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OMG Announces Adoption of Standard for Reusable Software Assets

OMG Defines New Standard for Reusable Software Assets

Product Lifecycle Management, Software-Defined Radio Specifications Take Final Form as Group Meets in St Louis, MO, April 26-30, 2004

Needham, MA, USA. May 05, 2004.

The Object Management Group (OMG) today announces that members adopted a new standard for Reusable Software Assets during the organization's Technical Meeting last week in St. Louis, MO, USA, sponsored by the Boeing Corporation (, Express Scripts (, and Object Computing Inc ( In addition, standards for Product Lifecycle Management and Software-Defined Radio began a final series of votes in the OMG adoption process.

Reusable Asset Specification (RAS) Among Others Become Official

Following member evaluation and endorsement, a vote by OMG's Board of Directors makes a new standard official. In St. Louis, the Board ratified adoption of three new standards including the Reusable Asset Specification which defines XML schemas that package reusable software assets for exchange among applications via XMI, Web Services, and other protocols. Defined using OMG's Model Driven Architecture (MDA), this exchange enables Asset-Based Development, a process that encourages the reuse of software development assets in all process workflows.

The two other newly-adopted standards include a set of Life Sciences Identifiers which standardizes access to common concepts in biotechnology, and a UML Profile for Quality of Service and Fault Tolerance which supports the MDA in distributed real-time and high-assurance computing. These and all of OMG's other specifications may be downloaded without charge at

New Standards in Product Lifecycle Management, Software-Defined Radio

OMG members completed their evaluation of draft specifications for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Software-Defined Radio (SDR), and started the final series of votes that will adopt them as official OMG specifications.

The PLM specification defines the standard model in the Unified Modeling Language (UML) that brings strategic portions of the STEP and EXPRESS manufacturing standards into OMG's MDA. Following the MDA, this model defines interfaces that enable PLM applications to interoperate using Web Services Definition Language (WSDL), XML, and XMI.

The SDR specification defines UML Platform-Independent Models for Software Radio Infrastructure and Waveform Applications. These models standardize the basic architecture of software radios for both military and civilian applications.

New Technology Adoptions Initiated

OMG members issued Requests for Proposals (RFPs) soliciting drafts for one new domain standard and two new infrastructure standards. A new specification in Knowledge-Based Engineering (KBE) will bring the discipline into the MDA and enable interoperability of engineering information among conformant KBE tools. One infrastructure RFP solicits proposals for a mapping from WSDL to C++; the other, a standard transformation from MetaObject Facility (MOF) models to text. Any interested company may join OMG and submit in response to these RFPs. For additional information including deadlines, see or send an email to

Tutorials, Information Day, Sponsor Presentations, and Software Demonstrations

During the meeting week, OMG presented six half-day tutorials on its various specifications. A group of banks and financial institutions defined a roadmap that will ultimately standardize a universal gateway for electronic payments, and issued a Request for Information about the topic. Any interested company, OMG member or not, may respond. For information, see A day-long session including representatives from MedicAlert, ExpressScripts, and three healthcare-domain standards organizations explored support for Interoperability in Healthcare. A half-day information session covered Model-Integrated Computing for mobile and embedded systems.

Malcolm Spence, Director of Business Development for meeting sponsor Object Computing, Inc. spoke to the members on "Open Source CORBA — a Strategic Advantage", and Dave Sharp, Chief Architect for Boeing's Future Combat Systems, spoke on "Boeing, Future Combat Systems, and the OMG". Six member companies demonstrated their implementations of OMG specifications.

Next Meeting; Links to Additional Information

OMG members will meet next in Orlando, FL, USA, during the week of June 21-25, 2004. Interested non-members may attend as observers; for an invitation, see OMG's home page is Information about the MDA is collected at All OMG specifications may be downloaded free of charge from

About The OMG

With well-established standards covering software from design and development, through deployment and maintenance, and extending to evolution to future platforms, the Object Management Group (OMG) supports a full-lifecycle approach to enterprise integration which maximizes ROI, the key to successful IT. OMG's standards cover multiple operating systems, programming languages, middleware and networking infrastructures, and software development environments. OMG's Modeling standards, the basis for the MDA, include the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and Common Warehouse Metamodel (CWM). CORBA, the Common Object Request Broker Architecture, is OMG's standard open platform with hundreds of millions of deployments running today.

Headquartered in Needham, MA, USA, with a U.S. government representative in Washington, DC, and international marketing representatives in Japan, the UK, and Germany, the Object Management Group is an international, open membership, not-for-profit computer industry specifications consortium. OMG member companies write, adopt, and maintain the organization's standards following a mature, open process. All current OMG specifications may be downloaded without charge from the organization's website,; the site also provides additional information about OMG and its activities. For information on joining the OMG, or questions not addressed on the website, please contact OMG headquarters by email at, by phone at +1-781-444 0404, or by fax at +1-781-444 0320.


Nancy Lenehan
Object Management Group
Tel: +1-781-444 0404 ext. 142


Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. Related references in: (1) "OMG Model Driven Architecture (MDA)"; (2) "OMG Common Warehouse Metadata Interchange (CWMI) Specification."

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