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  • Manager, Data-Harmonizing, LLC



    Q: How long have you been involved with The Open Group?

    Since 2003 as an employee of Lockheed Martin, a member of The Open Group at that time. 


    Q. What do you do, and how long have you been doing it?

    My passion is to simplify the integration of data both within and across enterprises. The internally driven passion came about after I led a Lockheed Martin team that analyzed every business process of the company within the Denver operation. The problem that jumped out at me and the team was the lack of a common vocabulary across the business processes.


    Q: Why did your organization become a member of The Open Group and what does your involvement look like? 

    To submit, develop, and promote The Open Group standard that if adopted can simplify the integration of data. Initially, the standard was the Universal Data Element Framework (UDEF) developed while I was an employee of Lockheed Martin. However, recently the standard was revised to become an even better standard, known as the Open Data Element Framework (O-DEF).


    Q: How has membership in The Open Group benefited you, your organization and the industry at large? 

    Membership has enabled me and my organization to promote the O-DEF and to network with those who need to solve a data integration problem.


    Q: What contributions do you hope to bring to The Open Group? 

    To provide documented guidelines in use of the O-DEF standard through the illustration of use cases.


    Q: Why is it important for other organizations to join The Open Group? 

    Many organizations are trying to achieve the Open Group's vision of "Boundaryless Information Flow." The O-DEF is a key standard for making the vision a reality.


    Q: What are your hobbies? 

    I love to fish, play cards, and travel.


    Q: What book are you currently reading? 

    The Bible


    Q.  What social networks do you belong to? 

    LinkedIn and Twitter


    Q: Any last thoughts?  

    All relevant information about The Open Group Open Data Element Framework (O-DEF) standard can be found at


    Information about the services available from Data-Harmonizing, LLC can be found at


    Ronald Schuldt has over thirty years of experience with national and international data standards. He is Chair for The Open Group Open Data Element Framework (O-DEF) Project. He provides training in the use of the O-DEF standard, makes public speaking presentations and offers consulting services in the integration of data.