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This year, The Open Group will be co-judging the 2023 Enterprise Architecture Awards. 

As noted in the Forrester press release issued on May 24 - Enterprise Architecture - this award presented in partnership with The Open Group — author of the TOGAF® standard, which was developed by The Open Group Architecture Forum — recognizes technology organizations that excel at outcome-driven enterprise architecture (EA) practices. Organizations must demonstrate how their EA practices help their firms improve business results and drive change and growth.

We encourage all companies that have achieved success in outcome-driven EA practices to participate in the Enterprise Architecture Awards. We are looking forward to seeing the leading-edge cases that showcase the very best EA practices.

Click below to find out more information, and submit your nominations today for the highly anticipated Forrester Enterprise Architecture(EA) Awards for North America, EMEA, and APAC. Submissions are due June 19, 2023.

The Open Group

Leading global standards for Enterprise Architecture and certification for enterprise IT and Business Architecture

The vision of The Open Group® is Boundaryless Information Flow™ achieved through global interoperability in a secure, reliable and timely manner”. The Open Group Architecture Forum mission supports this by:

  • Validating, publishing, fostering, and maintaining best practices for Enterprise Architecture
  • Developing, organizing, researching, and publishing thought leaders in Enterprise Architecture
  • Providing broad and deep leadership to the Enterprise Architect community
  • Initiating and managing programs and projects to support these activities


The work of the Architecture Forum is diverse and includes a wide range of architecture-related topics such as:

EA Domain Level activities

  • Agile Enterprise Architecture

  • Ecosystems Architecture

  • Enterprise Architecture and Sustainability

  • Enterprise Architecture and Innovation Strategy

  • Business Architecture – Open Business Architecture Standard and supporting content

  • Information Technology Architecture - Master Data Management and Business Intelligence and Analytics

  • Application Architecture – Application Value Streams and supporting content

  • Enterprise Architecture and the Digital Enterprise (in collaboration with the Digital Practitioners Work Group)

  • Data Integration Architecture – Data Integration landscape and best practice. Click here to find out more about The Open Group Data Integration Work Group

  • Zero Trust Security Architecture (in collaboration with The Open Group Security Forum)

  • Microservice Architectures

Industry Verticals

  • Commercial Aviation Reference ArchitectureTM

  • Government Reference Architecture

  • Open Healthcare Enterprise Reference ArchitectureTM (developed and maintained by the Healthcare Forum)


All of its work is core to The Architects Toolkit - a portfolio of the most pertinent standards, reference architectures, frameworks, tools and bodies of knowledge used by Enterprise Architects in their work lives.

The Open Group

The TOGAF® Standard is the de facto global standard for Enterprise Architecture. The Open Group Architecture Forum develops and maintains the TOGAF Standard and regularly publishes updates to the Standard and supporting materials. For more details, please visit the TOGAF Standard homepage.

There are several activities and workgroups that develop and improve the TOGAF Standard in line with the changing needs of industry and Enterprise Architects. These provide new materials and maintain the ecosystem of existing documentation. Specific areas of focus currently include;

  • Evolving the TOGAF Standard
  • Agile Enterprise Architecture using the TOGAF Standard
  • TOGAF & the Digital Enterprise
  • Enterprise Information Architecture
  • Using the TOGAF Standard to enable Enterprise Innovation
  • Business Architecture
  • Data Integration Architecture
  • SOA and Microservices Architecture
  • Enterprise Security Architecture


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The Open Group

Get Involved and Gain Influence in Defining Open Standards and Certifications

Being a member of The Open Group gives organizations early access to the latest information and developments regarding open standards and best practices, and enables them to participate in The Open Group’s highly influential Forums and Work Groups. We provide a collaborative, vendor-neutral environment where member representatives can:

  • Network with a world-class community of peers, experts and industry leaders
  • Have early access to information on industry developments
  • Gain insight for future decisions from both major customers and suppliers of IT
  • Influence outcomes that benefit their organizations
  • Grow professionally, and enhance their credibility in the industry
  • Receive education in best practices

Membership FAQs


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The Open Group events are for business and technology professionals interested in achieving business objectives through technology standards. The Open Group organizes conferences, member meetings, industry verticals, webinars, and podcasts on a wide variety of topics.

The Architecture Forum hosts a quarterly members governance session where updates regarding workgroup activities, publications, and certifications are presented. The Forum also host a monthly session that is open for all members to discuss any topics related to the Forum.

Check our events calendar for upcoming events.

The Open Group

Below is an example of publications related to Enterprise Architecture. Full versions and more can be found in the Open Group Library.