La Jolla 2016
The Object Management
Group® (OMG®) held its quarterly Technical Meeting at the
Hyatt Regency Hotel in La Jolla, California, USA, from
December 7-11, 2015. At the meeting, the company issued
RFP, RFC and RFI specifications and requirements.
Multiple special events took place during the meeting
week such as
Standards at Work in the Internet of Things, Industrial
Internet West Coast Forum - Beyond the Hype: Deploying
the Industrial IoT in the Real World, Introduction to
OMG's Modeling & Middleware Specifications Tutorial,
Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) Summit and the Business
Architecture Reference Model Building Workshop.
following captures highlights from the week.
Chairs toured the Osprey aircraft at the Marine
Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California.
The Osprey uses tiltrotor technology to take off, land and
hover like a helicopter. Once airborne, it can
convert to a turboprop airplane capable of
high-speed, high-altitude flight.
RFPs, RFIs and RFCs
- Automated Enhancement Points (AEP) Request
for Comments (RFC) - This draft specification
of a uniform measure for accurate software
sizing is being issued for comments from the
industry. It provides a standardized way of
accurately measuring software size - critical to productivity analysis, vendor
management and maintenance and enhancement
- Languages, Countries and Codes (LCC) Request
for Comments (RFC) - This draft specification
provides formal, machine-readable
representations of the names of countries and
regions worldwide, and the languages spoken
within them, thus providing an essential
foundation for many financial, commercial,
government and academic applications. The
ontologies in this specification are based on
two existing ISO standards: ISO 639, Codes for
the representation of language names, and ISO
3166, Codes for representing country names and
their subdivisions. Comments are welcomed from
relevant industry experts, to inform an OMG
decision on formally publishing this
specification during 2016.
- Structured Assurance Case Metamodel (SACM)
2.0 Request for Comments (RFC) - This draft
specification builds on the first version of
OMG's successful SACM specification for
recording and exchanging design information
about safety-critical systems. Assurance Cases
are sets of auditable claims, arguments, and
evidence created to verify that a defined
system will satisfy specific requirements.
Comments on this draft specification are
welcomed from relevant experts.
- Healthcare Ordering Service Request for
Proposals (RFP) - This detailed requirements
document solicits specifications for an
efficient, accurate order management interface
that supports quality patient care, referral
management and care coordination across an
increasingly complex network of heterogeneous
- Cyber Security Protection for Front-Line RT
Systems Request for Information (RFI) - To
prepare for forthcoming standardization work
on cyber protection for military and first
responders' real-time, front-line information
systems, OMG is soliciting input from all
organizations and individuals with expertise
or relevant experience in this field.
- Data Residency Request for Information (RFI)
- As individual and corporate data is
increasingly stored in and moved between
multiple jurisdictions around the globe, data
owners, data controllers and national
regulators are increasingly demanding detailed
information on exactly which laws and
regulations govern the storage and disclosure
of that data. This RFI solicits information
about issues and practices related to the
location of data, movement of data across
geographies and jurisdictions, and protection
of that data against inadvertent access, to
prepare for possible future OMG
Further details of all of the above activities
can be found on OMG's Public Schedule web page: http://www.omg.org/public_schedule/
ADOPTION PROCESSES UNDERWAY
OMG Technical Committees also reviewed these
proposed new specifications:
- OntoIOp/DOL™ submission - A specification
for an abstract metalanguage with an
associated metamodel targeted at
cross-language interoperability among a class
of concrete languages used to record logical
expressions found in ontologies, models and
- Hardware Abstraction Layer for Robotic
Technology™ (HAL4RT™) submission - This
specification provides the base portion of a
software platform for robotics and control
systems, and aims to enable applications to
run on different hardware.
- FIBO® Financial Business and Commerce (FBC)
submission - This specification includes
ontologies that define financial instruments,
functional entities such as banks and
regulators, and financial products and
services within the framework of the Financial
Industry Business Ontology® (FIBO).
OMG members are currently holding a vote on
whether the organization should publish these
submissions as OMG specifications. All OMG
specifications are available for free download on
the OMG website: www.omg.org/spec/index.htm.
During the week, OMG held informational events
for the public:
Presentations from all events can be found
an OMG Member: Elisa Kendall
Kendall has been an active member of
OMG since 2002. She helped establish and
co-chaired the Ontology PSIG, co-authored
the Ontology Definition Metamodel (ODM),
and currently co-chairs the ODM Revision
Task Force. She is a voting member of a
number of other task forces, primarily in
Analysis and Design. Elisa is also an
elected member of the Architecture Board
and OMG BOD.
did you first join OMG and why do you go
to the meetings?
I first attended an OMG meeting in
2002, at the invitation of Evan Wallace
and some other folks who were organizing
an RFP for what became the Ontology
Definition Metamodel. I met Evan through
work I was doing for the
government on metadata and ontology
standards. He suggested that an early
prototype tool my company, Sandpiper
Software, had developed for ontology
modeling in UML®, was a great starting
point for ODM. We felt welcome from the
outset, and met a number of kindred
spirits, who didn't think it was lunacy to
use UML as a starting point for ontology
work. Since joining OMG, we haven't looked back.
What projects are you currently
working on with OMG?
