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Business-Centric Methodology TC

OASIS TC Call for Participation: Business-Centric Methodology

Date: Sun, 04 May 2003 13:28:53 -0400
From:      Karl F. Best <>
Subject:   OASIS TC Call for Participation:  Business-Centric Methodology

A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS Business-Centric Methodology Technical Committee (BCM TC) has been proposed by the following members of OASIS: Terry Bjornsen, Booz Allen Hamilton; Ralph Stout, iWay Software; Kit Lueder, MITRE Corporation; Murali Iyengar, SAIC; John Weiler, Interoperability Clearinghouse; and the following Individual members: David RR Webber, Bruce Peat, Mike Lubash, and Eric Okin.

The proposal for a new TC meets the requirements of the OASIS TC Process (see, and is appended to this message. The proposal, which includes a statement of purpose, list of deliverables, and proposed schedule, will constitute the TC's charter. The TC Process allows these items to be clarified (revised) by the TC members; such clarifications (revisions), as well as submissions of technology for consideration by the TC and the beginning of technical discussions, may occur no sooner than the TC's first meeting.

As specified by the OASIS TC Process, the requirements for becoming a member of the TC are that you must 1) be an employee of an OASIS member organization or an Individual member of OASIS; 2) notify the TC chair of your intent to participate at least 15 days prior to the first meeting; and 3) attend the first meeting of the TC.

For OASIS members, to sign up for the TC using the new OASIS collaborative tools, go to the TC's public page at and click on the button for "Join This TC" at the top of the page. You may add yourself to the roster of the TC either as a Prospective Member (if you intend to become a member of the TC) or an Observer. A notice will automatically be sent to the TC chair, which fulfills requirement #2 above. You must sign up for membership at least 15 days before the first meeting and must attend the first meeting of the TC in order to become a member.

Note that membership in OASIS TCs is by individual, and not by organization.

For non-OASIS members, a public comment list is available for the public to make comments on the work of this TC; the public may subscribe to this list by going to the mail list web page at

The archives of the TC's private and comment mail lists are visible to the public at

Further information about this topic may be found on the Cover Pages under the topic of "Business-Centric Methodology" at


Karl F. Best
Vice President, OASIS
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Proposal to Form Business-Centric Methodology Technical Committee


The name of the TC is the OASIS Business-Centric Methodology (BCM) TC.


The methodology will be captured in a resulting specification as output from the TC's efforts. The specification will provide business managers with a set of clearly defined methods with which to acquire agile and interoperable e-business information systems.

The BCM TC will also extend upon existing bodies of work, such as the project work developed at the Department of Defense, Defense Finance and Accounting Service (; reference site: and link this to the work of applicable OASIS TCs.

The BCM interoperability specification will be focused in three primary areas; (1) BCM templates, (2) information architecture, and (3) connections:

  1. BCM Templates: are pre-constructed components to common e-business scenarios that conform to and are illustrative of the BCM approach. Added to this is the linking and switching between these components to deliver easy interoperability. Key to enabling this linking and switching is vectoring based on scenarios of the business constraints and the use of context mechanisms. The specification will provide an illustrative collection of BCM templates which an organization can use as an initial basis for developing their own artifacts and products to solve their interoperability problems. (It is anticipated that particular industry sectors within OASIS will participate in defining these, along with appropriate connection roadmaps).

  2. Information Architecture: provides the underpinning for the templates and the understanding of how the individual components collaborate in BCM based solutions. For example in enhancing interoperability it is necessary to capture each artifact for interpretation of messages in order to better understand the semantics of the message. Collectively these relationships, links and structures provide the structure of the organization's ontology and how this would be shared within communities of interests.

  3. Connections: the connections effort will work with business users and experts to develop scenarios with which to demonstrate the walkthrough of the BCM templates to validate interoperability across multiple deployed environments. The focus is on how BCM enhances and leverages existing frameworks and methodologies, and particularly specifications of other OASIS TCs. The deliverables include materials relevant to business managers' needs that will enable them to rapidly understand, assimilate and plan their own interoperability adoption strategies.


List of deliverables with projected dates:

  • Business-Centric Methodology (BCM) specification outline - June 2003
  • First draft of BCM specification body - July 2003
  • Public review of BCM body - August 2003
  • Template examples appendix draft - September 2003
  • Linking & Switching appendix draft - October 2003
  • Information Architecture appendix draft - November 2003
  • Public review release of BCM approach - December 2003
  • Formally approved OASIS BCM v1.0 specification - February 2004

Language in which the TC will conduct business


Date and time of the first meeting

Monday, June 9th, 2003, teleconference call.

Meetings will be scheduled bi-weekly on a continuing basis from the first meeting, as teleconference calls. Occasional face-to-face meetings will also be arranged where applicable in conjunction with OASIS sponsored conference events.

TC Proposers

Eligible persons committed to the above meeting schedule:

Proposed TC Co-Chairs

Bruce T. Peat
Mike Lubash

Phone Meetings

Phone meeting sponsors include:

Defense Finance Accounting Service (DFAS)

Face-to-face meeting sponsors

In conjunction with OASIS sponsored events.

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Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See other details in "OASIS Forms Business-Centric Methodology Technical Committee."

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