Thoughts on World Standards Day 2015
Today marks World Standards Day. It’s a day we celebrate here at OMG headquarters because it recognizes the important role standards actually play in people’s lives. The day also pays tribute to the efforts of volunteers – like our members – who spend countless hours, outside of their professional work day, developing standards to open new markets.
To observe the day, I want to talk about the past twenty six years and then take a look at the work our members are doing now.
OMG has been spearheading international standards since 1989. We invented the standard middleware world with CORBA® before expanding to set modeling standards such as UML® and SysML®. Our members have applied that knowledge and experience, and created technology standards in dozens of vertical markets including automotive, finance, insurance and healthcare.
Standards open markets that were once proprietary. They also build a better future for society by helping to launch new markets. The Internet of Things is a great example. It is changing the way technology is consumed. “Internet thinking" is now crossing the chasm into industrial domains.
Millions of industrial devices (i.e. sensors, actuators, etc.) are now connecting and sharing their extensive data with each other over the Internet.
At OMG, we recognized the move to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) so we organized the Industrial Internet Consortium to build and manage testbeds for IoT-enabling industrial
systems. These testbeds are where the innovation and opportunities of the Industrial Internet – new technologies, new applications, new products, new services, and new processes – can be initiated, thought through, and rigorously tested. Testbeds act as incubators that will generate the requirements and priorities for standards organizations supporting the Industrial Internet. Some
of the Consortium’s work has already made an impact in markets like energy, transportation,
healthcare, manufacturing and the public sector.
The Internet brings many advantages and conveniences to our daily life but it also has its downside. For example, source code is becoming more and more vulnerable to hackers. OMG is the host organization for the Consortium for IT Software Quality or CISQ. CISQ recognized the problem caused by poor coding practices, so its members submitted measures that were recently adopted as OMG standards. These new standards will help the C-suite better manage IT risk by detecting coding violations in the structural quality of its IT systems.
With the transition to cloud computing, OMG formed the Cloud Standards Customer Council, an
OMG end user advocacy group dedicated to accelerating cloud’s successful adoption and drilling down into the standards, security and interoperability issues surrounding the transition to the cloud.
On this day, we’re reminded of how standards open up new markets for a better future. I can only imagine what other standards will make a difference in our lives. What’s your take on the future of standards? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!
HAPPY WORLD STANDARDS DAY FROM THE OMG STAFF!
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