OMG Members Meet; Advance CORBA and OMA Standards; Expand Organization's Scope; Standardize Wireless Protocol for CORBA.Business/Technology Editors
NEEDHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 8, 2001
At the latest technical meeting week, members of the Object Management Group (OMG) started the final series of votes that will formalize adoption of a wireless protocol for CORBA (Common Object Request Broker Architecture) A software-based interface from the Object Management Group (OMG) that allows software modules (objects) to communicate with each other no matter where they are located on a private network or the global as an OMG standard. Spearheaded by the OMG's Telecommunications Domain Task Force (Telecomms DTF), the new specification extends the robust world of CORBA (Common Object Request Broker Architecture (standard, programming) Common Object Request Broker Architecture - (CORBA) An Object Management Group specification which provides a standard messaging interface between distributed objects.
The original CORBA specification (1. ) networking to mobile wireless devices such as cellular telephones, pagers, and hand-held computers.
This OMG Technical Meeting Week, sponsored by Borland Corporation, attracted over 400 OMG members and guests to Irvine, Calif., USA from February 26 to March 2, 2001 where they advanced this and many more standards efforts and participated in other related activities. Over 50 specialists in Healthcare informatics attended a Healthcare Security Information Day to hear presentations on security in healthcare computing systems; featured speaker was Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice of NIH "Not invented here." See digispeak.
NIH - The United States National Institutes of Health. , one of the authors of the US Government's HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996, Public Law 104-191) Also known as the "Kennedy-Kassebaum Act," this U.S. law protects employees' health insurance coverage when they change or lose their jobs (Title I) and provides standards for patient health, healthcare security requirement. OMG members viewed demonstrations of eight CORBA-based products, and heard tutorials on CORBA, the Object Management Architecture, XML in CORBA systems, and the Unified Modeling Language See UML.
(language) Unified Modeling Language - (UML) A non-proprietary, third generation modelling language. The Unified Modeling Language is an open method used to specify, visualise, construct and document the artifacts of an object-oriented software-intensive system (UML).
Model-Driven Architecture (MDA (1) (Monochrome Display Adapter) The first IBM PC monochrome video display standard for text. Due to its lack of graphics, MDA cards were often replaced with Hercules cards, which provided both text and graphics. See PC display modes and Hercules Graphics. )
At this meeting, OMG members expanded the scope of the organization's standards by voting to endorse moving to a Model-Driven Architecture (MDA). Based on platform-independent UML models which map to multiple middleware platforms, specifications in the MDA support cross-platform interoperability and portability and thus preserve software ROI (Return On Investment) The monetary benefits derived from having spent money on developing or revising a system. In the IT world, there are more ways to compute ROI than Carter has liver pills (and for those of you who never heard of that expression, it means a lot). as middleware technology shifts over time. This expansion of OMG's mission does not affect the organization's commitment to CORBA, the world's only standard, vendor- and platform-independent middleware platform. For more about OMG and the MDA, go to www.omg.org/mda.
OMG's Domain Technology Committee (DTC DTC
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See Depository Trust Company (DTC). ) standardizes technology in vertical industries including Manufacturing, Transportation, Telecommunications, Finance, and Insurance. At this meeting, the DTC started final votes on two new standards: A Data Acquisition from Industrial Systems (DAIS) Facility couples applications to data sources in industrial settings such as electric power generation and distribution, other utilities including water and sewer, and manufacturing processes. And, an Organizational Structure Facility will support Human Resources (HR) and related systems in large enterprises and organizations such as the US Navy, which added its name to the submission as a supporter.
The DTC charters Task Forces that standardize technology in different areas. At this meeting, the DTC chartered the C4I (Consultation, Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence) Domain Task Force. This new Task Force will develop software standards to support crisis responses and military operations in such areas as logistics command and control, and medical care delivery during disasters and emergencies.
