The Open Group April Virtual Event To Explore The Development and Implementation of Open Digital Standards

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 20, 2021: The Open Group, the vendor-neutral technology standards consortium, is hosting its upcoming “Open Digital Standards” event virtually on April 26-28, 2021. The Open Group Open Digital Standards Event April 2021 will bring together vendors and end-user organizations from across the globe to provide guidance for the development and implementation of open digital standards.

Presentations on Monday will delve into “Open Digital Standards and the Open Professions Program”. The Open Group CEO and President, Steve Nunn and James De Raeve Vice President & General Manager, India will kick off the day by outlining The Open Group Professional Certification Program (Open Professions), a globally recognized credential to enhance an individual’s value and visibility, while enabling organizations to adopt best careers practices. Scott Knupp, Program Director Global CTL Education & IBM Architect Profession Leader, IBM Global Technical Sales will provide a first-hand account of the program, talking attendees through the skills and progression he acquired from participating. 

Continuing on the theme of the day, Monday’s sessions will also deliver a series of user case studies from the Open Professions Program. Speakers from organizations such as Phillips IT and IBM will provide a deeper look at the different certifications of The Open Group – from the Open Certified Architect (Open CA) to the Open Certified Data Scientist (Open CDS).

On Tuesday, attendees will have the opportunity to attend the TOGAF® User Group, which will explore how the TOGAF Standard supports the digital enterprise and Agile practices within organizations. Hani Eskandar, Senior Coordinator Digital Services, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Pallab Saha Chief Architect, The Open Group India will illustrate how the TOGAF Standard is being used for public sector initiatives, looking at how they worked together to enable government architecture in low-resource settings.

Sessions on Wednesday, “Digital Professions Day”, will center on the skills and roles that are required for a digital future. Charles Betz Principal Analyst, Forrester will introduce the day by focusing on the key trends that make up today’s digital-first operating model, including the rapid acceleration of Agile and DevOps capabilities. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from a range of IT leaders on the emerging roles needed for this new operating model and receive advice on how to build a solid foundation for digital transformation.

Key speakers at the event include:

  • Steve Nunn, President & CEO, The Open Group
  • David Lounsbury, Chief Digital Officer, The Open Group
  • Andras Szakal, VP and Chief Technology Officer, The Open Group
  • Sonia Gonzalez, TOGAF® Standard Product Manager, The Open Group
  • Maureen Norton, Chief Analytics Officer & Marketing Intelligence Professional, IBM
  • Peter Beijer, DXC Technologist, DXC Technology Company
  • Juan Pablo, Revello Chief Solutions Architect, AGESIC (Uruguayan Agency for E-Government and Information Society)
  • Paul Homan, CTO for Industrial Sector, IBM Services UK & Ireland
  • Mark Bodman Senior Product Manager, ServiceNow
  • Vishal Kumar, Consultant, EY India
  • Richard Gornitsky President, Full Stack Architecture International

Additional key topics of discussion include:

  • Open Professions Program for the Digital Age – On Monday, The Open Group VP and CTO, Andras Szakal will discuss the growing impact of digital transformation on professional credentialing programs. He will address questions such as how the digital age has influenced how we learn, obtain, and effectively apply skills in an ever-changing environment.
  • The TOGAF Standard Support of Agile Practices – On Tuesday, this session will look at the work of the TOGAF Agile Workgroup, which is focused on creating a playbook describing how leading Agile practices are supported within the TOGAF Standard. As such, the session will discuss the Workgroup’s charter, the Agile practices it is focusing on, and it’s plans for the future.
  • Government Reference Architecture: Uruguay Case Study – On Tuesday, attendees can learn how AGESIC (Uruguayan Agency for E-Government and Information Society) developed a reference architecture framework, based on the TOGAF Standard, for digital services.

Registration details can be found here.



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