For the whole of February, I have been zig-zagging across the globe, espousing the importance of industry standards and meeting like-minded individuals. My travels began in Japan with stops in both Tokyo and Osaka. I then spent a week in Beijing, China before heading to Europe with stops in France, the Netherlands, and Belgium. I returned to the U.S. for events in Las Vegas and Houston before returning to OMG headquarters in Needham, Massachusetts.
I was able to visit with a couple of OMG members during my days in Tokyo. First member visit was to Honda at their Wako-shi R&D facility, in order to educate some of their Chief Engineers on SysML and the OMG standardization process. The group was very engaged with what we had to say and in learning more about OMG standard processes and programs.
Tateki Sano, Toshimitsu Arakawa, myself, Hideo Nakamura, Satoru Hasiba, and Tsutomu Saitoh at NEC Super Tower
Sunrise over Tokyo
After a busy two days in Tokyo, I hopped a train south to Osaka (Can you believe what was a five-hour trip just a few short years ago now only takes half that time?). I was there to keynote at Nihon OMG's Global Standardization Forum.
Notice of the Nihon OMG Global Standards Forum outside the meeting room
Attendees getting settled at the Nihon OMG Global Standards Forum
Dinner at Daiki: Akiko Tsukamoto, myself, Hiroshi Miyazaki and Tesuya Yamamoto; Teruko Tsunoshima and her son at right
Of course, the trip was not all work and no play. After my trip to Osaka, I returned to Tokyo and squeezed in some time to visit the Edo-Tokyo Museum for their 20th anniversary special exhibition of the opening of Edo-Tokyo Museum -- Ukiyo-e: a Journey Through the Floating World, as well as the Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo stadium.
At the entrance of the Ukiyo-e exhibition
Sumo wrestlers piling into a taxi with one giving up and walking away
After leaving Japan, I headed for Beijing, China where I met up with the China Electronics Standardization Institute (CESI). Besides working with the Cloud Standards Customer Council to translate whitepapers into Mandarin for local consumption, CESI manages all IT and networking standards in China, as well as consulting and certification for IT and networking standards.
With Gao Lin, Vice President of CESI
After meeting with CESI, I spent several hours at the IBM China Software Development Lab doing an in-house presentation for over 50 IBM employees. After a 90-minute presentation and another hour of answering questions, I was exhausted yet invigorated by the audience's enthusiasm for OMG standardization processes.
Speaking to the IBM group
While in Beijing, I also had the pleasure to meeting with the Founder and President of Sinosoft, Professor Zuo Chun. Among other things, Professor Zuo and I bonded over our shared experience of teaching at Wuhan University: I served as visiting scholar/professor -- a decade ago -- while Professor Zuo taught there after completing his Masters!
With Professor Zuo Chun
On my last day in Beijing, I visited the Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN). The SPIN staff was kind enough to join me for a tour of Glodon, a maker of building construction management software.
At Software Process Improvement Network with James Li, Susan Dai, Wang Lao, myself, Steve Chen, and John Luo
With tour participants at the entrance of Glodon
After spending two weeks in Asia, I began my European tour with the first stop in Paris, France where I spent time meeting with executives from CAST -- a Platinum sponsor of the Consortium for IT Software Quality. Switching gears, I had dinner with the leadership of several oil and gas standards organizations who are OMG's fellow members of the Standards Leadership Council.
Enjoying dinner with Nils Sandsmark and other members of SLC
This dinner was a precursor to the Standards Leadership Council meeting itself -- a day of talks on standards in the oil and gas arena at the headquarters of oil company TOTAL.
The SLC Meeting in Paris, France
From Paris, I headed to the Netherlands for more meetings and a visit to TNO in Delft.
Pointing out the OMG meeting room at the Sheraton
Meeting with TNO: Maurice Nijssen, Michiel Stornebrink, myself, Edwin Matthijssen, Mark Bastiaans, Casper van den Broek, Mike Schenk, Berry Vetjens, Koen Kok and Jurjen Veldhuizen
I left the Netherlands briefly for a quick day-trip to Brussels, Belgium. Among other meetings, I met with the Commision of the European Community. The discussions ranged from European standards strategy to building semantic solutions for interoperability of financial systems, and even the general testing of interoperability of systems, for European member state governments.
Serge Novaretti, Maurice Nijssen, myself, Belen-Niceas Martinez Arriola and Antonio Conte
Serge Gouders, myself, Margarida Abecasis, Maurice Nijssen and Ioannis Sagias
After my week in Europe, I returned to the US to attend IBM Pulse in Las Vegas.
The crowd at IBM Pulse Open Cloud Summit at the MGM Convention Center
Finally, I headed to Houston for the OMG and Energistic-sponsored Oil and Gas Information Day. Attendees showed a tremendous interest in oil and gas standards for safety system integration and model-based digital oil fields. If you missed it, we'll be holding a similar event in Utrecht, Netherlands on March 30th.
Claude Baudoin speaks to the attendees of the Oil and Gas Information Day
As far-flung as some of my destinations might have been, there were a few messages that continuously appeared in all locations: a renewed interest in open standards -- especially in regards to software quality and systems engineering -- and the importance of standards to create markets. I look forward to furthering my relationship with all the organizations and individuals I met while on my travels and their continued and increased involvement with OMG standardization efforts!
Want to see more photos from my round-the-world trip? Visit OMG's online photo album!