SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Open Group, a vendor- and technology-neutral consortium focused on open standards and global interoperability within and between enterprises, today announced an expanded lineup of keynote presenters, panel discussions and expert case studies for its highly anticipated 17th Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conference. David Linthicum, managing partner for ZapThink, will return to deliver the opening keynote address at the conference, to be held January 28-30, 2008 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. In addition, the plenary sessions will include end user panels and case studies featuring American Express, HSBC and Marriott International. The Open Group has announced the plenary session lineups for each of the conference's three days, focusing on service oriented architecture (SOA), The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) and skills- and experience-based certification. Following on the heels of the successful SOA panel at the Austin Conference, the "SOA Reality Check" Power Panel will feature InfoWorld.com Editor in Chief Eric Knorr; OnStrategies Principal Analyst Tony Baer; and Evans Data Corporation Lead Analyst and ZDNet blogger Joe McKendrick. In addition, David Linthicum will join the discussion following his opening keynote address. The plenary sessions will also feature senior IT leaders and enterprise architects from global organizations such as IBM, QR Systems and MITRE Corporation, among others. In addition, parallel streams will utilize real-world case studies, testimonials and panel discussions to showcase best practices, standards, tools and technologies that are being used to develop today's most successful enterprise architectures. Parallel stream speakers include leaders from IBM, Accenture, Capgemini, Sun Microsystems, BEA, Covansys, CGI, Infosys Technologies, Wipro Technologies, Intel, Cisco, Lockheed Martin and Wells Fargo. Case studies will feature such diverse end users as Volvo Sweden and BlueCross and BlueShield of North Carolina. The Open Group's Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conferences, now entering their fifth year, are globally recognized events created by and for enterprise architecture practitioners to examine a wide variety of topics that are impacting the profession. The San Francisco event will focus on the key elements necessary to creating and sustaining successful enterprise architecture. Registration, Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities Registration is open to both members and non-members of The Open Group. For more information on registering or to register for the conference in San Francisco, please visit: http://www.opengroup.org/sf2008/register.htm. Registration is free for members of the press and industry analysts. The Open Group also offers various sponsorship and exhibit opportunities. For more information, please visit: http://www.opengroup.org/sf2008/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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