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The Open Group Unveils First-Ever Conference Series for IT Specialists
Oct 30, 2007 (08:10 AM EDT)

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Open Group, a vendor- and technology-neutral consortium focused on open standards and global interoperability within and between enterprises, today announced the debut of a new conference series devoted to the IT specialist profession. A preeminent IT event producer, The Open Group is entering its fifth year of producing the global Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conference series. The inaugural IT Specialist Conference will be held in San Francisco on January 28, 2008 at the Fairmont Hotel, in conjunction with the 17th Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conference.

Through panel discussions, practical and career sessions and peer-to-peer networking, the event will continue The Open Group's support and cultivation of the IT Specialist profession. The San Francisco conference serves as the inaugural event of the IT Specialist Certification (ITSC) program, following on the heels of its formation in September (see press release dated Sept. 17, 2007: ). The ITSC program offers the first independent, comprehensive, global certification for determining the skills, experience and knowledge of professional specialists within several different technical focus areas.

"The IT specialist profession is one of the largest and fastest growing careers in the industry," said Allen Brown, president and CEO of The Open Group. "We're looking forward to providing a forum for programmers, developers, testers, IT trainers and technology consultants to learn about developments within the field while growing their own skills."


Registration is open to both members and non-members of The Open Group. For more information on registering, visit .

Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities

The IT Specialist Conference offers various sponsorship and exhibit opportunities. For more information, please visit: Contact to explore options for sponsoring or exhibiting at the conference.

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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CONTACT: Bill Bourdon of The Bateman Group, +1-415-602-1491,, for The Open Group

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