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Vendor and technology-neutral consortium The Open Group has extended its global reach to include its first office in South America, the company said in a release.
The Open Group's new office is in São Paulo, and its presence in the region will allow IT professionals throughout South America to more easily participate in the consortium's development of vendor-neutral IT open standards and certification programs.
Brazil has experienced some of the world's highest growth over the past decade, tripling its economy to become the seventh largest in the world. Gartner projects Brazil's IT end-user spending to reach US$128bn in 2013.
"The establishment of The Open Group office in Brazil is indicative of the tremendous global demand we are seeing among emerging nations for internationally accepted IT standards and certification programs that advance strategic business objectives and interoperability," said Allen Brown, president and CEO for The Open Group.
Brazil country manager Isabela Abreu will be tasked with growing membership throughout the region, raising awareness of certification programs, open standards, frameworks and disciplines such as enterprise architecture and information security.
The Open Group provides strategy, management, innovation and research, standards, certification and test development. Its members include a range of IT buyers and vendors, as well as government agencies, such as Capgemini, Fujitsu, Oracle, Hitachi, HP, IBM, NEC, SAP, the US Department of Defense and NASA.
Globally, the company has offices in China, France, Japan, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.