When did you first join OMG and why do
you go to the meetings?
My first face-to-face encounter with
the OMG was at the Fall, 2013 Quarterly
meeting in New Brunswick, NJ. I honestly
had no idea what to expect as I had been
invited along by a colleague who found
himself in over his technical head with
all the talk of semantics and OWLs and
such. We attended the meeting with the
hope that we might be able to work with
the OMG in our efforts to disrupt the
Financial Instrument Identifier space. To
this end, we were sitting in on the
Finance Domain Task Force meetings to get
a sense of what might be involved. To put
it nicely, I quickly found myself feeling
rather at home; the various folks were,
give or take a bit, speaking my language!
Shortly after attending the meeting, we
sorted out our membership and got to work.
What projects are you currently
working on with OMG?
I am involved in the care and feeding of
the FIGI standard, which is what brought
us to the table in the first place, but,
as noted above, finding myself rather at
home with the Finance Domain Task Force
crowd. I was asked to
be the lead on the first FIBO Content
Team, working on extending FIBO to cover
securities and equities. From there, I
have found myself involved, in one way or
another, with every FIBO standard to come
through the OMG. Finally, being a glutton
for punishment, I have taken a two-year
seat on the Architecture Board.
OMG: How has being a member
of OMG helped you either personally or
The easy obvious answer revolves around
expanding both my network and my domain
knowledge, both in finance and in
technology, but it is more than that. I
have deepened my understanding of both
systems and business architecture through
this journey. This is both a personal and
professional benefit as I have enjoyed the
process, but I am also, I think, adding
more value at my "day job" as I
have a both a broader and deeper
knowledge-base from which to draw in
helping shape decisions within my area.
OMG: Why would you encourage
other professionals to join OMG?
Beyond the benefits noted above, the
exposure to thought-leaders from across
both one's own industry and other
industries is both fascinating and highly
beneficial. The sheer diversity of
expertise represented at any given OMG
meeting is overwhelming. If I had been
asked five years ago if I would be on a
first name basis with people who work at
NIST, the Mayo Clinic or who are,
literally, rocket scientists, I would have
laughed. The benefit of developing and
fostering these relationships cannot,
realistically, be quantified.
OMG: In your opinion, what is
the top benefit of OMG membership?
One word: perspective. Being involved with
OMG gives one such an enhanced
perspective on both one's own area as well
as technology in a much broader sense. I
know of no other organization that brings
these two aspects together nearly as well.
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