The Open Group Continues to Expand Global Reach with Addition of Franchise in India

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Sixth International Franchise Established; in partnership with Capgemini, The Open Group India will Focus on Growing Regional Memberships and Awareness of IT Standards

SAN FRANCISCO, March 2, 2010 – The Open Group, a vendor- and technology-neutral consortium focused on open standards and global interoperability within and between enterprises, today announced that it has signed a Franchise Agreement with Capgemini India, one of the of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, to represent The Open Group in India. The Open Group India is the sixth international franchise formed on behalf of The Open Group, with other franchises located in Arabia, China, France, Japan and South Africa.

Capgemini, serving as The Open Group India, will provide access to localized information and resources for IT specialists and enterprise architecture communities throughout the country. The Open Group India will facilitate local initiatives and events aimed at raising awareness about the role of IT industry standards in achieving global interoperability among enterprises as well as better alignment between IT and business.

“The shift towards a global economy continues, as does the move towards technology touching every aspect of a business. The role and importance of standards and the work of The Open Group is right at the heart of this as is the growth and importance of economies such as India,” said Andy Mulholland, global chief technology officer, Capgemini. “Capgemini views it as a natural extension of these trends to reinforce our existing relationship with The Open Group and to introduce our Indian colleagues as members in their own right.”

"The Enterprise IT market and profession are changing at an unprecedented speed, and India is a key market driving this change. Furthermore, global, open standards are the glue for delivering on the promises of IT on a worldwide scale,” said Ron Tolido, vice-president and chief technology officer of Application Lifecycle Services, Capgemini, and the Capgemini representative to the Open Group Board. “In that context, it makes solid sense for Capgemini to fully embrace The Open Group from its India-based operations. I am excited by the potential of this deep collaboration between The Open Group and Capgemini India and am looking forward to how open standards and the IT profession and market will benefit from it, not only in India but also on a global scale."

“Capgemini is a Platinum Member of The Open Group, and we are delighted that they will be operating The Open Group India franchise,” said Allen Brown, president and CEO for The Open Group. “The establishment of The Open Group India enables us to provide improved opportunities for our members in India to be fully represented in all of our activities globally.”

About The Open Group

The Open Group is a vendor-neutral and technology-neutral consortium, which drives the creation of Boundaryless Information Flow™ that will enable access to integrated information within and between enterprises based on open standards and global interoperability. The Open Group works with customers, suppliers, consortia and other standard bodies. Its role is to capture, understand and address current and emerging requirements, establish policies and share best practices; to facilitate interoperability, develop consensus, and evolve and integrate specifications and open source technologies; to offer a comprehensive set of services to enhance the operational efficiency of consortia; and to operate the industry’s premier certification service. Further information on The Open Group can be found at http://www.opengroup.org.

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