The Open Group is largely a federation
of semi-autonomous forums that confront major barriers to enterprise
integration, and enable their members to guide development
and adoption of industry directives and standards. Covering
a range of technical, business, legal and regulatory issues,
each forum addresses a specific functional area, and provides
a neutral platform to meet others with similar issues and work
together on best practices. Each Forum is lead by a Forum Director,
a specialist with thorough knowledge of their subject, and
access to the vendor and user community.
The Architecture Forum focuses on development of
open methods and tools for IT architecture at the enterprise
level. It developed and is evolving a comprehensive, open,
enterprise architecture framework and methodology – TOGAF. In
response to the industry’s growing demand to standardize
skills of IT architects, it is also supporting the establishment
of an IT Architect certification program, which will provide
a foundation for trust between suppliers and customers.
ArchiMate is an open and independent modelling language for enterprise architecture, supported by different tool vendors and consulting firms. ArchiMate provides instruments to support enterprise ArchiMatearchitects in describing, analyzing and visualizing the relationships among business domains in an unambiguous way. ArchiMate offers a common language for describing the construction and operation of business processes, organizational structures, information flows, IT systems, and technical infrastructure. This insight helps stakeholders to design, assess, and communicate the consequences of decisions and changes within and between these business domains.
Enterprise Management Forum
The Enterprise Management
Forum works to develop a common manageability infrastructure
that can be used by both applications developers and management
system vendors to create an open management environment for
complex solutions. The Forum provides both specifications
and open source reference implementations to enable the creation
of such environments, along with applicable test suites and
The Identity Management Forum focuses on promoting
effective, open standards-based identity management, which
allows the right information to reach the right people, and
is a prerequisite for enabling Boundaryless Information Flow™.
The Forum members are active in a wide range of areas, from
analyzing requirements to promoting best practices and education.
Jericho Forum is the leading international IT security thought-leadership association dedicated to advancing secure business in a global open-network environment. Members include top IT security officers from multi-national Fortune 500s & entrepreneurial user companies, major security vendors, government, & academics. Working together, members drive approaches and standards for a secure, collaborative online business world.
The Platform Forum standardizes the platform infrastructure
on which applications can be built. Focus is on open standards
for operating systems, including the UNIX® system,
source operating systems such Linux® and BSD, real-time
systems and network computing. The Forum is also the specification
authority for The Open Group's UNIX certification program.
Real-time & Embedded Systems
The Real-time and Embedded Systems Forum defines,
coordinates, integrates and prioritizes real-time and embedded
systems standards based on use of various existing architectural
approaches. The Forum also defines test suites and certification
programs for products adhering to these standards to enable
the proliferation of conformant real-time and embedded systems.
The Security Forum works to raise industry confidence
levels by defining standards and guidelines to counter the
whole range of security risks and vulnerabilities. The Forum
looks at both the business and technical perspectives in
its Manager’s and Technical Guides.
Trusted Technology Forum
This is a global consortium established to support the adoption of best practices for secure technology engineering and procurement strategies in order to develop a more trustworthy global technology supply chain.