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The Open Group Names Len Fehskens Vice President and Global Professional Lead for Enterprise Architecture
Sep 26, 2007 (08:09 AM EDT)

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Open Group, a vendor- and technology-neutral consortium focused on open standards and global interoperability within and between enterprises, today announced the appointment of Len Fehskens to vice president and global professional lead for Enterprise Architecture. With over 40 years of experience in the IT industry as both an individual practitioner and manager, Mr. Fehskens will play an integral role in further developing The Open Group's contributions to the field of Enterprise Architecture, including the organization's professional association, The Association of Open Group Enterprise Architects (AOGEA).

"The Open Group is largely focused on raising the level of professionalism in enterprise architecture, and to advance our efforts in this area required someone with deep subject matter expertise," said Allen Brown, president and CEO, The Open Group. "With more than 3,000 certified TOGAF practitioners, approximately 2,000 Certified ITAC professionals, in excess of 2,500 attendees at Open Group Architecture Practitioner Conferences each year and over 1,300 members of the newly established Association of Open Group Enterprise Architects, we are delighted that one of the industry's most regarded names in enterprise architecture has agreed to join the staff."

Mr. Fehskens will be responsible for overseeing all architecture-related activities across The Open Group, including professional certification, conferences and other relevant open standards utilized around the world. He will also drive efforts for The Association of Open Group Enterprise Architects, a professional association for enterprise and IT architects. Additionally, Mr. Fehskens will lead The Architecture Forum, which has developed and is evolving TOGAF, a comprehensive enterprise architecture framework that enables organizations to achieve the right balance between IT efficiency and business innovation. He will report to The Open Group president and CEO, Allen Brown.

"I am very pleased to be able to contribute to the continued success of The Open Group in this dynamic field," said Fehskens. "The Open Group's commitment to the creation of a true enterprise architecture profession will be of significant value to the industry as a whole and to individual practitioners alike."

Mr. Fehskens has extensive experience in the IT industry, within both product engineering and professional services business units. He most recently led the Worldwide Architecture Profession Office at Hewlett-Packard's Services business unit, and has previously worked for Compaq, Digital Equipment Corporation, Prime Computer and Data General Corporation. He majored in Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is the lead inventor on six software patents for the object-oriented management of distributed systems.

About The Open Group

The Open Group is a vendor-neutral and technology-neutral consortium, which drives the creation of Boundaryless Information Flow(TM) that will enable access to integrated information within and between enterprises based on open standards and global interoperability. The Open Group works with customers, suppliers, consortia and other standard bodies. Its role is to capture, understand and address current and emerging requirements, establish policies and share best practices; to facilitate interoperability, develop consensus, and evolve and integrate specifications and open source technologies; to offer a comprehensive set of services to enhance the operational efficiency of consortia; and to operate the industry's premier certification service. Further information on The Open Group can be found at .

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