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About Us - What We Do

The Open Group: Leading the development of open, vendor-neutral technology standards and certifications

The Open Group is a global consortium that enables the achievement of business objectives through technology standards. Our diverse membership of more than 900 organizations includes customers, systems and solutions suppliers, tool vendors, integrators, academics, and consultants across multiple industries.

  • Vision and Mission


    Boundaryless Information Flow™ achieved through global interoperability in a secure, reliable and timely manner


    The mission of The Open Group is to drive the creation of Boundaryless Information Flow™ achieved by:

    • Working with customers to capture, understand and address current and emerging requirements, establish policies, and share best practices
    • Working with suppliers, consortia and standards bodies to develop consensus and facilitate interoperability, to evolve and integrate specifications and open source technologies
    • Offering a comprehensive set of services to enhance the operational efficiency of consortia
    • Developing and operating the industry's premier certification service and encouraging procurement of certified products
  • Our Services

    The Open Group offers an effective methodology to form and govern standards initiatives and to develop standards and certification programs

    With decades of experience and a proven track record of launching and managing successful certification and standards programs, The Open Group’s experts tailor the process to each initiative’s specific needs. We partner with groups to launch and manage certification programs with credibility and maximum market impact. Our internationally recognized process provides a commercially and legally sound foundation for the formation and governance of standards initiatives and special interest groups that accelerates the path to success.

    Develop Certification Programs

    New Standards Initatives for Industry

    Test Suites

    • UNIX®
    • POSIX®
    • Embedded Systems
    • Other Test Suites
  • Licensing: Commercial and Non-Commercial

    Licensing The Open Group Standards

    The Open Group licenses use of a number of its standards, including the TOGAF® Standard, the ArchiMate® Specification, the IT4IT™ Reference Architecture, and the Open FAIR™ Body of Knowledge.

    License options include corporate and academic licenses for non-commercial use, as well as commercial licenses for those using the standards for commercial purposes. Non-commercial licenses are required where the standards are used within an end user organization. Commercial licenses are required of those organizations using the standards for commercial purposes. This generally includes trainers, consultants, and software tools providers using the standards for commercial purposes.

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  • Technology Standards

    The Open Group members lead the development of technology standards

    The Open Group works with customers and suppliers of technology products and services, and with consortia and other standards organizations to capture, clarify and integrate current and emerging requirements, establish standards and policies, and share best practices. Our standards ensure openness, interoperability and consensus.

    The Open Group Standards Process defines the procedures for key tasks with The Open Group Standards Development activities. This is where we begin to visualize your requirements and make them into Standards.

    Standards Process

    • Purpose
    • Principles
    • Standards Development Process (Core and Supporting Processes)

    Company Review Process

    is the formal process by which The Open Group measures consensus around a document in order to become a standard of The Open Group.

    Standards Information Base (SIB)

    is structured according to the Service Categories in the TOGAF Technical Reference Model.