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Top 10 Q&As: SOA experts get honest about app dev, integration trends


OMG's Richard Soley talks software modeling, cloud computing and more

Source:  Object Management Group

When the Object Management Group (OMG) adopted the Unified Modeling Language (UML) as an official specification in 1997, the modeling tools market was only $30 million -- just five years later, it had grown by more than a hundred times to $4 billion. Today, UML is used across industries to model the structure and behavior of varied software systems. But exactly how has UML changed application development over the years? Richard Soley, CEO of OMG, shares insight into the impact of UML on system development and document generation. Soley -- who first joined OMG in 1989 -- also gives his two cents on cloud computing standards, fast data distribution, and other evolving areas of development.

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I think the next real step for modeling is going beyond just pictures, bug being able to use them to plug and play technologies together.
I'm sorry, it's hard for me to take OMG seriously. They have so many initiatives like UML that are primarily derived from theory and don't seem to work out in practice. 

I do agree that companies are starting to look beyond on-premise computing. The dominance of the SaaS model is so powerful that people don't even notice they are using it - it is just "a web page." I mean, version control is going hosted and going mainstream doing it. That is an impressive feat, something that ~5 years ago I would figured was still twenty years out. Sure, the Open Source-y companies were doing it, but mass market acceptance?