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Old 10-02-2007
Progress on Event-related Standards at OMG…

Tue, 02 Oct 2007 12:40:48 +0000
We had an interesting (shock horror!) OMG standards meeting this past week in Jacksonville, Florida:
1. The Production Rule Representation standard was voted to be adopted - this means it is now an “alpha” specification, with a team of experts [*1] agreeing to handle public issues to turn it first into a beta and then a 1.0 release. This will be useful for any CEP processors that use rules. Links for this standard to follow in a later post…
2. The Event Metamodel and Profile RFP was discussed further. OMGers wanted to know why a new “event” standard was required, when events were also covered by UML2 entities such as “pins”, and as “happenings” in BPDM. Of course, this may be true, but the need of the Event Processing community is for events to be modeled as 1st class entities in the UML world, without being from the viewpoint of an action or process. The RFP is still under development.
3. TIBCO participated in a panel on Business Rules in Insurance in the OMG Insurance Information Day [*2], where sadly us panelists suffered from a surfeit of agreement without any interesting controversy. At least there were no arguments against Event Processing being a useful paradigm to deploy business rules.
Customers often ask why standards are not developed faster, and why isn’t it obvious that vendors represent their customers’ interests at standards bodies like OMG. But like any “democracy” based on 1-organization 1-vote, the fact that companies like IBM, SAP and TIBCO are voting at OMG does not give them extra votes for their customer base over the small 1-man-band consultancies that are also members. So: if you are a customer and want to “help”, join the OMG and send your favorite vendor your voting proxy so we can vote on your behalf. Or come along and vote for yourself…
[*1] The team includes UML experts NoMagic, and is chaired by 1 of the main BRMS vendors. Sadly the W3C RIF standards folk decided to have their meeting at the same time in another part of the US, so TIBCO stayed on at OMG to see PRR through and the other rule vendors attended the W3C meeting.
[*2] There was also a Transportation Day which included a presentation by TIBCO CEP customer Con-Way. Unfortunately, neither of these events were well attended - perhaps Jacksonville wasn’t a great location for an IT event.

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