2014 was one of the best years that OMG has experienced in quite a while! It was the year of our 25th anniversary -- which we celebrated in style at our June meeting in our hometown of Boston, MA
Cake featuring our 25th anniversary logo
25th anniversary party-goers
Not only were numerous standards adopted by the OMG Board of Directors (in particular, standards for the financial services industry), we entered into the Industrial Internet of Things space, announced we would be managing a new consortium, and updated two of our certification programs.
This year, the OMG Board of Directors adopted numerous specifications as official OMG standards. In particular, 2014 was a major year for the adoption of finance service standards at OMG. Not only was the Financial Instruments Global Identifier (FIGI) specification adopted, but three parts of the Financial Industry Business Ontology (FIBO) suite of specifications were adopted as well:
Click here for more information on these financial services standards.
The Industrial Internet of Things
Early in the year, we realized what an impact interconnected devices and machines and smart analytics -- commonly known as the "Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)" -- will have on all major industries. We identified seven OMG standards and standardization processes underway that are directly related to the IIoT. Most predominant among these standards is the Data Distribution Service (DDS).
DDS is a protocol for the IIoT which enables network interoperability for connected machines, enterprise systems, and mobile devices. It provides the scalability, performance, and Quality of Service required to support IIoT applications. DDS can be deployed in platforms ranging from low-footprint devices to the Cloud and supports efficient bandwidth usage as well as agile orchestration of system components. It provides a global data space for analytics and enables flexible real-time system integration.
In addition, at our March meeting in Reston, Virginia, we announced that we would be managing the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) -- a not-for-profit group founded to accelerate the development, adoption, and wide-spread use of IIoT technologies in industry. In 9 months, we have ballooned from the five founding members (AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM, and Intel) to almost 120 members ranging from international corporations to individual entrepreneurs, thus showing the universal interest in applying IIoT technologies in all industries. Many OMG members have already joined the IIC and if you haven't, we encourage you to do so! Visit www.iiconsortium.org for more information on what IIC members are currently working on.
OMG Certification Programs
Finally, 2014 was the year that we updated our BPM and UML certification programs to reflect changes made in the specs since the certification programs were first released.
The OMG Certified UML Professional 2 (OCUP 2) program tests UML knowledge and skills in the context of software modeling, unlike the original OCUP program which concentrated on UML language syntax. At this time, the OCUP 2 Foundation Level will replace the original OCUP Fundamental exam with the other examination levels being updated throughout 2015.
The Fundamental examination level of the OMG Certified Expert in BPM (OCEB) exam, on the other hand, was updated at the end of 2013 with the Business Intermediate level updated this past November. The OCEB 2 Business Intermediate exam will include a section on Decision Modeling based on the OMG's Decision Model and Notation specification.
2014 was an exciting year at OMG and 2015 holds lots of promise as well. We would like to extend a major thank you to all of our members who have contributed to the success of the past year. We can't wait to see what 2015 has in store for us all!