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April 24-28, 2006
St. Louis, Missouri, USA at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel
Written March 13, 6 weeks pre-meeting, based on preliminary information from deadlines and wrap-ups presented in Tampa about one month ago. Check the OMG website for confirmation and details as the meeting date approaches, especially the agenda page http://www.omg.org/agendas.
OMG Technical Meeting Week Overview
OMG members will meet the week of April 24-28 at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, co-sponsored by Express Scripts (www.express-scripts.com), Object Computing, Inc. (www.ociweb.com), and Boeing (www.boeing.com). During the week, members will advance technology through the group’s adoption process, attend special events and tutorials, and view demonstrations of OMG-compliant products. If you work for an OMG member company, you can register for the meeting at http://www.omg.org/registration. (Check http://www.omg.org/memberlist for our list of member companies.) If your company is not a member, you can request guest registration at http://www.omg.org/tcguest. If you plan to attend only tutorials, check the appropriate box on the web form to receive the reduced special event rate.
Hotel Reservation and Registration “Early Bird” Deadlines for St. Louis
The “Early Bird” deadline for meeting registration is Monday March 27; register and pay before that date to save $100 on your meeting fee. Attendees who stay in the hotel room block save an additional $200 off their meeting registration fee. The deadline for hotel reservations in the OMG room block is Monday, April 3; reservations will be available at the exceptionally low $109 OMG rate only until the cutoff date or until the block is filled, whichever comes first, so we recommend that you reserve your room early. OMG members save an additional $100 off the full meeting registration fee. These discounts add up; OMG members who register by the early-bird deadline and stay in the Hilton room block save $400 – half off the full-price meeting fee.
MEETING WEEK HIGHLIGHTS:
OMG Tutorial Series:
UML Certification Examinations:
OMG Specifications Work:
OMG TUTORIAL SERIES:
“MOF Metamodeling Tutorial,” by Pete Rivett, Adaptive, Monday morning.
This tutorial will cover the basics and subtleties of metamodeling for MOF2, with practical examples from UML2 and custom metamodels, and how to create, extend and integrate MOF metamodels using UML and other tools.
“Architecture-Driven Modernization Concepts and Task Force Update” by William M. Ulrich, Tactical Strategy Group, and members of the ADM PTF, Monday afternoon.
Architecture-driven modernization (ADM) offers effective options to help organizations realign and reinvent themselves and their existing systems. Modernization takes over where other IT options have fallen short. The OMG ADM Task Force is developing a series of standards to allow modernization tools to collectively work more effectively for the betterment of the projects and customers relying on these tools.
This seminar will overview ADM concepts and discuss various ADM project scenarios that benefit user organizations and customers. It will also provide an overview of the ADM roadmap and an update on each of the ADM standards in place, under development or in the planning stages. This seminar will benefit anyone who wants to gain an understanding of how modernization can benefit various types of IT projects and how the ADM Task Force is working to further these efforts.
1300: ADM TF Update, Roadmap & Scenario Overview, William Ulrich
1340: KDM Package, Nicolai Mansurov
1420: ASTM Package, Philip Newcomb
1530: Analysis Package, Howard Hess
1600: Metrics Package Overview, Larry Hines
1630: Roadmap Packages: Integration Overview, Vitaly Khusidman
“Introduction to OMG’s Modeling and Middleware Specifications” by Dr. Jon Siegel, OMG, on Tuesday morning.
Dr. Jon Siegel, OMG’s Vice President, Technology Transfer, will present this tutorial “Introduction to OMG Specifications.” New sections on MOF-enabled transformation and UML 2.0 Diagram types highlight this comprehensive tutorial. OMG is the source of the computing industry’s modeling specifications; our MetaObject Facility (MOF) and XML Metadata Interchange (XMI) establish the foundation needed to integrate modeling with the downstream development steps – coding, deployment, and maintenance. Following an explanation of how these foundation specifications bridge the gap from modeling to implementation, the tutorial covers UML basics – class diagrams, components, and several key behavioral diagrams, including advances in UML 2.0. This foundation enables the Model Driven Architecture (MDA), presented in the next segment. The final portion of the tutorial surveys CORBA middleware, the Object Management Architecture, and OMG standards work in the vertical domains.
“MDA–Where it Came From and Where It’s Going,” by Dave Frankel, SAP, on Tuesday afternoon.
This presentation begins by discussing how value chain oriented business and service oriented architecture are key trends that contributed to the emergence of MDA and that are pushing it forward today. The presentation then provides an architectural overview of MDA in its current state, covering the following topics:
Finally, the presentation examines trends to provide a glimpse of the future of MDA.
