A New Standard Announced for IT Architects

The Open Group's ITAC-3 hopes to standardize the role of top-level IT architects across organizations.

The Open Group, a vendor and technology-neutral consortium focused on open standards in the IT industry, will announce Nov. 13 a new level in its IT Architecture Certification program—the Distinguished Certified IT Architect, or level three.

Hoping to establish industry-wide standards for enterprise architects across three distinct career paths—including chief or leading architect, professional or executive architect and enterprise architect—the ITAC program debuted two years ago, and has since certified 2,000 individuals as either Certified IT Architects (ITAC Level 1) or Master Certified IT Architects (ITAC Level 2).

"One of the things we found when we started sharing information within the working group was that the different organizations had a surprisingly consistent view of the skill sets necessary for architects, and the roles they inhabit," James de Raeve, vice president of certification for the Open Group, told eWEEK.

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