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Open Group IT Architect Certification Achieved by More Than 1,200 Individuals

Demand for Vendor-Neutral, Portable Certification to Ensure Skills and Experience of Professional IT Architects Expanding Worldw

MIAMI, IT ARCHITECTURE PRACTITIONERS CONFERENCE, July 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Open Group, a vendor- and technology-neutral consortium focused on open standards and global interoperability within and between enterprises, today announced that more than 1,200 individuals have achieved the organization's IT Architect Certification (ITAC) since it debuted just one year ago. This number includes IT professionals from a diverse group of globally recognizable enterprises and government organizations, such as Credit Suisse, EDS, HP, IBM, New Zealand Internal Revenue Service and QR Systems Inc. ITAC is the premier global certification program for certifying skills and experience in the enterprise IT architecture community. Based on proven industry best practices, it sets an independent, industry-wide standard for IT architects while creating a foundation for greater trust between suppliers and customers.

Operating under a peer-review model, ITAC certifies IT architects that meet the global open standard developed by members of The Open Group for skills and experience in the field. The program includes direct certification of applicants as well as a process and a set of criteria for accrediting an organization's internal certification programs. By defining criteria for accrediting certified professionals, it also sets the foundation for establishing a recognized IT architect profession. ITAC is designed for both organizations with large IT architecture practices and individual IT architects working within consulting firms, user organizations or as independent consultants.

"We are looking to the IT Architect Certification program to form a key component in the continuous professional development of our IT architects," said Brian Arbuckle, technology standards manager at ScottishPower. "With it, we can prove our IT architects meet a recognized open standard, which we expect will provide benefits for both ScottishPower and our employees."

"A coherent and effective IT architecture is a business imperative," said Allen Brown, president and CEO, The Open Group. "But developing and implementing this kind of architecture means organizations must first employ great architects. The fact that over 1,200 individuals from companies such as Credit Suisse, EDS, HP and IBM have achieved IT Architect Certification is tangible proof that businesses understand the increased need for and importance of experienced IT architects and quality control for their practices."

Benefits of ITAC

Establishing an experience and skill baseline and setting certification criteria for IT architects brings a number of benefits to companies, governments, academic institutions as well as individuals. Through ITAC, organizations gain an industry-wide benchmark for selecting qualified individuals to lead their critical programs as well as verify their status in The Open Group Certification Directory. Companies with accredited internal IT architect programs can gain credibility and increased stature for their programs, while certified professionals get a portable, globally recognized credential. Additionally, academic institutions are able to use the ITAC skills criteria for fine-tuning their IT architecture curricula.

Pricing

The initial certification cost is $1,250 per individual with a subsequent $175 annual fee for maintaining a listing in the Directory of Certified IT Architects. For complete information about the program, including how to get certified and how to become an accredited partner, go to: http://www.opengroup.org/itac .

About The Open Group's IT Architecture Practitioners Conference

The Open Group's IT Architecture Practitioners Conference, now in its third year, is a globally recognized event created by and for IT Architecture professionals to engage in interactive discussions about a wide variety of topics impacting the profession, such as SOA, architecture disciplines, architecture team development, and setting up an architecture practice. The conference examines the evolving disciplines of IT Architecture with a focus on further defining a common set of core competencies for individuals involved with professional enterprise architecture. Additional information is available at: http://www.opengroup.org/events/ .

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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