“Introduction to UML 2.0” by Jim Amsden, IBM Rational Software, Wednesday morning.
This tutorial gives an overview of the most important features of UML 2.0 and the rationale behind them. Special emphasis is given to the new concepts that enable MDA, particularly for large-scale systems.
“Introduction to the Data Distribution Service” by Gerardo Pardo-Castellote, CTO, Real-Time Innovations, Inc.; and Victor Giddings, Senior Scientist, Objective Interface Systems, Inc., on Wednesday afternoon.
The Data Distribution Service (DDS) is a recently adopted OMG specification that adds typed, multi-point data distribution between publishers and subscribers. This data-centric communications decouples publishers of information from subscribers in several dimensions. The DDS specification defines a Platform Independent Model that is independent of implementation technology, as well as a Platform Specific Model for implementation in CORBA technology. DDS consists of two different layers: the Data Centric Publish and Subscribe (DCPS) layer and the Data Local Reconstruction Layer (DLRL). The DCPS presents an easy to use interface that allows anonymous publication and subscription to typed topics. Extensive Quality of Service parameters are defined for the DCPS to allow architects to tailor systems to varied application requirements. The DLRL layer presents an object-oriented view of a data model and methods to tie entities of the data model to the DCPS. These entities will then be distributed and shared. This tutorial will cover the contents of the DDS specification, contrast it with other OMG specifications that offer data distribution capabilities, and discuss its possible application in different system architectures.
UML CERTIFICATION EXAMINATIONS
Every attendee may receive a certificate redeemable for $30 discount on an OMG UML Certification Examination taken at any Prometric examination site world-wide within 30 days of this St. Louis meeting. For more information, see http://www.omg.org/meetingUMLcertinfo.
WORK ON OMG SPECIFICATIONS
Building on weeks of work via email and teleconference, OMG members get together at five (soon to become four) technical meetings per year to discuss and vote on new specifications as they progress through our group’s adoption process. With almost 100 adoptions underway at different stages, there is always a lot happening. Members’ (and especially non-submitting members’) best chance to influence a new specification is in the writing of the RFP, and next by commenting at the presentation of initial submissions a few meetings later. At the next stage, presentation of revised submissions, members on the voting list for a specification will decide if a submission is ready for adoption. If it is, they will vote to recommend; if not, they may extend the revised submission deadline and wait for a more suitable proposal. Eventually, when all of the issues have been worked out, the Task Force will vote to recommend adoption, starting a procession of votes, which culminates in the formal adoption of the new OMG specification.
So, if you work for an OMG member company or organization, the technical meetings provide your best opportunity to influence our standards as they work their way from concept to final form. If you’re interested in one or more of these specifications scheduled for discussion at our St. Louis meeting, we hope you’ll register and attend.
Here’s a list of the work we know about that OMG Task Forces have scheduled for the St. Louis meeting. Since this early writeup is based on preliminary information, task force plans may change between now and the meeting so, if you’re interested in one work item in particular, you should check for it when Task Force agendas are posted on the OMG website at http://www.omg.org/agendas two weeks before the meeting, or ask the chair over the Task Force email list. (If your company is an OMG member and you’re not on the email list, send a request to request@xxxxxxx and we’ll add you.) OMG members will receive an updated version of this email during the week of April 3, listing documents submitted by the three-week deadline.
PLATFORM SIDE TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION WORK
Analysis and Design (AD) PTF
The AD PTF plans to review a revised submission to the UML Profile for Systems Engineering RFP, vote-to-vote, and vote to recommend adoption. They will also review revised submissions to four other RFPs: the MOF 2.0 Facility and Object Lifecycle RFP, the MOF Model to Text Transformation Language RFP, the Ontology Definition Metamodel RFP, and the Software Process Engineering Metamodel (SPEM) 2.0 RFP.
Architecture Driven Modernization PTF
The ADM PTF plans to review a revised submission to the ADM Knowledge Discovery RFP, vote-to-vote, and vote to recommend adoption. They will also continue work on their three white papers covering an Analysis Package, a Metrics Package, and Software Assurance.
Middleware and Related Services (MARS) PTF
The MARS PTF will review revised submissions to the DDS Interoperability RFP and the WSDL to C++ Mapping RFP. They plan to complete an RFP for DDS for Lightweight CCM and vote to recommend issuance, and work on additional RFPs for a UML Profile for DDS, a UML Profile for a Telecom Services Description Advanced Language, a Trusted and Selective Information Exchange Mechanism, and Information Exchange Policy and Roles Management.
