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From the Object Management Group to OMG:
The Evolution of a Technology Standards Organization Over 25 Years

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CORBA Twenty-five years ago, eleven multi-national corporations sat down to create an international, open membership, not-for-profit technology standards consortium: the Object Management Group® (OMG®). The founders of OMG had the goal to standardize a common portable and interoperable object model with methods and data that work using all types of development environments on all types of platforms. The resulting standard for this was, of course, our cornerstone standard, CORBA (Common Object Request Broker Architecture).   Click here to see the original press release announcing the formation of OMG.  Click here to see the original press release announcing the adoption of CORBA.
   
UML This shift led to the adoption of one of OMG's most widely used specifications: the Unified Modeling Language (UML), as well as the underlying Meta-Object Facility (MOF). With UML, software developers can assure themselves that business functionality is complete and correct, end-user needs are met, and the program design supports requirements for scalability, robustness, security, extendibility, and other characteristics. As the predominant modeling language, UML has led to the development of a family of languages that are used in system engineering such as OMG's Systems Modeling Language (SysML), business process analysis based on OMG's Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN), enterprise architecture languages like OMG's Unified Profile for DoDAF & MODAF (UPDM), and the Service-oriented Architecture Modeling Language (SoaML). In the first decade or so after UML was adopted by OMG, the global market for object-oriented tools jumped from $30 million USD to $4 billion USD.
   
  Since 1997, OMG has turned its concentration towards standardization efforts in vertical markets. Focusing on verticals has allowed resulting OMG standards to be tailored to each industry's unique needs and concerns. Today, 85% of all OMG standardization efforts are directed towards over two dozen vertical markets including finance, insurance, and the automotive industries.
   
OCEB 2 Certification At the beginning of the new millennium, OMG began to expand with non-standards-related activities in order to work more in-depth with various technologies and industries. OMG's certification programs allow practitioners to gain recognition for their competency, prove that they are committed to their profession, and motivate themselves and colleagues to enhance their skills and knowledge. OMG certificates are also a great way for employers to evaluate potential new hires or analyze the job performance of current employees.Today, over 25,000 individuals have been certified through at least one of OMG's certification programs. 
   
  In 2007, the SOA Consortium was formed. An SOA advocacy group, the consortium was comprised of end-users, service providers, and technology vendors committed to helping the Global 100 successfully adopt SOA by 2010. Declaring the consortium's goal of spreading the message of SOA a success, the SOA Consortium evolved to focus on optimizing business processes as part of a new organization, the BPM/SOA Consortium under the umbrella of the Business Ecology Initiative.
   
CISQ In recent years, OMG has been behind the founding of other standards-related programs such as the Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC) - an end-user advocacy group dedicated to accelerating cloud's successful adoption and drilling down into the standards, security and interoperability issues surrounding the transition to the cloud. OMG also founded the Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) - an IT industry leadership group committed to introducing a computable metrics standard for measuring software quality and size.
   
CSCC CSCC and CISQ will not be the final OMG non-standards-related groups; more exciting groups investigating and sharing information in all sorts of technology and management areas will follow.

OMG has evolved over the past two decades from focusing solely on object-oriented standards, such as CORBA, to customizing standards to fit the vertical industries' needs, and looking at the larger environmental picture surrounding standards. With such a vast change in focus in the first quarter century, it'll be interesting to see how OMG's focus will continue to adapt and evolve to changing technologies over the next quarter century!

   

 

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