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X/OPEN USER COUNCIL ADOPTS NEW CHARTER; EXPANDS EXECUTIVE TEAM AND MEMBERSHIP

 X/OPEN USER COUNCIL ADOPTS NEW CHARTER;
 EXPANDS EXECUTIVE TEAM AND MEMBERSHIP
 READING, United Kingdom, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- X/Open User Council, the user association within the X/Open open systems organization, has a new charter and new executive team. Both decisions will be formally ratified at the council's first meeting of 1992, which will be held in Frankfurt, Germany on Feb. 25 and Feb. 26.
 The X/Open User Council is currently made up of 42 leading commercial and government organizations from around the globe. The group represents the opinions of the world's largest users of information technology.
 The User Council includes: the Executive Committee, which consists of six members chartered with decision making between quarterly council meetings; the User Council Assembly, the full gathering of the council membership; and smaller task-oriented focus groups, which deal with council programs such as direction of the Xtra user requirements process.
 The X/Open User Council recently appointed a new chairman, Denis M. Brown, director of the Center for Information Management in the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) within the U.S. Department of Defense. Brown replaces Walter de Backer, the founding chairman of the council, who is stepping down after holding the position for two years. De Backer will continue to represent the European Commission on the council. The six-member European Commission also includes representatives from Exxon, DHL, the Union Bank of Switzerland, Bellcore and Ericsson.
 The new Executive Committee of the User Council consists of the following members:
 Denis Brown, U.S. Department of Defense (Chairman)
 Bengt Asker, Ericsson (Vice Chairman)
 Rudolph Marty, Union Bank of Switzerland
 Doug Morris, Exxon Production Reserach
 Kyle Barriger, DHL Worldwide Express
 Terry Barrett, Bellcore (Bell Commuinications Research)
 NEW X/OPEN USER COUNCIL CHARTER
 The new X/Open User Council charter refocuses the group into four areas of activity:
 -- Xtra, the global user requirements process, which is now under the overall direction of the User Council;
 -- monitoring the X/Open Common Applications Environment to support the linkage between user requirements and X/Open's work programs;
 -- product compliance monitoring, including input on X/Open's test and verification procedures, as well as the newly introduced Applications Registration initiative; and
 -- exploiting open systems, which addresses issues like business justification and procurement of open systems.
 "The new structure of the User Council provides a more flexible and dynamic platform from which the world's open systems opinion leaders can drive the movement," Brown said. "As membership continues to increase rapidly, we believe the Council will become an even more potent force for change."
 NTT JOINS X/OPEN USER COUNCIL
 X/Open also announced today that NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp.) joined the User Council, becoming the first Japanese user company to be represented. NTT is one of the world's largest private users of information technology and is committed to open systems with its worldwide multivendor procurement specification called Multi-vendor Integration Architecture (MIA). X/Open and NTT expect that X/Open's XPG and NTT's MIA will be integrated in the future.
 Founded in 1984, X/Open is a worldwide independent open systems organization dedicated to developing an open, multivendor Common Applications Environment (CAE) based on de facto and international standards. Specification of the CAE is achieved through close cooperation between users, vendors and standards organizations worldwide.
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 /CONTACT: Elizabeth Chaney of Regis McKenna Inc., 415-494-2030, for X/Open Co. Ltd.; or Jeff Hansen of X/Open Co. Ltd., 415-323-7992; or Dr. Hiroshi Miyabe of NTT Corp., 81-3-3509-2476 (Japan)/ CO: X/Open Co. Ltd. ST: IN: CPR; TLS SU: PER
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