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OMG Adopts Five New Standards

OMG Advances Standards at Technical Meeting in Brussels, Belgium

Meeting June 25-29 also Hosted Five Seminars and Co-Located Meeting of the SOA Consortium

Needham, MA, USA. July 24, 2007.

Members of the Object Management Group (OMG) met in Brussels, Belgium, during the week of June 25-29, 2007, sponsored by PrismTech, THALES, MEGA, and Interfacing. At this meeting, the OMG Board of Directors voted to adopt five new standards. This meeting was co-located with the inaugural European meeting of the SOA Consortium.

During the meeting week, the Board of Directors voted to adopt five specifications:

  • Business Process Definition Metamodel (BPDM): This metamodel defines an abstract language for specification of executable business processes that execute within an enterprise (with or without human involvement).

  • Combat Management Systems (CMS) Application Management: This proposal specifies a standard for Application Management and System Monitoring in CMS systems, consisting of a service part and a data model part.

  • Enhanced View of Time: This is a revised and upgraded version of the Enhanced View of Time specification.

  • Model-Level Test and Debug: This proposal defines a Test Instrumentation Interface that allows testing and debugging of PIMs, PSMs, and their resulting implementations at the model level.

  • Product Lifecycle Management Services 2.0: This revision comprises two extensions to the existing standard: the Computational PIM and PSM for cross company communication of an engineering change request (ECR) and the Informational PIM to support the scope defined by industry standards.

Additional Specifications Moving Toward Adoption

In addition to the five specifications mentioned, the following specifications are undergoing the final series of votes before being recommended to the OMG Board of Directors for adoption.

  • Business Process Maturity Model (BPMM): A BPMM describes an evolutionary improvement path that guides organizations in moving from immature, inconsistent processes to mature, disciplined processes.

  • Lightweight Load Balancing Service: A Load Balancing Service is a CORBA service that distributes incoming requests across a set of server replicas.

  • UML Profile for DoDAF and MODAF (UPDM): This proposed specification defines a UML Profile for the Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF) and the Ministry of Defence Architecture Framework (MODAF).

  • UML Profile for Modeling and Analysis of Realtime and Embedded Systems (MARTE): This proposed specification defines a UML profile that adds capabilities for modeling Real Time and Embedded Systems (RTES), and for analyzing schedulability and performance properties of UML specifications.

Get Involved: Processes Open for Participation

OMG is an open-membership organization and welcomes any organization, government agency, or university to join and contribute to our specifications. The following are currently open to participation:

  • BPMN 2.0 RFP: This RFP is intended to reconcile the Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) and the Business Process Definition Metamodel (BPDM) to specify a single language with metamodel, graphical notation and interchange format.

  • Property and Casualty Information Model RFP: This RFP is soliciting proposals for "Information Models" to address the data management needs of the P&C Insurance Community.

  • Robotics Localization Service RFP: This RFP solicits proposals to specify common interfaces for Localization Service to transfer data and commands, and a set of common information to represent location.

  • TACSIT (TACtical SITuation) Controller Interface for CMS Systems RFP: This RFP is soliciting a standard for TACSIT Controller Interface in Combat Management Systems (CMS), consisting of a standard set of technical services and software interfaces to interact with TACSIT display systems.

  • General Inter-Orb Protocol (GIOP) Compression RFP: This RFP solicits proposals for an extension to the OMG GIOP protocol to provide further optimization to on-the-wire compression.

  • Skills Management RFI: This RFI seeks industry guidance in focusing the scope of specifications in human resources management information system, staffing service, replacement service, learning, education and training, talent management, management consulting, business process mapping, and business intelligence.

Non-members may download any RFP, RFC or RFI from For some processes, member votes have extended the Letter of Intent (LOI) dates beyond the deadline stated in the RFP. For more information on any RFP, send an email to

Next Meeting

OMG members will meet next in Jacksonville, Florida, USA during the week of September 24-28, 2007. Members and non-members are invited to attend the three Seminars, OMG Tutorials and co-located meeting with the SOA Consortium ( that will be held during the meeting week.

Seminars introduce OMG processes and standards activities. Topics in Jacksonville, Florida will include Insurance Information Days: Business Agility in Insurance; Precise Behavioral Semantics for Domain Specific Modeling Languages; and Services in Transportation. Visit for details.

Interested non-members may attend OMG Technical Meetings as observers; for an invitation see Members may register for the meeting at All OMG specifications may be downloaded free of charge from

About the Object Management Group

OMG is an international, open membership, not-for-profit computer industry consortium. OMG Task Forces develop enterprise integration standards for a wide range of technologies, including: Real-time, Embedded and Specialized Systems, Analysis & Design, Architecture-Driven Modernization and Middleware and an even wider range of industries, including: Business Modeling and Integration, C4I, Finance, Government, Healthcare, Legal Compliance, Life Sciences Research, Manufacturing Technology, Robotics, Software-Based Communications and Space.

OMG's modeling standards, including the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and Model Driven Architecture (MDA), enable powerful visual design, execution and maintenance of software and other processes, including IT Systems Modeling and Business Process Management. OMG's middleware standards and profiles are based on the Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) and support a wide variety of industries.

More information about OMG can be found at OMG is headquartered in Needham, MA, USA.

About the Object Management Group


Stephanie Covert
Object Management Group
Tel: +1-843-737 0637


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