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

   OMG pursues new strategic direction to build on success of past efforts:

Model Driven Architecture ™

Needham, MA, USA – March 8, 2001 – Last week, the Object Management Group’s member representatives voted to endorse the Model Driven Architecture ™ (MDA™) as the group’s architectural direction, expanding the scope of the standards produced by the international not-for-profit software consortium. In response to the growing and ever present challenge of enterprise interoperability, the MDA offers a full-lifecycle approach to solving the problems of developing, deploying, and integrating existing distributed systems with emerging technology, assembling virtual enterprises that span multiple companies, and implementing business intelligence solutions and enterprise information portals in a multi-vendor environment.

  MDA specifications are based on a platform-independent model of an application’s business functions. Implementations of this core model on different platforms interoperate easily, enabling the modern enterprise to integrate its many departments and diverse functions across platform boundaries. The architecture extends software ROI by facilitating portability of applications and facilities not only among existing platforms, but also to new platforms as they emerge. OMG member companies in industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, and others already regard MDA as an ideal architecture for the definition of domain standards: its platform-independence allows each enterprise to adopt the standard on its established middleware platform without sacrificing interoperability, while the stability of the core model ensures that standards remain valid even as new platforms emerge.

  MDA builds upon OMG’s established modeling standards: the Unified Modeling Language™ (UML); Meta-Object Facility ™ (MOF); XMI Metadata Interchange™ (XMI), and Common Warehouse Meta-model™ (CWM). It also leverages OMG’s established and widely deployed CORBA platform, its support for enterprise services such as security and transactions, and its many industry-specific standards. Platform-independent application descriptions built using OMG modeling standards can already be realized on any major open or proprietary platform including CORBA, Java/EJB, .NET, XML/SOAP, and Web-based middleware. MDA builds on this capability, and all of these platforms are likely target platforms for the MDA.

 Model Driven Architecture promises:

  • Rapid, natural development of cross-platform interoperability solutions

  • Ease of portability to other middleware platform

  • Industry standard facilities available on every domain’s preferred platform

  • Improved productivity when using multiple middleware platforms

Benefits include:

  • Reduced cost throughout the application life-cycle

  • Reduced development time for new applications

  • Improved application quality

  • Increased return on technology investments

  • Rapid inclusion of emerging technology into existing systems

  “From its beginnings in 1989, the Object Management Group has focused on creating a truly interoperable and integrated computing environment. Now is the time to move integration to the next level.  To provide the kind of integration that today’s corporate computing environment requires, the OMG proposes to move standardization upward from portable application implementation to portable application design. This is Model Driven Architecture,” said Richard Soley, Chairman and CEO of the OMG. 

  MDA brings the benefits of OMG’s standardization activities to new middleware platforms, and has generated much discussion and excitement across the software industry. To see quotes from a wide spectrum of IT suppliers and users, and more information about the MDA, please visit  




  About The OMG

With the support of its membership of software vendors, software developers and end users, the OMG’s CORBA is “The Middleware That’s Everywhere™.”  Since 1989, the OMG has been “Setting The Standards For Distributed Computing™” through its mission to promote the theory and practice of object technology for the development of distributed computing systems.  The goal is to provide a common architectural framework for object-oriented applications based on widely available interface specifications.  The OMG is headquartered in Needham, MA, USA, with an office in Tokyo, Japan as well as international marketing offices in Bahrain, Germany, India, and the UK, along with a U.S. government representative in Washington, DC, USA.   The OMG is also a major sponsor of the Integrate 2001 trade show and conference, which will be held September 19-21, 2001 in New York City, NY, USA.


For information on joining the OMG or additional information, please contact OMG headquarters by phone at +1-781-444 0404, by fax at +1-781-444 0320, or by email at   The OMG provides current information and services for Distributed Object Computing through The Information Brokerage® on the World Wide Web at and at  Information about OMG Japan can be found at


CORBA®, The Information Brokerage®, CORBA Academy®, IIOP® and the Object Management Group logo® are registered trademarks of the Object Management Group. OMG™, Object Management Group™, the CORBA Logo™, “The Middleware That’s Everywhere™” ,  the CORBA Academy logo™, XMI™, MOF™, CWM™, OMG Interface Definition Language™, IDL™, CORBAservices™, CORBAfacilities™, CORBAmed™, CORBAnet™, UML™, the UML Cube Logo, “We're Known By The Companies We Connect™”, Model Driven Architecture™, MDA™, OMG Model Driven Architecture™, OMG MDA™, “The Architecture of Choice for a Changing World™”  and Unified Modeling Language™ are trademarks of the Object Management Group.  All other products or company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only, and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Copyright © 1997-2001 Object Management Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For questions about the WEBSITE , please contact For TECHNICAL questions, please contact This site is best viewed at 800x600 pixels with Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer versions 4.0 or later or any browser capable of viewing JavaScript and CSS 2.0 Last Updated Tuesday, March 13, 2001