SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Open Group, a vendor- and technology-neutral consortium focused on open standards and global interoperability within and between enterprises, today announced that free registration is open for its inaugural IT Specialist Conference, to be held January 30, 2008 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. For more information or to register for the conference, please visit: http://www.opengroup.org/itsc-jan2008/register.htm .
The demand for experienced IT Specialists continues to grow in line with an increasing number of projects focused on business and IT alignment at large global organizations. Hundreds of thousands of IT Specialists serve in mission critical capacities, yet until now there has been no global, vendor-neutral conference series focused on the IT Specialist and dedicated to developing awareness and appreciation for the profession, nor worldwide standards established for assessing qualifications.
The inaugural event will include keynotes, real-world case studies and panel discussions featuring internationally-recognized experts from Capgemini, EDS, IBM and other industry leaders. Held in conjunction with The Open Group's 17th Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conference, also at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, the event's goal is to continue The Open Group's support and cultivation of the IT Specialist Profession. Senior IT executives and managers; human resources, procurement and project managers; and sales and marketing professionals are all encouraged to attend in order to gain a competitive advantage in motivating team members, hiring the right people and becoming educated on one of the industry's fastest-growing professions.
"I am delighted to announce the inaugural IT Specialist Conference as today's specialists work within one of the largest and fastest growing fields in the industry," said Allen Brown, president and CEO, The Open Group. "This industry-first conference series will serve as part of The Open Group's ongoing commitment to professionalism and quality in the field. We encourage IT Specialists, as well as those directly responsible for managing or hiring them, to attend this agenda-setting event."
Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities
The Open Group offers various sponsorship and exhibit opportunities. For more information, please visit: http://www.opengroup.org/itsc-jan2008/sponsor-exhibit.htm .
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 http://www.opengroup.org .
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