Julie Pike
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Needham, MA- 07-17-2013- The Object Management Group (OMG®) held its quarterly technical meeting at the Radisson Blu in Berlin, Germany from June 17th-June 21st. The meeting was sponsored by No Magic, Prismtech, Accelare, Sparx Systems, Modeliosoft, Remedy IT, EADS, and Transentis. If you were unable to attend or would just like to see what you might have missed, read on to find various highlights from throughout the meeting week!

If you are interested in a more in-depth look at specific events or meetings- such as the European Business Architecture Innovation Summit or the Plenary Report Sessions, be sure to check out the meeting summary report by Claude Baudoin (cébé IT & Knowledge Management) and Uwe Kaufmann (ModelAlchemy) at http://www.omg.org/members/TMResourceHub/berlin-13/OMG_Berlin_notes_06-2013.pdf


During the week, the Business Process Model and Notation Model Interchange Working Group (BPMN MIWG) successfully demonstrated the smooth interchange of BPMN models. In total, five vendors of BPMN-based products (BoC Group, Signavio, Trisotech, Yaoqiang, and Camunda Services) participated with seven different tools in the demonstration. The group is planning to do more demonstrations in the future but does not currently have a set schedule. For the most up-to-date information on future demonstrations, be sure to visit www.omgwiki.org/bpmn-miwg/doku.php

The Model Interchange Architecture Board Special Interest Group (MISIG) was also chartered at the Berlin meeting. MISIG will demonstrate model interchange among tools that implement OMG modeling languages (ie UML, BPMN, ReqIF, SysML, UPDM, etc). It will define and publish test suites for interchange testing that will identify and resolve interchange issues associated with specifications and vendor implementations.

Also meeting during the week was the Software-Defined Networking (SDN) Working Group. This was the third meeting for the group which was only formed recently at the Reston, VA meeting in March. To find out about upcoming meetings and work done by the SDN Working Group, visit www.omg.org/sdn


The week was chock-full of special events for a wide range of industries. Following a successful run at the Reston, VA meeting in March, was the "European Business Architecture Innovation Summit" (cohosted by the Business Architecture Guild and sponsored by OpenText and Troux) The summit- which specialized in Europe's unique business situation- was equally productive as its state-side counterpart. Speakers from all over the world discussed the use and success of business architecture within the financial, insurance, manufacturing, transportation, healthcare, agribusiness and service industries. The summit included presentations from leading industry experts as well as an authors' panel discussion. A brief synopsis of each speaker's presentation can be found in the aforementioned summary by Mr. Baudoin and Mr. Kaufmann (http://www.omg.org/members/TMResourceHub/berlin-13/OMG_Berlin_notes_06-2013.pdf). 

Also taking place was the "Data Distribution Services (DDS)- the Intelligent Systems Backbone" event, which was sponsored by Prismtech and Real-Time Innovations. Traditionally, DDS-use has focused on the military/aerospace industries. However, in recent years, the use of DDS has spread to include a wider range of industries including: finance, healthcare, telecommunications, and automotive systems. The DDS event in Berlin was an opportunity to exhibit DDS's flourishing applications. To view case studies demonstrating DDS's successful uses in various fields, visit www.omg.org/hot-topics/dds.htm

The "Summit on Evolving an Open E-Health Platform" (cosponsored by HL7 International and HL7 Germany) proved to be an interesting day as healthcare professionals from all over the world discussed the increased use of e-health in the field. Speakers presented case studies from healthcare institutions based all over the world, including: Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Finally, the Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) hosted an event to spread its message of the importance of quality software as well as tout the OMG Automated Function Point (AFP) standard which CISQ helped to adopt. More information on AFP can be found below. To learn more about other standards CISQ has helped adopt, visit www.it-cisq.org/standards-page


At the Berlin meeting, the OMG Domain Technology Committee issued:

  • Request For Proposal for the Finite State Machine Component for RTC (FSM44RTC); and
  • Request For Information for the Hardware Abstraction Layer for Robots.

Details of these Requests and all other OMG Technology Adoption Processes currently underway can be found at http://www.omg.org/public_schedule


In addition, the Board voted to adopt three technical submissions and reports. These include:

  • Foundation for the Agile Creation and Enactment of Software Engineering Models (FACESEM)
  • Interaction Flow Modeling Language (IFML)
  • Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Rules (SBVR) 1.1

These specifications will be made available to the public for free download at www.omg.org


OMG's next meeting will take place at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, NJ from September 23rd-September 27th. More information on the event can be found at www.omg.org/nj-13.

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