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OMG Workshop on Deploying Service-Oriented Architectures

Call for Proposals: OMG's "Deploying Service-Oriented Architectures" Workshop


A service is a function that is well-defined, self-contained, and does not depend on the context or state of other services. A Service-Oriented Architecture is essentially a collection of services communicating with each other. The communication can involve either simple data passing or it could involve two or more services collaborating to perform some activity. Communication can be between internal or external systems.

The notion of "Service-Oriented Architecture" is not new. Middleware solutions such as Object Request Brokers (ORBs) based on OMG's CORBA specification and Microsoft's DCOM existed well before the term was coined. What is new is the technology addition of loosely-coupled web services employing XML over the internet as a means of communications between services.

Various standards organizations like the OMG and the W3C have taken the lead on standardization of various aspects of technologies related to this broad area. For instance, with its Model Driven Architecture (MDA) approach to specifying a system independently of the platform that supports it, the OMG is promoting the development of architectures and standardized mappings to specify and implement enterprise applications built to Service-Oriented Architectures that can be deployed on a variety of execution platforms including CORBA and J2EE.

Hosted by the OMG, this summit will explore how Service-Oriented Architectures can be best designed and deployed to produce the most useful enterprise solutions. The Workshop will also address how related modeling, architectures and standards are and can be used in Service-Oriented Architectures within individual enterprises. The Workshop is open to all with an interest in, and understanding of the topic of Service-Oriented Architectures. Workshop participants will include representatives of standards bodies, implementers (architects, modelers, developers, systems integrators), large end-user organizations, and technology providers. Practitioners with relevant experience are invited to come and share their experiences with each other and their vendor community. The four-day program will consist of tutorials followed by sessions and open panel discussions that describe case studies and technology issues and choices for enterprise applications that were designed using industry standards and specifications.

Workshop Focus and Format

The four-day program will address technologies, methodologies, tools and standards related to Service-Oriented Architectures. In addition, the Workshop will offer case studies and experiences. While research topics are not excluded, the emphasis, as with all OMG activity, is on real-world experience.

Workshop format follows a pattern of half- (or full-) day tutorials followed by a combination of sessions and panels. Normally, sessions include three or more 30-minute presentations followed by Q&A directed to all of the presenters. Panels provide invited speakers for an opportunity to make a short position statement, after which the floor is open to general Q&A from the audience. A Demonstration Area is provided to showcase commercial offerings supporting this technology

Call for Proposals

The Workshop Program Committee is seeking proposals for presentations, panels or tutorials addressing, but not limited to, any of the following topics:

  • Architectures
  • Challenges going from individual systems to architectures for federations of systems
  • Model Driven Architecture (MDA)
  • Relationships between MDA, Web Services, Service Oriented Architectures
  • Application of MDA to the definition of interfaces and contracts for federation of business systems.
  • Designing for robust web service
  • Case Studies
  • E-business development
  • Methodologies
  • Application of Architecture / Engineering principles, best practices, and standards to the development, testing, and deployment of federated systems of Web Services.
  • Standards
  • State of the art and limitations in existing standards and emerging standards
  • Requirements for standards
  • Related industry standards
  • State of the Art
  • The new shape of systems
  • MDA in the present and future of Web Services
  • SOAs and GRID computing
  • The Semantic Web
  • Technologies
  • Interoperability among different technologies
  • Comparison and contrast between Application Servers, classical ORBs (Object Request Brokers) and XML Request Brokers
  • Tools
  • Product and tool evaluation reports
  • Research and advanced development reports


Interested individuals or organizations are invited to submit a brief abstract of the presentation or position paper they are proposing for a Workshop session, tutorial or panel along with proposed duration and a brief personal biography via email to Abstracts should be no longer than 1 page in length and must only use HTML, PDF or ASCII text formats. Only 3 abstracts per individual will be accepted. Biographies should be no longer than 50 words. Please do not send presentations to this email address; abstracts only. The Program Committee will need schedule flexibility, so please keep in mind that a proposal may be accepted, but not granted the full time proposed.

No advertisements, please! While referencing commercial products to reinforce a premise or case study is quite acceptable, the Program Committee will not accept proposals that are deemed "product pitches."

Note for panel proposals: Please describe the topic and nominate a moderator and panelists, by name or by role (e.g., "A tool vendor", "an OMG AB member"), and time required.


  • Issue Call for Proposals November 3, 2003
  • Deadline for abstracts January 5, 2004
  • Notification of submitters January 7, 2004
  • Final workshop agenda January 9, 2004
  • Deadline for final presentations January 20, 2004
  • Workshop (West Coast USA) February 23-26, 2004


Submitters of all accepted proposals are eligible for a discounted 375.00 USD "Early Bird" or 475.00 USD "Standard" Workshop Registration Fee.


If you have any questions or require additional information about the workshop program or venue, please send email to

Program Committee

  • Bill Cox BEA Systems
  • Kevin Loughry OMG
  • Chris Ferris IBM
  • Peter Herzum Herzum Software
  • Fred Waskiewicz OMG (Chair)
  • Sean Baker IONA
  • Jishnu Mukerji Hewlett-Packard
  • Jon Siegel OMG


Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive.

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