Interview with Steve Nunn, who is President and CEO of The Open Group

What is your role at The Open Group?

I am the President and CEO of The Open Group – a global consortium that enables the achievement of business objectives through technology standards.

We have a diverse membership of more than 675 organizations who work to establish open, vendor-neutral technology standards and certifications in a variety of subject areas including enterprise and business architecture, security, healthcare, process automation, and real-time and embedded systems. I joined the organization back in 1993, and spent the majority of my time as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, moving into my current leadership role in 2015.

What were your key highlights in 2018?

Oh, that’s tough – there are so many to choose from! However, a particular high point for me was the release of the latest version of our highly-successful TOGAF® Standard. This was Version 9.2. and supports business innovation and efficiency by providing an Enterprise Architecture framework that is used by the world’s leading organizations. This was, indeed, a milestone for The Open Group.

We also introduced Micro Focus and HCL as platinum members of The Open Group, who joined leaders from across the technology industry including DXC, Fujitsu, Huawei, IBM, Oracle and Philips to help shape the future of global standards. Check out this blog post for further highlights and an overview of what’s to come this year.

What didn’t move as quickly as you would have liked?

Like most other organizations, The Open Group is going through its own business transformation. From just keeping up, to embracing the latest technologies and approaches, there is much to do. Although we have many thousands of individuals participating in our activities, we still have a small number of staff. Finding time to do what we need for the future can be tough sometimes when running the business has to take priority. We’re not alone here though – most senior managers would say the same thing, I think.

Which websites do you follow to keep up to date with the latest developments?

I get notified about a lot of relevant developments through LinkedIn and Twitter – and, of course, a lot of irrelevant developments? Certain online publications like Computer Weekly in the UK, and CIO Magazine in the US are others that I try to look at – usually, when I’m traveling. There are also some Enterprise Architecture sections of other online publications that I try to keep up with. Quite often they are covering one or more activities of The Open Group, so I regularly get them sent to me. Of course, I’ve bookmarked Irish Tech News too!

What are your plans for the future?

We’re about to host our latest event in Dublin, where we’ll bring together attendees from throughout the globe – including decision-makers, enterprise architects, engineers, technologists and end-users representing many businesses and governments – to discuss digital in practice.

What will you be talking about at this event?

The digital transformation of an enterprise will impact every aspect of the business, from management processes through to products and services. This event will focus not only on some of the emerging digital technologies, but also on the standards, architectures and business frameworks that support and enable the transition to and implementation of the modern digital enterprise.

Attendees will also get the chance to hear from two experts from Dublin City University, who will present reference methodology for developing and transforming public services in smart cities.

What inspired you to host it in Dublin?

This will be our second time hosting one of our major events in Dublin, but it’s been a while (2005) – probably too long! We usually have two European venues per year, and Dublin is always high up the list when we poll our members for their suggestions. The tech market in Ireland is developing at rapid pace, and I’m hoping to see some new faces and local experts in attendance this year!

How can people find out more about the event?

Details of the agenda and key speakers at the event, taking place at Croke Park, can be found here.

Registration for The Open Group Dublin is available to members and non-members – and you’ve still got time to sign up! More information can be found here.

We are also hosting, co-located with the conference, a number of special events (free of charge) on Wednesday, 1st May:

  • TOGAF and ArchiMate User Group meeting
  • Smart Cities Workshop
  • Data Science Workshop

I’m hoping to meet some Irish Tech News readers next week!

Steve Nunn is President and CEO of The Open Group – a global consortium that enables the achievement of business objectives through technology standards. He is also President of the Association of Enterprise Architects (AEA). Steve joined The Open Group in 1993, spending the majority of his time as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel. He was also CEO of the AEA from 2010 until 2015. Steve is a lawyer by training, has an L.L.B. (Hons) in Law with French and retains a current legal practicing certificate. Having spent most of his life in the UK, Steve has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2007. He enjoys spending time with his family, walking, playing golf, 80s music, and is a lifelong West Ham United fan.


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