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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.

Architecture Forum
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® Forum
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.
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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 certification programs.

Identity Management Forum
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.

moreJericho Forum®
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.
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Platform Forum
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, POSIX®,  open 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 Forum
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.

Security Forum
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.

  The Forums welcome participation by all interested parties. If you would like to influence the direction and outcome of a Forum, have early access to specifications and participate in defining industry standards, join The Open Group.
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