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Many organizations now realize the advantages of choosing products that conform to standards. But how do they conform? This conference will consider case studies from organizations that prefer products that are independently certified to conform to standards, and will look at what certification means and some of the processes used for certification.

Attendees will share requirements and experiences of user organizations, understand the approaches being taken by suppliers and government organizations, and network with leading practitioners and thought leaders.

Keynote Speakers

Dawn Meyerriecks,
Principal Director for GIG Enterprise Services, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), US Department of Defense

Ron Eller
Vice President and General Manager, ESS Solution Alliances
Hewlett-Packard Company

Confirmed Speakers

Carl O’Berry,
Vice President Strategic Architecture, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems

Dave Chesebrough,
President, Association For Enterprise Integration (AFEI)

David Archer,
President and CEO, Petrotechnical Open Standards Consortium (POSC)

Dr. Susan Zevin,
Acting Director, Information Technology Laboratory, NIST

Carl Reed,
Executive Director Specification Program, Open GIS Consortium (OGC)

Roger Reich,
Chair, Storage Management Initiative Committee, Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA)

Full list


Case studies of the benefits of using certified products and procurement
How certified products can improve market uptake
Ease of COE certification
What a standards strategy is and how to establish one
How to leverage standards, yet improve innovation
Understand the difference between product standards and open standards
How to make standards work for you
How to lower integration costs
Improving ROI with certified products
Risk mitigation
The testing and certification process
The unique challenges of interoperability testing


This conference will combine presentations with an exhibition of interoperability testing, and of certification and testing processes. It will also consider the practical issues of procurement when expressing a preference for products that are certified to conform.

The conference is open to non-members and is focused on the application and use of certified standards-based products. Immediately following the conference, The Open Group Member Meeting will continue the work in each of its specific subject forums.


The Open Group is a global, vendor neutral consortium that brings together customers and suppliers of IT products and services to discuss, address and resolve the barriers to Boundaryless Information Flow using open industry standards, best practices and methodologies. It is also the premier independent organization for the certification of conformance of products and services to open standards.

By combining this conference with our quarterly member meeting we are able to bring a large group of both customers and vendors, from around the world, who are working on these issues, both within The Open Group and inside their own enterprises, to create a much richer networking opportunity for non-member attendees than could be achieved by a stand-alone conference.


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