This page contains information -- primarily pointers to
other documents -- about how the Architecture Board operates as well as
information useful for submitters of technology adoptions. You can jump
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Of the eleven AB seats, five are elected by the OMG's
Domain Technology Committee, five by the Platform Technology Committee,
and one is held by the independent chair (an OMG employee). Five seats
are elected each year, and each elected seat has a term of two years.
The current AB membership can be found here.
AB Operating Rules
The AB operates under a Constitution (approved by the
OMG Board of Directors) that establishes its domain of operations. The
AB can make changes to the published architectural documents of the OMG
and it approves RFP issuances and technology adoptions. To perform these
duties the AB has a set of less formal procedures that facilitate the
flow of actions between and during OMG meetings. It also occasionally
issues documents about what it expects in RFPs and submissions.
OMG Policies and Procedures
The OMG Policies and Procedures covers the operation of
the entire OMG, including the AB. It contains membership categories, the
organization (TCs and AB), and the procedure for technology adoptions.
The AB Constitution was approved by the OMG Board of
Directors in 1996. It can be found
AB Statement Types
The AB and its sub-groups produce discussion papers and
the AB occasionally makes definitive statements based on these so-called
green papers. Some statements change the OMG architectural documents.
Some statements address expectations for technology adoptions. At the
November, 1997 meeting, the AB established the kinds of statements
would utter. A later section contains the statements issued since that
AB Position -- The stated position is a recommended
approach for technology adoptions. Following this approach will
usually not lead to problems in gaining AB approval.
AB Policy -- The AB requires the subject matter to
be binding on all submissions. Deviations will usually result in
AB Architecture Finding -- The AB directs that the
OMG architectural documents (the OMA and the Reference Model) be
The AB establishes the general requirements for what
must go into an RFP. Every submission must satisfy these requirements. A
particular RFP adds specific technology details. The general
requirements are revised from time to time by AB actions. The current
version is available here.
Submission Template (ISO PAS
Several years ago, OMG decided to submit the majority of its
specifications to ISO to become ISO standards using either ISO JTC1's
PAS process or ISO's Fast-Track. For a specification from OMG to become
an ISO standard, it is
highly desirable that it be in a format closely approximating the ISO
format. (If it is not in an ISO-like format when the standard comes up
for its five year review in ISO, it will be withdrawn). A
template is available for formatting submissions to RFPs in the ISO
PAS format. It is highly recommended that submitters to an RFP adopt
this format as soon as the Initial Submission. RFCs must be proposed
using this format.
The following are Architecture Board Policy statements:
The AB charters subgroups, Sub-Committees and Special
Interest Groups for various reasons. In some cases, the groups discuss
architectural or cross-domain matters and present recommendations to the
AB or the TCs. In other cases they are housed under the AB umbrella as a
matter of convenience because they don't reasonably fit in a TC. In all
cases, these groups have no ability to issue RFPs or make technology
adoptions because that power is vested only in the TCs.
The subgroups could be found within the TC
Candidates for AB Seats must submit the following to
Election Nomination Form signed by at least ten OMG members in
good standing (Domain or Contributing for a DTC Seat and Platform or
Contributing for a PTC Seat.) To get elected, the
candidate has to be well known to the voters (either in person or by
reputation). Canvassing helps, but ultimately people vote
for someone they respect personally.
A letter from the candidate's employer committing at
the maximum 25% of the candidate's time to AB activity. If
elected, the candidate must attend almost all the OMG meetings for the duration of the term. Skipping more than the
odd one activates a clause in the P&P that leads
to the AB member being "retired"
(sic). A template suggesting the form that this letter might take is
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