OMG Meeting In Philadelphia Sees Significant Enhancement to UML
FRAMINGHAM, MA. April 12, 1999.
The Object Management Group recently concluded its Technical Meeting week in Philadephia, Pennsylvania, USA, co-hosted by Genesis Development Corporation, Unisys, and Nihon Unisys. Over 500 OMG members met to work on some 100 technologies in process. The five-day meetings are intended to provide a forum for the OMG members and their guests to meet and carry out the standards-setting process that extends existing Object Management Architecture specifications such as CORBA and UML with new technologies.
Over the next five weeks, authorized OMG members will vote on various technologies presented to the Platform and Domain Technology Committees. All of the technologies presented for vote are expected to pass, and will be offered to the OMG's Board of Directors before or during the group's August meeting for final approval. Once approved, each will become an official OMG specification. During the last OMG Board or Directors' meeting, five new technologies were approved. These new specifications include the Interoperable Naming Service, the XML-based Model Interchange Facility (XMI), the Security 1.5 revision, the Telecom Log Service, and the Display Manager for Air Traffic Control. For a complete list of technologies that have been formally adopted as OMG specifications, see http://www.omg.org/techprocess/meetings/schedule/Technology_Adoptions.htm.
The Philadelphia meeting also saw the election of seven new representatives to the OMG's Board or Directors, ensuring that the OMG's Board remains strongly representative of the OMG's growing membership body. For a list of OMG's newly elected Board of Directors, see http://www.omg.org/news/pr99/3_31.html. The spectrum of technologies discussed during the meeting week reflects a growing interest in vertical (or domain) market technologies, which apply directly to the use of CORBA within specific vertical industries such as telecom, transportation, healthcare, finance, manufacturing, life sciences, electronic-commerce, transportation, and utilities. Also reflected is the OMG's dedication to enhancement of the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and associated Meta Object Facility (MOF), as four UML RFPs were issued by the Platform Technology Committee.
The Domain Technology Committee (DTC) Work
The Domain Technology Committee is responsible for developing specifications for technologies that are specific to vertical markets. This committee voted to issue five Requests for Information (RFIs) and one request for new technology (RFP) -- a facility Summary List Management Service (SliMS) in Healthcare. The Domain Technologies Adoption votes initiated include a General Ledger Service Submission that defines the interfaces and semantics enabling interoperability General Ledger systems and other accounting applications, as well as other distributed objects and applications for accounting purposes. Voting was also initiated on a Negotiation Facility for electronic commerce, and a Party Management facility for the Financial Service Industry. These facilities are part of systems that are commonly known as Client or customer Information Systems.
Platform Technology Committee (PTC) Work
The PTC, which is responsible for technologies that directly correlate to the core CORBA specification, voted to issue seven requests for proposed new technologies (RFPs), several converging on UML enhancement. RFPs issued included a Smalltalk Language Mapping RFP, an IDL to Ada Mapping Update RFP, a Dynamic Scheduling RFP, a UML Profile for Enterprise Distributed Object Computing (EDOC) RFP, a UML Profile for CORBA RFP, a Human Usable Textual Notation for the UML Profile for EDOC RFP, and a UML Profile for Scheduling, Performance And Time RFP. Platform Technology Adoption votes initiated include establishing a fundamental set of broadly applicable Realtime CORBA technologies. Complete descriptions, schedules and copies of all Requests for Proposals and Requests for Information in the OMG process are available via the OMG Web site, http://www.omg.org/techprocess/meetings/schedule/tcdeadlines.htm. Copies of this document may be downloaded from http://www.omg.org/news/pr99.html.
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