The Object Management Group®
(OMG®) held its quarterly
Technical Meeting at the Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel in Chicago,
Illinois, USA, in September. The public was invited to attend
The IIoT Challenges and Opportunities
special event featured OMG, Industrial Internet Consortium®
and outside experts who discussed the latest IIoT trends. During
the Cyber Risk Summit, speakers highlighted how
standards-based methods and solutions can combat cyber risk
and bolster security and resiliency of IT systems. The
Business Architecture Insurance Industry Reference Model
Workshop demonstrated how attendees can advance their
business architecture efforts. The Intro to OMG's Modeling
& Middleware Specifications Tutorial covered UML®
basics, and surveyed CORBA® middleware and OMG standards work in vertical
Other highlights from the week are captured below.
OMG Attendee Reception
raffle winners (l-r): Laura Hart, Dr. Bill Curtis,
Executive Director of the Consortium for IT Software
Quality™, Joe Vlietstra, Esther Brown, USAF Maj
Derrick Langley, Char Wales, co-chair of Middleware and Related Services Platform Task Force
and Kenichi Nakamura, Hardware
Abstraction Layer for Robotic Technology™ 1.0
Finalization Task Force chair
The OMG Board of Directors voted to adopt three
- The SysML® Extension for Physical
Interaction and Signal Flow Simulation
specification facilitates integration of
systems engineering models with physical
interaction and signal flow simulation models
widely used in industry.
- The Unified Architecture Framework® (UAF®)
specification is the latest revision of the
successful Unified Profile for DoDAF and MODAF™
(UPDM™) specification for representing
DoDAF, MODAF & NATO Architecture Framework
(NAF)-conformant architectures using UML and
- The Unified Component Model (UCM) for DRTE
Systems is a new specification for defining,
implementing and composing loosely-coupled
independent components in Distributed,
Real-Time and Embedded (DRTE) Systems. UCM
builds on the strengths of the original CORBA
Component Model™ (CCM™), to provide a
middleware-agnostic platform that is already
being actively used to create demanding
component-based aerospace applications.
To view these and other OMG specifications,
OMG Technical Committees voted to issue the Uncertainty
Modeling RFI. The Uncertainty RFI solicits
ideas, discussions, comments, recommendations,
user needs and experiences about uncertainty
modeling in system/software engineering, in
particular, complex systems, such as
Cyber-Physical Systems that typically operate in
complex and unpredictable environments.
Learn more about these and other technology
adoption processes underway at www.omg.org/public_schedule.
Below is a list of the TC meeting's special events which includes links to
where the presentations can be found.
- Business Architecture Insurance Reference
- Cyber Risk Summit
- IIoT Challenges and Opportunities
- Introduction to OMG's Modeling &
Middleware Specifications Tutorial
Ten OMG member representatives were elected to
the organization's Board of Directors for
three-year terms, to begin in January 2017. They
- Mr. Hedley Apperly, PTC (re-elected)
- Dr. Richard Beatch, Bloomberg LP (newly
- Mr. Gary Duncanson, No Magic, Inc.
- Mr. Paul Lipton, CA Technologies
- Dr. Jishnu Mukerji, HPE (re-elected)
- Dr. Toru Shimizu, JASA (newly elected)
- Dr. Jay Schnitzer, MITRE (newly elected
replacing Dr. Mark Maybury)
- Dr. Gerardo Pardo-Castellote, Real-Time
- Dr. Said Tabet, Dell (re-elected)
- Mr. Hugues Vincent, THALES (newly elected
replacing Virginie Watine)
an OMG Member: Henk de Man
Henk de Man is co-founder of VDMbee, a
company started to take advantage of the now
available OMG Value Delivery Modeling Language™
(VDML™) standard. VDMbee applies VDML for
the purpose of strategy rationalization and
business model planning, as well as for
bridging from strategy to Business IT
It provides a dashboard for decision
making about future direction. Henk was
one of the initiative takers and authors
of the Case Management Model and
Notation™ (CMMN™) specification, as
well as VDML.
When did you first join OMG and why do
you go to the meetings?
That was in June 2007, when the meeting
was held in Brussels. I think OMG invites
local companies, in the region where a
meeting is organized, in order for them to
"discover" OMG. And so our
company, Cordys at that time, was invited
to the June 2007 meeting. And that was the
first meeting I joined. Since then, I have
attended most of the meetings, as we
learned that working on something that is
standards-based, versus working on
something that is proprietary, makes a
world of difference. Standards provide
legitimacy to approaches, and they also
provide visibility. They fuel
collaboration in the industry, and that is
important not only for big and established
players, but even more so for small and
What projects are you currently
working on with OMG?
I am co-chair of two Revision Task
Forces at the moment. One is for VDML 1.1.
The other is for Structured Metrics
Metamodel™ (SMM™) 1.2. SMM is
important in the context of business value
measurement and impact analysis. For this
reason it is tightly integrated with VDML.
OMG: How has being a member
of OMG helped you either personally or
Via OMG meetings, your knowledge
networks expand, and you find friends with
a shared interest in developing industry
initiatives based on modeling standard
specifications as a foundation.
OMG: Why would you encourage
other professionals to join OMG?
I would in particular like to encourage
end users of tools and practitioners of
approaches that these tools support, to
participate in OMG. Co-creation between
vendors, practitioners and end users will
serve the industry best.
OMG: Are you involved in any
OMG certification programs? If so, how
have they benefitted you?
Not yet, but we hope that developing
OMG certification programs around recently
developed standards becomes a logical next
OMG:In your opinion, what is
the top benefit of OMG membership?
Membership makes the difference between
just using modeling standards versus
helping to influence or even incubate
them. And membership enables you to be
part of a broader movement that helps to
innovate business in your industries.
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Meeting: Coronado, California,
USA, December 5-9, 2016
Fall is approaching which means that OMG is
looking forward to its next TC
meeting which will be held in December in Coronado,
California, USA at the Loews Coronado Bay Hotel. Multiple special events are scheduled
to take place throughout the week including:
Stay tuned to www.omg.org
for more updates. Don't forget to follow the Coronado TC meeting event on OMG's
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Topic: Cloud Week 2016 - November 15-24
The BrightTALK network is hosting Cloud Week 2016 from
November 15-24. During Cloud Week, dozens of new cloud computing
presentations are aggregated and promoted to interested
attendees across the webinar platform.
Topics range from cloud storage models & APIs, to
security of mission-critical data, DRaaS, OpenStack, Hosted
Infrastructures and Scalability, and more. Tune in to hear from
the industry's top thought leaders and hear trends to look out
for in 2017.
During Cloud Week, the OMG's Cloud Standards Customer Council™
is presenting two webinars:
- Interoperability and Portability for Cloud Computing: A
November 15, 2016 from 11:00am - 12:00pm ET
- Latest Developments in Cloud Security Standards and
November 17, 2016 from 10:00am - 11:00am ET
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