Two years ago, a group of companies from seemingly disparate industries met in San Francisco to discuss the possibility of creating an open standard for process automation. With 30 different companies in attendance at that first meeting, the group quickly recognized the commonalities among them and the need for more flexible manufacturing solutions. Soon after, they launched the Open Process Automation™ Forum (OPAF) under the auspices of The Open Group® to begin work toward developing a standard that would address the common pain points manufacturers in process automation face today.
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.
Wednesday, October 31, the third day of The Open Group Singapore event, started with both a TOGAF® User Group Meeting and a morning track session on Security for the Internet of Things (IoT).
Tuesday, October 39, the second day of The Open Group Singapore event, started with a discussion between Steve Nunn, President and CEO of The Open Group, and Dave Hornford, Managing Partner, Conexiam based on the Seven Levers of Digital Transformation White Paper which was published in 2017.
On Monday, October 29, The Open Group kicked off the final event of 2018 in Singapore. The theme of the event is ‘Managing Digital Enterprises’. Set in the magnificent InterContinental Singapore hotel, Steve Nunn, President and CEO of The Open Group, opened proceedings in front of an international audience with attendees from 24 countries including Belgium, India, Japan, New Zealand, and the Philippines.
The Open Group hosted its latest event July 23 – 26 in the Lone Star State at Houston’s Westin Oaks at the Galleria. The theme was ‘Digital Transformation in the Energy Industry’. We welcomed over 200 attendees from 13 countries, including Brazil, China, and the Netherlands.
The Open Group, the vendor-neutral technology standards consortium, is hosting its upcoming event in Houston, Texas, July 23 – 26, 2018. The Open Group Houston 2018 – Digital Transformation in the Energy Industry – will bring together vendors and end user organizations to discuss the development of standards-based and interoperable architecture, with a particular focus on technical and business issues for process automation.
The sun was shining down on the iconic Cutty Sark in London – the celebrated, historic sailing ship and fastest of its time – as delegates of The Open Group Awards arrived at the event on Tuesday evening, April 17.
Following an inspiring first day in Westminster, The Open Group London 2018 continued on Tuesday, April 17th as attendees arrived for another full day of expert speakers and thought-provoking topics.
In beautiful, sunny San Diego, California, The Open Group hosted its latest event January 29 – February 1 at the iconic US Grant Hotel in the lively Gaslamp District. The theme was ‘The Role of Reference Architectures’. We welcomed over 200 attendees from 17 countries – a great first event of the year!
Process automation systems have long been defined by proprietary technical systems. As digitalization continues to create new norms for all industries, manufacturers are beginning to look beyond today’s systems for common technologies that can help them balance requirements for up-time with the ability to take advantage of digital data—and they’re looking to open standards to help them.
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