The Open Group has reorganised itself and cut 10 per cent of staff to try and focus on its mission better, amid rumours of financial woes.
As a result, some 20 employees out of a total of 200 have now left the organisation, mainly from the its former Open Software Foundation (OSF) research and development headquarters in Cambridge, Massachussetts.
The Open Group was formed from a merger of the X/Open standards body and OSF industry consortia two years ago.
An Open Group spokesman said: ?The company has changed - it?s got a new mission with the IT Dialtone and we needed to match our skills to that. It?s been an evolutionary change since Jo de Fao joined [as president]. He took a long, hard look at what we were doing and tried to identify how we could take our traditional Unix business and move it into the new world of the Internet.?
But, he denied rumours that the Open Group was in financial trouble and had been forced to ask its members for additional funds to top up their membership fees.
However, sources close to the organisation, said: ?The day of throwing big bucks at this type of thing are over and restructuring is an attempt to get some value back in. The glory days are well and truly over, and the Open Group is a very large organisation for a standards body.?
The Open Group has now rationalised its disparate groupings into three business areas, testing and branding, membership services, and research and development (R&D).
This had previously comprised of individual units looking after product areas such as DCE, which has now been moved into R&D.
The firm?s standard?s programmes act as an umbrella over the three groupings, each one comprising a separate unit with their own programme manager.
The Open Group also plans to unveil its new IT Dialtone architecture in the first quarter of next year.
This will be similar to its Open Group Architecture Framework, which outlines the ideal open systems framework, how the different products work together and how to create and manage such an IT infrastructure.
The IT Dialtone architecture will look at the different Internet technologies, evaluate how they fit together and how appropriate they are to todays needs.
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