away from this blog:
o Standards can be useful when you:
o Learn and adopt from what makes sense
o Reject what does not fit
o Want to know more: Read “The Turning Point: A Novel about Agile Architects Building a Digital Foundation”


Frankly, standards can be very helpful and are necessary, like the TCP/IP standard, or even old standards such as the Baudot Code (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baudot_code), which helped early instances of what would later be called telecommunications companies grow fast, or the ISO Standards, which help with interoperability.

However, there are a lot of lesser-known standards that are not getting such broad adoption. Examples that come to mind are the IT4IT™ Standard, TOGAF® Standard, BIZBOK®, etc.

6 months, 16 days ago

Are Standards “The Turning Point” for Agility?

I consider open standards a huge time saver when getting started on any architecture engagement. I would like to start a conversation here about the use of architecture standards for agility in a digital transformation. In the comments, would you please answer the following question?:

Which standards have you tried using, to solve which problems, and what benefits did you receive?

To get this started, here are some of the standards we opted to include in a book I recently co-authored with Kees van Brink and Sylvain Marie called, “The Turning Point: A Novel about Agile Architects Building a Digital Foundation.” The novel tells the story of Enterprise Architects and other characters in a company who recently went through a merger and who use several standards together to accelerate a Digital Transformation, including these standards from The Open Group

7 months, 20 days ago

The Open Group Event Highlights  – January 31-February 2, 2022

Open Standards & Platforms for Operationalizing COP26

Since August 2020, The Open Group has been working with member organizations to create an open standard for tracking environmental footprint data, unifying data recording, processing, and sharing across industries. We are making progress towards a vision of making it possible to automate the calculation of greenhouse gas data – and, eventually, data such as water usage and landfill – giving companies real-time, reliable insight into their impact. The Open Group is now focused on Open Standards and Platforms for Operationalizing COP26.

Why Attend: Solving the climate crisis demands clearer conversations, stronger leadership buy-in, better training, greater support, and more forceful deadlines. We get there by collaboration through data and open standards.
Digital Practitioners Day

The Open Framework for the Digital Enterprise – Learn about next steps in delivering the playbook for the digital enterprise using consistent and self-supporting guidance by Digital Practitioners:

Common Vocabulary and Roles: A set of reusable, cross-standard definitions for terms and roles, curated by member consensus:
Digital Competencies: DPBoK™ Standard – a coherent, self-consistent framework of digital competencies based on organization scale
Digital Product Control & Accountability: IT4IT™ Standard v3 – Managing the Digital Product to provide a single, simple, unifying element to manage IT and “smart” products and services
Architecting the Digital Enterprise: Open Agile Architecture™ Standard – an outcome-based, product-centered approach to enable enterprises to respond to customer needs in a nimble and Agile manner

In 2022, this content will be made publicly available to standards adopters, along with improvements for both standards adopters, and our valued standards creator community. Stay tuned for a Sneak Peek of this digital platform and initial content.
Data Science Community of Interest

The Open Group has established an open Data Science Community of Interest, which is open to both Members of The Open Group and non-members. This group provides those with an interest in Data Science with an open forum in which to discuss Data Science topics of interest, and with opportunities to learn from others. The Data Science Community of Interest is hosting case studies and workshops at this event.

To stay informed, we invite you to indicate your interest at The Open Group Data Science Community of Interest – or – to join our LinkedIn group.

Our Open Certified Data Scientist (Open CDS) certification program is the industry’s most comprehensive certification available for Data Scientists and the organizations that employ them. Open CDS is an independent global certification for qualifying the skills, knowledge, and experience of Data Scientists.

10 months, 29 days ago

The Open Group Virtual Event Celebrates 25 Years of Open Technology Standards October 25-27, 2021- Highlights

Last week, The Open Group Open Digital Standards October 2021 brought together organizations and speakers from across the world to discuss how the cross-industry development of open standards is helping businesses become digital-first. The global event was hosted in Brazil, China, India, Japan, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States. The event commemorated The Open Group 25th anniversary – acknowledging and reminiscing the remarkable achievements in the technology standards arena. Over 2,600 attendees from more than 100 countries gathered virtually to to share in the celebration and learn more about open technology standards.

1 year, 4 months ago

The Open Group ‘Open Digital Standards’ Virtual Event April 26 – 28, 2021 – Highlights Blog

As organizations across all industries strive to become Digital First, open standards are more important than ever for providing the necessary frameworks and career development tools to drive transformation progress.

This week, our ‘Open Digital Standards’ Virtual Event April 26-28 brought together experts from across the globe to provide guidance for the creation and implementation of open digital standards. It was fantastic to see 1,300 attendees from more than 85 countries gather virtually to discuss various approaches and best practices for making sense of the evolving business landscape and delivering digital products and services.