I'm involved in several task forces
currently: a revision task force for the ODM,
the OntoIOp/DOL™ finalization task force
(DOL is focused on ontology
interoperability), an API4KP submission
team (to provide interfaces for
knowledge-based systems), and the new
Languages, Countries, and Codes RFC. I'm
also an active participant in the EDM
Council's FIBO® standards, and privileged
to be a member of the Architecture Board.
How has being a member of OMG
personally or professionally?
From a personal perspective, I've learned
a great deal from OMG colleagues, and
continue to do so. Many
of the folks I've worked with are among
the best in the world at what they do.
We're all curious, constantly
brainstorming about problems we're
attempting to solve, new directions for
the standards we're working on, and so
forth, which keeps me on my toes. I've
made wonderful friends through OMG, and
although we don't always agree on how to
address certain problems, I have
tremendous respect for every single person
Professionally, I think the standards
work we've been involved in has led,
either directly or indirectly, to a number
of the opportunities that have come my
way. As a consultant, one needs to
continuously make new contacts and
demonstrate forward-looking capabilities.
OMG has provided a place for me to do
that, through connections with people and
via recognition in the broader community
based on the standards I've participated
in developing and shepherding.
Why would you encourage other
professionals to join OMG?
I think for all of the reasons I've
already cited, and also to provide an
opportunity to shape the standards
that affect them. Some of the work we're
doing for FIBO (the Financial Industry
Business Ontology), for example, will
influence, if not drive, aspects of data
governance and reporting requirements for
the entire banking industry for the next
decade or more. The ontology-related
standards are critical for enabling
widespread adoption of semantic
technologies, especially from an
enterprise perspective. We are seeing
increasing requirements for
interoperability among analysis tools -
classification-based reasoners, rule
engines, recommendation systems,
predictive analytics - to support big data
and IoT initiatives, yet there are still
gaps in the standards to support them.
This is one of the primary areas we are
focused on, and I'll continue to encourage
anyone who cares about this to
OMG: In your opinion, what is
the top benefit of OMG membership?
That's a hard one. Of all of the
marketing, technology leadership, and
other benefits I can think of, the most
important benefit for our business has
been networking. A lot of business is
conducted "in the hallways" at
and between meetings. It goes both ways --
fellow members and OMG staff have made
strategic introductions for us, and we've
done so for other folks, with
well-qualified leads in many cases. But, I
can't emphasize enough how important
the personal relationships are.
Result of OMG Architecture Board Elections
Six candidates were nominated for six open
seats. On November 19, 2015, these nominees were
elected uncontested: Hugues Vincent, THALES; Doug
Tolbert, Unisys; Jason Smith, The Software
Revolution; Manfred Koethe, 88solutions; Richard
Beatch, Bloomberg; and J. D. Baker, Sparx Systems.
Five of the seats have two-year terms, and the
remaining one seat has a one-year term.
Congratulations to all of the new OMG AB Members.
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Meeting: Reston, VA, USA from March 14-18, 2016
Object Management Group is returning to Reston, VA for its
TC meeting. The meeting will take place at the Hyatt Regency
in Reston, Virginia (D.C. area). The following special events are scheduled
to take place during the week including:
to register by February 12th, 2016 before the Early Bird
Don't forget to follow the Reston TC meeting event on OMG's
social media channels and use the hashtag #OMGReston and handle @ObjectMgmtGroup in your tweets!
to Host Cyber Resilience Summit, March 15. 2016
The Consortium for IT Software Quality, in cooperation with the Object
Management Group, Interoperability Clearinghouse and IT Acquisition
Advisory Council, will host a Cyber Resilience Summit on Tuesday, March
15th during the OMG Technical Meeting to introduce software quality
standards for advancing the resiliency of software and
Hear from IT/cyber experts at the NSA, U.S. Department of Homeland
Security, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services discuss
cyber risk and IT acquisition best practices. The registration fee is
$195 or complimentary with OMG meeting week registration.
For more information, please visit: http://it-cisq.org/cyber-resilience-summit/
Published PaaS Whitepaper
In Q4, the Cloud Standards Customer Council
published a new deliverable: Practical
Guide to Platform-as-a-Service. This new guide
contains best practices for using PaaS in terms of
architecture, development processes, integration,
deployment, and operations.
The whitepaper is free
to download and share with your colleagues
implementing cloud solutions. Authors presented a PaaS
webcast that is now available to view on the
CSCC YouTube channel. Deliverables planned for early
2016 include a Practical Guide to Hybrid Cloud
Computing whitepaper and an IoT reference architecture.
Did You Know: OMG Manages
OMG has a proven track record of developing
communities of practice around cutting-edge
technology concepts. OMG currently manages the
Industrial Internet Consortium, the Cloud
Standards Customer Council (CSCC) and the Consortium
for IT Software Quality (CISQ).
learn how the Industrial Internet Consortium is accelerating the
development, adoption, and wide-spread use of interconnected machines
and devices, intelligent analytics, and people at work, please visit www.iiconsortium.org.
For more information about how CSCC accelerates the adoption of cloud
computing, please click on http://www.cloud-council.org.
Become involved in driving CISQ software quality measures at http://www.it-cisq.org.
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