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What We Do - 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 within The Open Group Standards development activities.

The following Standards Process guidance handbooks are available to read online or can be downloaded individually at:

The Open Group Standards are published in The Open Group Library.

  • Dependability through Assuredness™ (O-DA) Framework

  • The O-DA standard defines a Framework and guidance for developing an Assured and/or Dependable Architecture. The Framework provides Architects with a conceptual model.

  • Enterprise Architecture

    The Open Group Enterprise Architecture standards include the TOGAF® framework - the defacto global standard for Enterprise Architecture, O-BA, the Open Business Architecture standard, and the ArchiMate® modeling language that enables  enterprise architects to describe, analyze and visualize the relationships among business domains in an unambiguous way.

    ArchiMate® Modeling Language

    Business Architecture

    TOGAF® Framework

  • Enterprise Management

    The Open Group Enterprise Management standards address the development of a common manageability infrastructure that can be used by both application developers and management system vendors to create an open environment in which complex solutions can be constructed without artificial barriers to their management.

  • IT4IT™

    The Open Group IT4IT™ Reference Architecture standard comprises a reference architecture and a value chain-based operating model for managing the business of IT.

  • Open Platform 3.0™

    The Open Platform 3.0 standards specify interoperable application platforms that will enable enterprises to gain business benefit from new technologies, including cloud computing, mobile computing, social computing, big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

  • Real-time & Embedded Systems

    The Open Group Real-time & Embedded Systems standards address the development of architecture methods and models for multiple levels of assurance with sufficient evidence, connecting architecture to engineering to mitigate risk and ensure dependability.

  • Service-Oriented Architecture

    The Open Group develops SOA open standards to assist business and information technology professionals within and outside The Open Group to understand and adopt SOA.

    The Open Group SOA standards and guides are included in the SOA Source Book and are available from The Open Group Library. They include:

    Visit our SOA Standards Discussion Forum to find out more about our Guides and Standards, or to ask questions.

    For more details on our activities, see the SOA Work Group or join the group.

  • Trusted Technology

    The Open Group Trusted Technology standards enhance the security of the global supply chain and the integrity of COTS ICT products. They provide a set of best practices that help assure specifically against maliciously tainted and counterfeit products throughout the COTS ICT product life cycle encompassing the following phases: design, sourcing, build, fulfilment, distribution, sustainment, and disposal.

  • UNIX®

    The Open Group UNIX standards offer the most stable, portable and cost effective applications development environment for a wide range of platforms from mobile devices to mainframes. For end user enterprises, procuring certified UNIX systems ensures the highest level of availability, scalability and maintainability for those who want to focus on their business with confidence in their IT.