ONUG Working Groups

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Driving Digital Transformation
Working groups serve as ONUG’s vehicle for generating industry change. Members of the ONUG Community – IT professionals, vendors, service providers and solutions integrators – join together to address the wide range of challenges enterprises must overcome on their journey to digital transformation.

Companies in the Global 2000 are placing their collective buying power – nearly $500 billion spent annually on IT – behind the working group process of defining use case requirements and generating multi-vendor reference solutions that will stimulate suppliers to deliver the products and services that users are demanding to accelerate transforming their businesses into digital enterprises.

Attacking Hybrid Multi-Cloud Challenges From Multiple Angles
Enterprise IT application deployment in complex hybrid multi-cloud environments presents users with a wide range of entirely new technical, business and organizational challenges that present significant barriers to adoption. The ONUG Working Groups are tasked with addressing these challenges, which each working group is attacking from a different angle:

• Observability
• Security
• SD-WAN integration
• Orchestration & automation
• AIOps

Community Collaboration
The working groups engage in a collaborative process that starts with enterprise IT leaders identifying the top priority use cases for typical deployment scenarios in complex hybrid multi-cloud environments. The ONUG Hybrid Multi-Cloud Steering Committee, serving in an oversight capacity, recommends the formation of a new working group when it recognizes that the challenges associated with a set of related use cases represent a significant barrier to cloud adoption for a high percentage of users in the community.

Each working group, led by IT executive co-chairs, is tasked with defining critical use case requirements, which are documented in a set of “RFPs”. These RFPs will guide vendors, service providers and solutions integrators in developing reference solutions that will serve as architectural blueprints for IT professionals charged with deploying cloud-based applications.

ONUG Working Group Process

Sponsor Proof-Of-Concept Demonstrations
At ONUG events, sponsoring vendors and service providers are encouraged to present multi-vendor proof-of-concept demonstrations that comply with documented reference solution requirements that help educate IT buyers across the broader community of enterprise users.

Reference Solution Verification Testing
ONUG is also launching a verification testing service, which will be supported by select solutions integrators, with the goal of validating multi-vendor reference solutions to ensure that they are compliant with the use case requirements specified in RFPs.

The working group co-chairs and ONUG Working Group CTO lead and facilitate the working group process by defining objectives, developing plans, delegating tasks and ensuring access to the resources needed for each working group to achieve its goals. The working groups operate by conducting bi-weekly, web-based conference calls, communicating via Slack channels and collaborating on documents maintained in the ONUG wiki space.

Community Benefits
The ONUG Community is forward-looking and focused on realizing the future state of hybrid multi-cloud adoption, powered by multi-vendor refence solutions that accelerate IT service delivery while reducing total cost of ownership. The community places high value on solutions that are open, software-defined, API-driven and allow for a choice of suppliers – vendors, cloud service providers and communications service providers.

Enterprise users benefit from the working group process by learning how to apply architectural blueprints that will simplify adoption of hybrid multi-cloud infrastructure to help drive digital transformation in their company’s business.

Vendors, service providers and solutions integrators in the community benefit by interacting directly with enterprise users to gain firsthand knowledge of the critical challenges and barriers to adoption that are driving use case requirements for multi-vendor reference solutions.

PLEASE NOTE: ONUG Working Groups are open to all enterprise IT business leaders, solutions integrators and academics. In order to participate, vendors and service providers must be current sponsors of the ONUG conferences.


Join the Hybrid Multi-Cloud Steering Committee

The Hybrid Multi-Cloud Steering Committee, which is open only to IT executives, serves in an oversight capacity, guiding the working group process. The committee plays a leading role in identifying the key barriers to hybrid multi-cloud adoption, which encompass a broad range of technical, business and organizational issues, such as security, governance, compliance, culture, education and training. The committee recommends and facilitates the formation of new working groups as well as other ONUG initiatives that will help remove the roadblocks enterprise users might encounter on their journey to the hybrid multi-cloud.

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Vendors, Cloud Service Providers, Communications Service Providers

Vendor participation in ONUG Working Groups is contingent upon ONUG sponsorship. If your company is sponsoring ONUG then proceed;

Contact sponsors@onug.net

All vendors, cloud service providers and communication service providers interested in participating, please contact sponsors@onug.net with inquiries and to receive the full initiatives agreement.


  • Nick Lippis

    Co-Founder and Co-Chairman

    Independent Industry Analyst

  • Stephen Collins

    Principal Consultant

    Working Group CTO

Helpful Working Group Resources

The ONUG Working Groups are aimed at bringing together vendors, cloud/service providers, standards organizations, open source communities, and entrepreneurs to take the working group requirements and develop corresponding standards and open source code, while also creating a governing body to oversee their development.

* Requirements, White Papers, Feature Verification Testing
** Full list of current and past working groups

Join ONUG Working Groups

IT executives, amplify your voice by aggregating your user case requirements with peers so that vendors, standards and open source communities build industry solutions needed. You’ll also share best practices and challenges for IT organizational re-design, culture and skills needed to deliver the digital transformation effect.

For vendors, participating in the ONUG Working Groups will contribute to product and feature development as well as assure that your company is meeting market needs.

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Join your peers at these companies to amplify your use case requirements to the vendor/standards and open source communities by being an ONUG Working Group member.

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