SAP joins The Open Group as Platinum Member

by Editor 10/31/2008 2:49:00 PM
German business software company SAP has joined The Open Group as a Platinum Member of the organization.

The Open Group is a vendor-and-technology-neutral consortium focused on open standards and global interoperability within and between enterprises. Other members include such IT industry leaders as EDS, HP, IBM, HSBC and NEC.

Sascha Kuhlmann, global lead, EA Program, SAP, said: “SAP is actively working to drive greater alignment between business and IT through its SAP(R) Enterprise Architecture Framework methodology, which is more flexible and better integrated with current applications and helps organizations adopt SOA.Our extended participation within The Open Group will enable our customers to develop a holistic blueprint across their landscapes based on solutions from SAP and other vendors. We will continue our active involvement in the ongoing development of TOGAF(TM) and the IT Architect Certification (ITAC) program. ITAC, in our view, is tomorrow's standard architecture certification, akin to what PMI is for the program management community today.”

SAP's long-term customer Valero has already created an Enterprise Architecture (EA) team. "EA enables us to react more effectively to our business needs," said Nayaki Nayyar, vice president of Enterprise Architecture and Technical Services at Valero. "SAP's expanded partnership with The Open Group, along with the Business Transformation Consulting group of SAP Consulting and SAP's reference content, can help support more seamless integration between our business and IT landscapes."

SAP will take part in The Open Group’s Architecture Forum and help drive development of TOGAF, the standard for developing information systems architecture. TOGAF is used by over 80 percent of the Forbes Global Top 50 and more than 7,500 experts have been certified on the standard across the globe.

SAP will refine its own architecture methodology as well as contribute the company’s perspective and experience to TOGAF.

Allen Brown, president and chief executive of The Open Group, said: “We are very pleased to welcome SAP into The Open Group as a Platinum Member. The company’s interoperability efforts parallel The Open Group’s and we very much value their history and global influence. We look forward to the expertise of their vast network of enterprise architects supporting efforts toward achieving Boundaryless Information Flow ™ through open standards and global interoperability.”

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