ONUG is comprised of unbiased, independent, top enterprise technology leaders, who collaborate to:

Foster the exploration of strategic challenges/solutions facing world-class organization technology leaders,

Provision peer-to-peer access on all approaches regarding the design/build/security/management of tomorrow’s infrastructure,

Drive supplier product development investment and initiatives — based on community directives that include open, standards-based, software-defined and cloud native solutions

Expand the technical breadth/access to globally impact enterprise technology in all business categories,

Serve as the collective voice of digital enterprise executives, and more!

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Our Mission

The ONUG is a large enterprise technology consumer driven community.

Its mission is to advocate for open, interchangeable plus observable hardware and software solutions at every level of a business application’s dependency map.

ONUG explores and champions technical workforce transformation including retraining, redeployment, efficiency and organizational models for the digital transformation era that deliver good outcomes.

We seek the best options to deliver business agility and digital value through technology and people.

Our History


ONUG was created in early 2012 as the result of a discussion between co-founders Nick Lippis, of the Lippis Report, and Ernest Lefner, formerly of Fidelity Investments, about the need for a user-focused conference where IT executives can share best practices and challenges as they transformed their IT infrastructure for the digital economy.

Founding Board

From there, the two brought together the founding board of IT leaders from the likes of Bank of America, Fidelity Investments, JPMorgan Chase, UBS and Gap Inc. Managed by Nick and Ernest, the board worked together to create the first ONUG event, held on February 13, 2013, at the Fidelity Auditorium in Boston, Massachusetts.

Formation of the ONUG Collaborative

During the winter of 2019, Gene Sun, James Beeson and Daniel Conroy, CIOs of FedEx, Cigna and CTO of Raytheon Technologies respectively founded the ONUG Collaborative with Nick Lippis, co-founder and co-chair of ONUG. Its charter is to identify and provide solutions to cross-industry enterprise issues such as cybersecurity and data protection, which are significant areas of concern to large corporations. The first project of The Collaborative was to organize a working group focused on automating cloud governance. The Collaborative now comprises 8 Working Groups in total and are open to cloud vendors, cloud providers and IT executives.

ONUG Board

The ONUG Board has grown to include Bank of America, BNY Mellon, Cigna, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, FedEx, Fidelity, Gap Inc., GE, Intuit, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, TD Ameritrade, UBS, Oath/Yahoo, Kaiser Permanente, eBay and State Street Bank. ONUG prides itself on functioning as the collective voice of the enterprise IT community. Throughout the year, ONUG Collaborative Working Groups aggregate use case requirements, bringing together IT executives, academics, researchers, government representatives, vendors and cloud/service providers to contribute to the advancement of products and services required for an open cloud-based software-defined market to develop at scale.

Semiannual Conference
Throughout the Years

The ONUG semiannual conferences function as a product and reflection of the work being done in the working groups throughout the year. The conferences include keynotes from enterprise IT business leaders as they address their open software-defined cloud-based infrastructure journeys, updates from the ONUG Working Group members, hands-on tutorials and interactive labs, real-world use cases, proof of concept (PoC) demonstrations and a vendor technology showcase. As dictated by recent events, ONUG has transitioned from face-to-face-only events to a combination of in-person events and digital conferences.

The Goal

The goal of all ONUG events and Working Groups is to bring together the full IT community to allow IT business leaders to learn from peers, to make informed open infrastructure deployment decisions, and to create dialogue between the vendor and user communities to collectively drive open infrastructure choices and options via aggregated use case requirements.

Who Makes ONUG Possible?

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