Realtime, Embedded, and Specialized Systems (RTESS) PTF
The RTESS PTF plans to review revised submissions to the Reliable Ordered Multicast RFP, the High-Assurance ORB RFP, and the Power Conservation Services RFP. They plan to work on draft RFPs for OS Services, RT Fault Tolerance, and RT LT Events, and may consider an RFC on Enhanced View of Time, and an RFI for RTCA for Legacy Systems.
Data Distribution Service (DDS) PSIG
The DDS PSIG will review responses to the DDS Extension email survey, continue planning a DDS Focus Day, and continue work on the DDS whitepaper.
Model Integrated Computing (MIC) PSIG
The MIC PSIG will discuss a planned Information Day and review progress on a number of RFPs related to Model Integrated Computing.
The Ontology PSIG will attend the review of the ODM revised submissions in the AD PTF.
DOMAIN SIDE TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION WORK
Business Modeling and Integration (BMI) DTF
The BMI DTF will review revised submissions to the Business Process Definition Metamodel (BPDM) RFP, the Organization Structure Metamodel RFP, and the Business Process Runtime Interfaces (BPRI) PIM RFP. They will also elect members of the BPMI Steering Committee for the upcoming year.
BPMI Steering Committee
The BPMI steering committee will meet. At this St. Louis meeting, the BMI DTF will elect the members who will serve on the BPMI Steering Committee for the next year.
The C4I DTF will discuss the future of the SOPES IEDM RFP, which is scheduled to receive initial responses at this meeting but depends on an infrastructure to be defined by future MARS RFPs. They also plan to review an updated draft of the Application Instrumentation RFP.
The Finance DTF will review progress on its RFI, issued by email vote following the Tampa meeting, and also hear about progress on submissions to the Conversion Models RFP.
The Healthcare DTF will progress its services architecture with HL7, working on the HSSP Roadmap, preparations for an educational summit, a draft RFP for the Resource Location and Updating Service (RLUS), and discussion of SOA and the HL7 architecture.
Manufacturing Technology and Industrial Systems (ManTIS) DTF
The ManTIS DTF plans to meet next in Boston in June to review initial submissions to the KBE Services for PLM RFP, and revised submissions to the PLM Services V2.0 RFP.
The Robotics DTF will review additional responses to the Robotics Systems RFI, hear about progress on the Robot Technology Components (RTC) RFP in a joint meeting with MARS, and form four working groups to focus work on future RFPs.
Software-Based Communications (SBC) DTF
The SBC DTF will review revised submissions to the PIM & PSM for Digital IF RFP.
They will also work on their Commercial SBC Information Day scheduled for Boston, and draft future RFPs for security aspects of SBC (Transec, audit, and authentication) and a SW Radio Embedded Profile for CORBA.
The Space DTF will evaluate a revised submission to the Operations Procedure Metamodel RFP, review responses to the CORBA-based Space Standards RFI, and work on an RFP for Ground Systems.
The Government DSIG will start drafting an RFI on Model Based Acquisition, an RFP for Records Management, and a white paper on the “Value Proposition of the MDA within the US Federal Government.”
Regulatory Compliance DSIG
The Regulatory Compliance DSIG will continue work on its roadmap and start drafting white papers on Risk Management and Compliance.
Super Distributed Objects (SDO) DSIG
The SDO DSIG will work with Robotics DTF and MARS PTF on responses to the Robotics Systems RFI.
Systems Engineering DSIG
The SE DSIG will meet with the AD PTF to vote on the recommendation for the UML Profile for Systems Engineering RFP, and work on the SE MDA Initiative.
Other Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Subcommittees
Process Metamodeling ABSIG
The Process Metamodeling ABSIG will continue their exploration of OMG-related process modeling specifications with discussions with submitters of the UML Profile for MoDAF/DoDAF and many other process-related topics.
MDA Users’ ABSIG
The MDA Users’ ABSIG will continue work on its MDA Tool Component RFP, and complete a draft of an MDA Tool Capabilities RFI and submit it to AD PTF.
The newly chartered SOA ABSIG plans to meet in St Louis and work on its roadmap, and roadmap items including a SOA Reference Model and SOA-MDA RFP.
Software Assurance (SwA) SIG
The newly chartered SwA SIG will meet in St Louis to set its direction and start work.
The Specifications Management SC (SMSC), Object and Reference Model ABSC, and Liaison ABSC will all meet in St. Louis.
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