Open Group is a vendor-neutral member-driven international organisation which identifies its mission as being standards-based enterprise integration. It brings together technology vendors large and small in a unique collaborative environment with technology buyers as well as integrators and consultants, with the objective of creating a practical environment for:
- any-to-any connectivity
- ease of interoperability
- enhanced accessibility
- improved collaboration.
Members include: Intel, Cisco, IBM, Sun Microsystems, HP,Compaq, Hitachi, Siemens, Fujitsu, BMC, Microsoft, CA , Boeing, UK Post Office, DOD US, NASA, Barclays, Shell and a multitude of small- and medium-sized technology organisations, consultants and systems integrators specialising in several leading edge and niche technology areas.
In today’s fast-changing IT&T environment companies need to continually refine and add focus areas. Currently there are eight areas for cooperation and co-working:
- Security and E-commerce
- Wireless and Mobile Computing
- Enterprise Systems Management
- Directory Interoperability
- Quality of Service
- Server Platform
- Real time and Embedded Systems
Up until now the Open Group has been heavily focused in the northern hemisphere. Of late, however, with the goal of becoming a truly global organisation, it has begun to spread its wings over the Asia-Pacific region, initially choosing to focus strategically on India and Australia/ New Zealand.
Vish Viswanathan has taken the lead in assisting companies to pursue the many new opportunities that exist within our e-economy. I have known Vish for many years – back to the days when we discussing the forerunners (T-Ford models) of the current e-world – videotex, VANs and EDI. His regional leadership role in the Open Group; his vast network of contacts in the Asia Pacific Region and his in-depth knowledge of the e-business-driven developments within IT&T offer a unique opportunity for Australian and New Zealand organisations to become truly integrated into the global community.
One of the key benefits of the Open Group is that companies achieve real control over the destiny of their own activities in the fast-moving e-environment. This is a major issue for Austrian and New Zealand in particular, as local companies often simply operate as ‘slaves’ of their international operations or simply as ‘slaves’ of whatever is happening on the international scene. Access to advanced knowledge is another keystone.
The inaugural Open Group meeting for Australia and New Zealand is planned for 16 November 2001.
For more information contact Vish on: vish @primus.com.au Web: www.opengroup.org