The Open Group is dedicated to creating open systems standards and frameworks that support boundary-free information flow, holistic architecture and certifications. Its recent release is the Dependability through Assuredness (O-DA) Standard, a framework for building more dependable systems, assurance agreements for user and accountability in case of failures. In addition to O-DA, The Open Group created The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) enterprise architecture methodology and the risk analysis methodology Factor Analysis of Information Risk, or FAIR.
Dependability and assurance in service-level agreements are pieces of a holistic architecture, according to Microsoft's Enterprise Architecture Lead Alan Hakimi. "Finding balance in architecture is the enterprise architect's mission," he said. "Even if you have the perfect architecture, the perfect thinking, balance is needed."