Object Management Group (OMG)
OMG is an international, open membership, not-for-profit computer industry consortium. Any organization may join OMG and participate in their standards-setting process. Their one-organization-one-vote policy ensures that every organization, large and small, has an effective voice in their process. Their membership includes hundreds of organizations, with half being software end-users in over two dozen vertical markets, and the other half representing virtually every large organization in the computer industry and many smaller ones. Most of the organizations that shape enterprise and Internet computing today are represented on their Board of Directors.
OMG's focus is always on modeling, and the first specific cloud-related specification efforts have only just begun, focusing on modeling deployment of applications & services on clouds for portability, interoperability & reuse.
OMG Task Forces develop enterprise integration standards for a wide range of technologies, including: Real-time, Embedded and Specialized Systems, Analysis & Design, Architecture-Driven Modernization and Middleware and even wider range industries, including: Business Modeling and Integration, C4I, Finance, Government, Healthcare, Legal Compliance, Life Sciences Research, Manufacturing Technology, Robotics, Software-Based Communications and Space.
OMG's modeling standards, including the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and Model Driven Architecture (MDA), enable powerful visual design, execution and maintenance of software and other processes, including IT Systems Modeling and Business Process Management. OMG's middleware standards and profiles are based on the Common Object Request Broker Architecture (COBRA) and support a wide variety of industries.
The requirements document that initiates each OMG standard-setting activity (the Request for Proposal) and other key documents are available for viewing by anyone, member or not. Email discussion, meeting attendance, and voting are restricted to members; though prospective members are invited to attend a meeting or two as a guest observer.
Dozens of standards organizations and other consortia maintain liaison relationships with OMG. OMG is an ISO PAS submitter, able to submit their specifications directly into ISO's fast-track adoption process. OMG's UML, MOF and Interface Definition Language (IDL) standards are already ISO standards and ITU-T recommendation.
OMG is also the Event Producer for the Internationalization & Unicode Conferences. OMG provides a full range of conference management services and expertise - from conference development, production and support to targeted messaging and media promotion. OMG's proven team of in-house staff and contract service providers have years of experience organizing, producing and managing large-scale events including Object World, EclipseCon, the OSDL Enterprise Linux Summit and now the Internationalization & Unicode Conference. In addition, OMG currently produces four OMG Technical Meetings, and nine conferences and workshops every year for its members, in locations around the world.
Cloud Standards Coordination Overview and Contributing Organizations
Cloud-standards.org is a Wiki site for Cloud Standards Coordination. The goal of the wiki is to document the activities of the various SDOs working on Cloud Standards.
Cloud-standards.org is an initiative for editing and sharing a general cloud computing standardization positioning, in which more relevant cloud standardization initiatives can be seen and related. The first informal proposal of the positioning can be seen at cloud standards positioning.