The Open Group is a vendor-neutral and technology-neutral consortium with a foundation in its members: a diverse group that spans all sectors of the IT community - IT customers, systems and solutions suppliers, tool vendors, integrators and consultants, as well as academia and researchers. These members come from all over the world and include some of the largest IT buyers and vendors, representing both government and commercial enterprises
The Open Group drives the creation of Boundaryless Information Flow™ that will enable access to integrated information within and between enterprises based on open standards and global interoperability. 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.
The Open Group's approach is "Making Standards Work®". The consortium has extensive experience and a long track record in facilitating consensus to develop standards, including defining new standards, evolving existing ones, building consensus and providing support services, and developing best practices. They recognize and promote the importance of assuring conformance through certification.