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Object Management Group Chairs Update Technology Standards
New OMG Members Elected to Architecture Board

NEEDHAM, MA – JANUARY 17, 2020 – International technology standards consortium Object Management Group® (OMG®) announced important updates from its quarterly membership meeting, which took place in Long Beach, California from December 9-13, 2019.

The chairs of OMG Task Forces (TFs) and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) presented updates about their standards work that will influence the future direction of technology, especially when it comes to model-based systems engineering (MBSE), business modeling, space communications, artificial intelligence (AI), software quality and cyber intelligence, among other areas.

At the meeting, two new OMG members were elected to the OMG Architecture Board (AB) and four members were re-elected, joining their three colleagues (listed below). The OMG AB is the technical oversight board that acts as a senior advisory body on a wide range of technologies and processes of OMG.

New OMG AB Members

  • Daniel Brookshier, Dassault Systemes
  • Matteo Vescovi, Micro Focus

Re-elected OMG AB Members

  • Richard Beatch, Bloomberg
  • Elisa Kendall, Thematix Partners
  • J.D. Baker, Sparx Systems
  • Hugues Vincent, Thales

Returning OMG AB Members

  • Sridhar Iyengar, IBM
  • Manfred Koethe, 88Solutions
  • Pete Rivett, Adaptive

 Here is a summary of the accomplishments and work in process of OMG working groups:

"The Manufacturing and Industrial Systems (ManTIS) Domain Task Force (DTF) further discussed aspects of the Product Knowledge Framework (PKF) Request for Information (RFI), which is about the ontological integration of model-based information and data relevant in product development. Responses to the RFI are due for the June OMG Technical Committees Meeting. ManTIS also continued elaborating on the model integration and interchange problems in MBSE and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). The Simple Electronic Notation for Sensor Readout (SENSR) revised submission was recommended for issuance. ManTIS also reached out to the Augmented Reality / Spatial Web community and stipulated future cooperation. Furthermore, ManTIS chairs participated in a joint call with the chairs of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) Standards Task Group and identified formal and model-based methods for the description of Digital Twins as a field of common interest and agreed upon closer collaboration," said Uwe Kaufmann, Owner and CEO, ModelAlchemy Consulting and Co-Chair of the ManTIS DTF.

"The Systems Engineering Domain Special Interest Group (DSIG) meetings included presentations and demonstrations on different aspects of MBSE standards, including an update on the Unified Architecture Framework, the Open CAESAR Platform being led by JPL, the SysML Extension for Physical Interaction and Signal Flow Simulation (SysPhS), an update on the SysML v2 submission status, and an overview of the enhanced quantities model for SysML v2. Other topics included a summary of the SysML publications from 2007 to 2017, and a demonstration of a systems modeling tool that integrates with PLM to iterate on the system requirements, logical, and physical design," said Sandy Friedenthal, Chair, Systems Engineering DSIG and Principal Systems Engineer at Lockheed Martin.

"The Business Modeling and Integration (BMI) Domain Task Force reviewed the progress in submissions for a Business Architecture Core Metamodel (BACM) and a Standard Business Report Model (SBRM), both of which should be ready for adoption in March or June 2020," said Claude Baudoin, Co-Chair, Business Modeling & Integration Domain Task Force and Owner and Principal consultant at cébé IT and Knowledge Management.

"The Middleware and Related Services (MARS) Platform Task Force (PTF) had another busy and productive week; we recommended the IDL4 to C# Language Mapping specification for adoption and the DDS C# API RFP for issuance. When the specification for the DDS C# API is adopted, it will join a dozen other DDS-related specifications MARS has developed since the DDS specification was first adopted in 2003. MARS also continued its close collaboration with the Blockchain Platform Special Interest Group (PSIG) and expects to be working on a number of Request for Comments (RFCs) and Request for Proposals (RFPs) in this area," said Charlotte Wales, Co-Chair of the Middleware and Related MARS PTF and Lead Software Engineer at The MITRE Corporation.

"The Analysis and Design Platform Task Force (ADTF) is working with NASA to respond to the Space Telecommunications Interface RFP," said Dr. Jeff Smith, Co-Chair of the ADTF and Chief Systems Engineer, Multi Agency Collaboration Environment.

"The Artificial Intelligence (AI) Platform Task Force held its first meeting since being chartered in September. The 20+ participants from a broad cross-section of industries and government created a list of areas of standardization and a roadmap for Task Force activities in 2020," said Claude Baudoin, Co-Chair, Artificial Intelligence Platform Task Force and Owner and Principal consultant at cébé IT and Knowledge Management.

"The Consortium for Information and Software Quality (CISQ) hosted a two-day workshop to continue refining the specification for a Software Bill of Materials standard.  Based on the progress made, CISQ anticipates submitting the standard to OMG for public review by mid-2020," said Dr. Bill Curtis, Founding Executive Director, CISQ.

"The Cloud Working Group (CWG) completed and issued a Request for Information (RFI) on Cyber Insurance. Responses to this RFI will guide the development of a discussion paper on how a cloud customer may protect itself from business losses due to cloud failures, whether accidental or malicious," said Claude Baudoin, Co-Chair of the Cloud Working Group and Owner and Principal consultant at cébé IT and Knowledge Management.

For a full list of OMG works in progress, visit https://www.omg.org/public_schedule/. To participate in OMG specifications, visit https://www.omg.org/memberservices/index.htm.


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