Press Release | 16 Feb 2021

Two Micro Focus Employees Elected to Leadership Positions in The Open Group


SANTA CLARA, CA, – February 16, 2021Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO; NYSE: MFGP) today recognized the election of Lars Rossen, Micro Focus Global CTO, and Etienne Terpstra-Hollander, Micro Focus Global Chief Technologist Digital Transformation Advisory Services, to key leadership positions in The Open Group,  the  vendor-neutral technology consortium.

Rossen was elected to serve as the Chair of The Open Group Governing Board, while Terpstra-Hollander was re-elected to the Vice-Chair position for The Open Group IT4IT™ Forum.

The Open Group is a global consortium that enables the achievement of business objectives through technology standards. Its mission is to capture, clarify, and integrate current and emerging requirements, establish standards and policies, and share best practices. The Open Group has a diverse membership of more than 800 organizations, including systems and solutions suppliers, tool vendors, integrators, academics, and consultants, and consumers of IT across multiple industries.

“Micro Focus believes in open standards as a means to build the modern digital enterprise,” said Lars Rossen, Global CTO, Micro Focus. “The Open Group is a significant voice in the marketplace of standardizing digital practices, helping guide organizations through the business-critical process of digital transformation. As such, we’re proud to support and collaborate with The Open Group in the ongoing quest for open standards – and it is a personal honor for me to be elected as the Chair of the Governing Board.”

“Micro Focus and The Open Group have worked together for years to create and advance the implementation of open technology standards,” said Steve Nunn, President and CEO, The Open Group. “It gives me great pleasure that their fellow members have elected Lars Rossen and Etienne Terpstra-Hollander to key positions on our team. Both Rossen and Terpstra-Hollander bring with them a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and skills – and they have been instrumental in the ongoing development of the IT4IT Standard. We look forward to their contributions and leadership as we continue to address issues critical to the success of a Digital-First enterprise.”

About Lars Rossen, Chair of The Open Group Governing Board

Rossen is the Global CTO of Micro Focus and the Chief Architect of The Open Group IT4IT™ Forum initiative. He is responsible for creating the first version of the IT4IT Reference Architecture which he contributed to The Open Group, forming the basis for the IT4IT Standard today. In his role as Chair of the Governing Board, he will help lead the development of open, vendor-neutral technology standards and certifications, including the IT4IT Standard, the TOGAF® Standard, the ArchiMate® Modelling Language, Digital Practitioner Body of Knowledge™ Standard and more. Before he was appointed Global CTO of Micro Focus in 2020, he worked on the Software Portfolio Architecture and Strategy team, where he had many leading roles in defining and progressing the current Micro Focus IT management solution portfolio. 

Etienne Terpstra-Hollander, IT4IT Forum Vice-Chair, The Open Group
Terpstra-Hollander was recently re-elected as the Vice-Chair for the IT4IT Forum. As Vice-Chair, he supports the elected co-chairs in facilitating and coordinating the development of the standard. This involves enhancing the effectiveness of the IT4IT Forum and the associated Work Groups by formulating recommendations and sharing these for approval. Terpstra-Hollander is currently the Global Chief Technologist for the Digital Transformation Advisory Services at Micro Focus and is responsible for defining the company’s Professional Services strategy and offerings for Advisory Services. He also works on the worldwide GTM strategy for which he applies the IT4IT Standard in the Micro Focus Professional Services offerings. In addition, he is an advisor within the Micro Focus Field Technical Leadership Community and has over 20 years’ experience in IT Management in various positions.

By taking a flexible, value stream-based approach, the IT4IT Standard supports organizations in their digital transformation journeys. Designed as an umbrella framework, the standard is useful for companies facing many of today’s challenges, whether it be moving to the cloud, deploying Agile or DevOps, undergoing a digital transformation, or moving to a product-centric operating model. With a focus on the interoperable flow of IT management data between different systems, the IT4IT Standard is process agnostic and can be used by businesses of all sizes and industries.



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About Micro Focus

Micro Focus delivers enterprise software to empower 40,000 customers worldwide to run, transform, and adapt. With a comprehensive portfolio, underpinned by a robust analytics ecosystem, Micro Focus delivers pragmatic, customer-centric solutions to bridge the gap between existing and emerging technologies and enable organizations to achieve Smart Digital Transformation. That’s High Tech, Low Drama.


About The Open Group

The Open Group is a global consortium that enables the achievement of business objectives through technology standards. Our diverse membership of more than 800 organizations includes customers, systems and solutions suppliers, tool vendors, integrators, academic, and consultants across multiple industries. Further information on The Open Group can be found at



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