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The Open Group approves 2nd technical standard for Exploration and Mining

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Open Group has approved the Exploration and Mining Business Capability Reference Map – the second standard produced by The Open Group Exploration, Mining, Metals and Minerals (EMMM) Forum. This standard follows the Exploration and Mining Business Process Reference Model, which was accepted as a technical standard of The Open Group in 2013. The new capability map is a component of the Exploration and Mining reference framework, and defines the standard set of business capabilities for this industry. The framework provides a common language to converse in, and is a global first.

 “The Exploration and Mining Business Capability Reference map is a vendor-neutral model that includes the reference set of business capabilities for organisations that operate in the exploration and mining sectors,” says Sarina Viljoen, EMMM Forum Director. “The standard enables organisations to develop their own business capabilities without making the investment in creating their own enterprise architecture.”

A business capability is the ability that a business uses to achieve a specific business outcome. It describes what a business is required to do to create value for its customers and stakeholders, and therefore supports strategic planning activities.  “The business capability map is captured in business terms and is defined so as to ensure consistency,” adds Viljoen. “Capabilities act as building blocks of the business and encompass process, data, people and technology.

“The Open Group Governing Board put the final stamp on this new standard on 12 March 2014. That means the model has been approved according to a rigorous standards process. For the industry itself, this approval gives companies access to both capability and process models.”

The model can be downloaded from The Open Group’s publications catalogue at:

About The Open Group

The Open Group is an international vendor- and technology-neutral consortium upon which organisations rely to lead the development of IT standards and certifications, and to provide them with access to key industry peers, suppliers and best practices. The Open Group provides guidance and an open environment in order to ensure interoperability and vendor neutrality. Further information on The Open Group can be found at

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Carla Bell, Real IRM Solutions, 011 805 3734,      

Sarina Viljoen, Real IRM Solutions, 011 805 3734,

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