Platform Technology Committee (PTC (PTC, Needham, MA, www.ptc.com) Long a world leader in mechanical computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering software, PTC, through acquisitions and reorganization, has transformed itself into a leading provider of Internet-based B2B solutions for discrete manufacturers. ) Standards Efforts
OMG's PTC works on standards that affect the CORBA infrastructure, and on object-oriented analysis and design Object-oriented analysis and design (OOAD) is a software engineering approach that models a system as a group of interacting objects. Each object represents some entity of interest in the system being modeled, and is characterised by its class, its state (data elements), and its . In the infrastructure arena, the PTC started final votes on a standard object reference template that will enhance CORBA's support for application server builders and vendors. The Unified Modeling Language (UML), one of the OMG's most widely-used standards, supports analysis and design in every object-oriented environment. Expanding their work on the next generation of UML, OMG members initiated the standardization process for interchange of UML diagrams with the issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP (Request For Proposal) A document that invites a vendor to submit a bid for hardware, software and/or services. It may provide a general or very detailed specification of the system.
1. (business) RFP - Request for Proposal.
Any company may join OMG and respond to the RFPs that define new standards efforts. To access the RFPs, see www.omg.org/schedule. For membership information, see www.omg.org/membership.
Election to OMG's Architecture Board
OMG's Architecture Board (AB) evaluates all RFPs and candidate specifications for consistency with the organization's Object Management Architecture and existing specifications. Elected by vote of the organization's Contributing, Platform, and Domain category member companies, AB members serve two-year terms. Once each year, five members are elected (or re-elected) to fill seats whose terms have expired. At this meeting, the following were elected: Keith Duddy of DSTC DSTC Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (Volvo)
DSTC Distributed Systems Technology Centre (Australian government/industry consortium)
DSTC J. F. ; Sridhar Iyengar of Unisys Corporation; Julien Maisonneuve of Alcatel; Robert Mickley of Gazebo Software Solutions; and Jeff Mischkinsky of Oracle Corporation.
OMG Board of Directors Meeting
Following approval by an OMG Task Force, Architecture Board, and Technology Committee, a vote by the OMG's Board of Directors officially declares a new specification. The Board met in Irvine to give final approval to four new and nine revised specifications: New technology adoptions include a mapping of OMG Interface Definition Language See IDL.
Interface Definition Language - (IDL) 1. An OSF standard for defining RPC stubs.
2. Part of an effort by Project DOE at SunSoft, Inc. to integrate distributed object technology into the Solaris operating system. (IDL (1) (Interface Definition Language) A language used to describe the interface to a routine or function. For example, objects in the CORBA distributed object environment are defined by an IDL, which describes the services performed by the object and how the data ) to the programming language PL/1; the mapping of XML to CORBA valuetypes; and two specifications supporting biotechnology: a bibliographic query service, and a facility for the representation of macromolecular mac·ro·mol·e·cule
A very large molecule, such as a polymer or protein, consisting of many smaller structural units linked together. Also called supermolecule. structure. Maintenance revisions were adopted for these OMG specifications: CORBA Core; CORBA Interoperability; the CORBA Event and Notification Services; the mapping of IDL to Java; the Object Transaction Service; the Negotiation Facility supporting electronic commerce; and two service supporting healthcare: the Clinical Observations Access Service and Person Identifier Service.
About The OMG
With the support of its membership of software vendors, software developers and end users, the OMG's CORBA is "The Middleware That's Everywhere(TM)." Since 1989, the OMG has been "Setting The Standards For Distributed Computing(TM)" through its mission to promote the theory and practice of object technology for the development of distributed computing systems. The goal is to provide a common architectural framework for object-oriented applications based on widely available interface specifications. The OMG is headquartered in Needham, MA, USA, with an office in Tokyo, Japan as well as international marketing offices in Bahrain, Germany, India, and the UK, along with a U.S. government representative in Washington, DC, USA. The OMG is also a major sponsor of the Integrate 2001 trade show and conference, which will be held September 19-21, 2001 in New York City New York City: see New York, city.
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