OMG Announces Model Interchange Working Group
Working group has successfully completed first test case for
UML®-based modeling tool interoperability
Needham, MA, USA - July 8, 2009 - OMG™ members have formed the Model
Interchange Working Group (MIWG) to demonstrate and facilitate
interoperability between UML®-based modeling tools. The group's initial
focus is on model interchange between UML®, OMG SysML™, and Unified
Profile for DoDAF and MODAF (UPDM) -capable tools. MIWG comprises end
users, tool vendors and experts in the UML and XMI® standards.
The MIWG's approach is to create an export of the same UML model from
each participating vendor's tool and then import those models into each
other's tool. The XML Metadata Interchange (XMI) format, the OMG standard
for exchanging models, is used by the MIWG to transfer the model data
among the participating tools. This approach will be applied across a
number of test cases representing different types of models. The first
test case, representing a UML Class Model, has been successfully
completed, and is available on the group's Wiki page at http://www.omgwiki.org/model-interchange.
Subsequent test cases will also be posted to the Wiki.
"End-users, large and small, value the ability to seamlessly move
models between the various tools they use. We felt it was imperative that
we could prove that tools that are built on OMG standards are in fact
interoperable," said Richard Mark Soley, Ph.D., chairman and CEO,
OMG. "Studies have shown that UML is in use in more than 70% of
software-development organizations, along with other profiles such as
SysML and UPDM that have extended UML for specific domains. As usage of
these standards increase, it becomes even more critical that model
interoperability is ensured."
"Model interchange is essential to achieve integration among a
broad range of systems and software design and analysis tools," said
Sanford Friedenthal, from Lockheed Martin and chair of the MIWG. "End
users are beginning to expect this capability in their tools, and the
standards have matured to a level that this is now achievable. In
addition, the vendor participants in the MIWG are working very hard to
deliver this capability. They have found this interchange process to
provide an efficient mechanism to enhance model interchange as indicated
in their responses."
"We have found our involvement in the OMG's Model Interchange
Working Group to be highly valuable," stated Hedley Apperly, VP
Marketing at Artisan. "Not only did we help define the first standard
test case for model interchange but we have already used it to improve
Artisan Studio, resulting in real model interchange benefits for our
customers. Along with the other MIWG members, we would encourage other
modeling tool vendors to get involved and reap the benefits of
"Based on the technology of the Objecteering UML modeling tool,
SOFTEAM has set up in 2009 a new generation of modeling tool called
Modelio (http://www.modeliosoft.com). Interoperability is nowadays a
critical feature required by the market," said Philippe Desfray, VP
for R&D, SOFTEAM. "This MIWG effort between vendors and other
contributors, based on the latest generation of OMG standards using XMI,
will provide effective proven modeling tool interoperability. SOFTEAM
welcomes this OMG MIWG initiative, and invests efforts into this working
group in order to guarantee the interoperability of the Modelio modeling
"Model interchange is increasingly important to our customers'
businesses, and we are pleased to be able to take an active role in this
initiative," said Sridhar Iyengar, IBM Distinguished Engineer.
"For a long time our development teams have worked to promote
modeling standards and model interchange. This concerted effort to create
and agree upon a model interchange standard will allow our customers to
more effectively participate in development processes that involve
multiple design teams and modeling tools."
Participating Vendors include Adaptive, Artisan, EmbeddedPlus, IBM,
NoMagic, Sodius, SOFTEAM, and SPARX Systems. The US National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST) is participating to provide a validation
tool as a key enabler of this process. Model Driven Solutions (MDS) has
been providing additional technical expertise and configuration management
support of the modeling artifacts.
The MIWG is continuing to produce test cases on an incremental basis
to provide extensive coverage of areas of interoperability for UML, SysML
and UPDM. Any organization that wishes to participate in the MIWG is
encouraged to join OMG. For more information on OMG membership, please
contact Ken Berk, vice president, business development at firstname.lastname@example.org
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