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OMG Advances Standards for Business Modeling, Government and Real-time & Embedded Systems at Technical Meeting in Jacksonville, FL.

Meeting September 24-28 also hosted seminars and co-located meeting of the SOA Consortium

NEEDHAM, Mass. -- Members of the Object Management Group[TM] (OMG[TM]) met in Jacksonville, Florida during the week of September 24-28, 2007, sponsored by Adaptive, Sparx Systems and Collaborative Consulting. At this meeting, four new standards finished the adoption process and were later approved by the OMG Board of Directors. In addition, several other proposed specifications advanced in the adoption process. This meeting was co-located with the SOA Consortium.

The OMG Board of Directors has voted to adopt four specifications:

* Business Process Maturity Model (BPMM) A BPMM describes an evolutionary improvement path that guides organizations in moving from immature, inconsistent processes to mature, disciplined processes.

* UML[R] Profile for DoDAF and MODAF (UPDM) This specification defines a UML Profile for the Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF) and the Ministry of Defence Architecture Framework (MODAF).

* UML Profile for Modeling and Analysis of Real-time & Embedded Systems (MARTE) This specification defines a UML profile that adds capabilities for modeling Real Time and Embedded Systems (RTES), and for analyzing schedulability and performance properties of UML specifications.

* Lightweight Load Balancing Service A Load Balancing Service is a CORBA[R] service that distributes incoming requests across a set of server replicas.

Several Finalization Reports were also approved by the board:

* Data Distribution Service (DDS) Interoperability Protocols Finalization

* UML Profile for CORBA & CORBA Components Model (CCM) Finalization

* 2nd Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) Finalization

* 2nd MOF Query/Views/Transformation (QVT) Finalization

* UML Profile for Voice Finalization

Additional Specifications Moving Toward Adoption

In addition to the specifications and finalization reports mentioned, the following specifications are expected to go before the OMG Board of Directors for adoption at the next meeting.

* Federal Transition Framework RFP The US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created the Federal Transition Framework (FTF) for organizing, sharing and cataloging architectural information on cross-organizational initiatives, consistent with the US Federal Enterprise Architecture. OMB and OMG have created a roadmap for working collaboratively to evolve this framework model as a MOF-based industry standard for commercial tools and repositories to manage, query, and retrieve enterprise architecture information related to cross-organizational initiatives.

* Production Rule Representation RFP This proposed standard addresses the requirement for a common production rule representation, as used in rule engines from a variety of vendors today. Production rules provide an alternative, convenient representation for the many business rules that define the behavior in models and systems.

* Conversion Models for Payment Message (CM4PM) RFP The proposed CM4PM standard will provide a declarative, model driven mechanism to perform message transformation - not only to handle the movement of data between different message formats, but also to create a versioning mechanism so that new version of a message can be mapped to older version. This can help reduce the barriers that prevent the introduction of new versions of messages and thereby greatly reduce the cost of change.

* MOF2.0 Facility/Object Lifecycle RFP This RFP is part of the next major revision of the OMG Meta Object Facility specification. It separates out those aspects of MOF related to communicating with and managing the 'facilities' responsible for providing the capabilities covered by the other MOF RFPs.

Get Involved: Processes Open for Participation

OMG is an open-membership organization and welcomes any organization, government agency, or university to join and contribute to our specifications. The following are currently open to participation.

* Data Tagging and Labeling for Security and Privacy RFI This RFI solicits information about requirements, standards, products and impact on current systems related to the development and integration of Labeling/Tagging strategies for information storage, dissemination, and use within complex, distributed, multi-level and multi-tiered systems.

* Diagram Type Definition RFP This RFP requests a specification with the goal of enabling the definition and exchange of diagram syntax definitions and their bindings to MOF-based abstract syntaxes

* Information Transformation Services RFI This RFI addresses the problem of transforming information across system boundaries.

* Software Assurance Evidence Metamodel RFP This RFP solicits proposals for a metamodel for representing information related to Software Assurance Evidence. This metamodel shall provide a common repository structure that will facilitate the exchange of information between different Software Assurance tools and services.

* Transliteration and Transcription Services RFI This RFI addresses the problem of transliterating and transcribing data. In particular, place and people names

Non-members may download any RFP, RFC or RFI from http://www.omg.org/public_schedule. For some processes, member votes have extended the Letter of Intent (LOI) dates beyond the deadline stated in the RFP. For more information on any RFP, send an email to info@omg.org.

Next Meeting; Links to Additional Information

OMG members will meet next in Burlingame, Calif., USA during the week of December 10-14, 2007. Members and non-members are invited to attend the MARTE Information Day, OMG Tutorials and co-located meeting with the SOA Consortium (http://www.soa-consortium.org) that will be held during the meeting week.

Interested non-members may attend OMG Technical Meetings as observers; for an invitation see http://www.omg.org/tcguest. Members may register for the meeting at http://www.omg.org/registration. All OMG specifications may be downloaded free of charge from http://www.omg.org/specifications.

About the Object Management Group

OMG is an international, open membership, not-for-profit computer industry consortium. OMG Task Forces develop enterprise integration standards for a wide range of technologies, including: Real-time, Embedded and Specialized Systems, Analysis & Design, Architecture-Driven Modernization and Middleware and an even wider range of industries, including: Business Modeling and Integration, C4I, Finance, Government, Healthcare, Legal Compliance, Life Sciences Research, Manufacturing Technology, Robotics, Software-Based Communications and Space.

OMG's modeling standards, including the Unified Modeling Language[TM] (UML[R]) and Model Driven Architecture[R] (MDA[R]), enable powerful visual design, execution and maintenance of software and other processes, including IT Systems Modeling and Business Process Management. OMG's middleware standards and profiles are based on the Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA[R]) and support a wide variety of industries.

More information about OMG can be found at www.omg.org. OMG is headquartered in Needham, MA, USA.

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