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Welcome to the Cloud Working Group Wiki

The OMG Cloud Working Group, formed in July 2018, is the successor to the Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC), started in 2011.


1. Mission

The OMG Cloud Working Group publishes vendor-neutral guidance on important considerations for cloud computing adoption – highlighting standards, opportunities for standardization, cloud customer requirements, and best practices to foster an ecosystem of open, standards-based cloud computing technologies.


2. Co-Chairs and Members

The co-chairs of the Working Group, until the September 2019 meeting, are:

  • Claude Baudoin (Principal, cébé IT & Knowledge Management)
  • David Harris (Supply Chain Cyber Security, The Boeing Company)
  • Karolyn Schalk (Client Success Manager, IBM Hybrid Cloud SaaS; IBM Certified Cloud Solutions Architect)

Co-chair roles and responsibilities are less formal in an OMG Working Group than they are in a Special Interest Group or Task Force. There are no formal policies and procedures about the organization of a WG. However, it is our intent that after the first year, the CWG will formally elect its co-chairs. Lisa Schenkewitz (IBM) has volunteered to alternate with Karolyn Schalk and take one of the co-chair seats in the summer of 2019.

Membership in the CWG is open, free, and not restricted to holders of an OMG membership. However, co-chairs must be from an OMG member company.


3. Meetings

The CWG largely operates through work performed “off-line” by its members, such as the writing and editing of discussion papers.

In addition, status reviews and discussions of the CWG's roadmap will occur during regular OMG meetings. The initial cadence of meetings, agreed at the 25 Sep 2018 kickoff meeting in Ottawa, is:

  • a face-to-face meeting (half a day or a full day) during the quarterly OMG meeting week;
  • one teleconference per quarter midway between OMG meetings.

The next meeting is scheduled for the week of 24-27 March 2019, 9:00 am–12:00 pm, during the OMG meeting in ReSton, VA (near Washington, DC), USA.


4. Deliverables per OMG Process

4.1. Discussion Papers

The CSCC created 28 guides or papers during its existence. All of those become “OMG Discussion Papers,” although they are not being re-published with a new title or cover page at this time. The change in name and branding will occur as the papers are updated.

The roadmap for the writing of new Discussion Papers or the updating of existing ones will be decided by the group as a whole during its meetings. It will then be presented by one or more of the co-chairs at the quarterly meeting of the OMG's Middleware and Related Services (MARS) Task Force, in order to prepare MARS for review, approval and issuance of the papers.

4.1.1. Existing Guides and Papers
4.1.2. Papers Proposed or in Progress

In Q4 2018, we are working on three papers in parallel:

  1. A new Practical Guide to Cloud Deployment Technologies. The leader is Karl Scott (Satori Consulting). The kick-off conference call occurred on 24 October 2018 with about 50 participants. Once this paper exists, it may supersede technology considerations in some other papers, which will need to be revised accordingly.
  2. A new Practical Guide to Cloud Governance, initiated by Karolyn Schalk (IBM) and Ash Heda (Wipro). They will propose an abstract and a calendar to develop this.
  3. Version 3 of the Practical Guide to Cloud Service Agreements. This effort was launched on 31 October 2018, with a kick-off conference call attended by about 40 participants. This effort will be lef by Anil Sharma (IBM) and Paddy Padmanabhan (Damo Consulting), with additional support from Claude Baudoin.

The roadmap for Q1 2019, still subject to discussion, includes:

  • Completing the Practical Guide to Cloud Governance (see above).
  • Revising the White Paper (it will be now be called a Discussion Paper, in accordance with OMG terminology) on Cloud Service Agreements: What to Expect and What to Negotiate. Completion of the Practical Guide to CSAs V3 is a prerequisite to start this revision.
  • The December meeting raised the need for a Catalog of Cloud Standards.
  • The December meeting also raised the potential need to revise the Interoperability Paper, even though it is relatively recent (December 2017), in order to add a new scenario about data migration, and mention interoperability patterns. David Harris and Beniamino Di Martino are the initial champions of this proposal.

A new paper on Cyber Insurance and the Cloud may be proposed as an alternative to developing a large section on this topic within the Practical Guide to CSAs.

The revised roadmap will be submitted to feedback by the CWG members by January 2019.

Issues:

  1. How do we get a document approved without too much delay if the final draft is ready a few days after an OMG meeting? Do we have to wait up to three months until the next meeting, or can the appropriate Task Force vote by e-mail to approve the paper?
  2. The OMG standard footer at the bottom of the cover page of a Discussion Paper says that it is not an official position of the OMG. We want to get rid of this message, which weakens the document. We are talking to the OMG Technical Director, who is putting in place a new process subcommittee of the Architecture Board. Expect the PSC to receive and examine this request in mid-2019.

4.2. RFIs, RFCs and RFPs

Per OMG policies and procedures, there are now new types of deliverables that the CWG may undertake:

  • RFIs when more information is required from members, users or vendors
  • RFPs when the CWG wishes to solicit a new standard
  • RFCs when there is an existing, uncontested technology that can become a standard

However, RFPs and RFCs can only be issued by a Technical Committee upon recommendation of a Task Force. The CWG will generally request such a recommendation from the Middleware and Related Services (MARS) Platform Task Force, but may from time to time go through another, more relevant Task Force.


5. Call for Participation

5.1. Joining the CWG and the mailing list

Interested OMG and non-OMG participants are invited to join the CWG.

We have a mailing list, cloudwg@omg.org. If you join the CWG, you will be added to the distribution. To ask to be added to the mailing list manually, or to unsubscribe, please click here, state your request in the message, and press Send.

5.2. Contributing to this Wiki

The following people are currently able to edit this wiki directly, and more will be added as appropriate:

  • Claude Baudoin and Karolyn Schalk (co-chairs)
  • Paulo Takeda (IBM Brazil)
  • Tracie Berardi (OMG staff)

Others should be able to use the discussion box to suggest changes, and the authors will implement the changes or discuss them with the authors of the suggestions. If you encounter any difficulty doing so, please contact Claude Baudoin.

Also contact Claude if you wish to become an author/editor of this wiki. You will be given your own username and password to do so.


This is a list of relevant international and national standards; compliance or certification programs; and other initiatives, strategies, policies, procedures, and governance documents that should be considered when formulating positions, creating documents, or suggesting OMG standardization efforts.

6.1. ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 38 Standards

In existence:

  • ISO/IEC 23189, Framework for Trust in Processing for Multi-Sourced Data. This actually relates more to the OMG’s Data Governance WG than to the Cloud WG. This will be mentioned to the OMG Data Governance WG co-chairs for their consideration.
  • ISO/IEC 22624, Taxonomy-Based Data Handling for Cloud Services.
  • ISO/IEC 22678, Guidance for Policy Development

In progress:

  • ISO/IEC 23167, Common Technologies and Concepts
  • ISO/IEC 23187, Interacting with Cloud Services Partners
  • ISO/IEC 23188, Edge Computing Landscape. This is coordinated with SC 41 (IoT), whose Working Group 3 (IoT Architecture) is led by Erin Bournival (Dell) who also co-chairs the Standards Task Group (STG) of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). This is more relevant to the IIC than to the OMG, but since Claude Baudoin participates in the IIC STG meetings, he can discuss the connection to the cloud with Erin.
  • ISO/IEC 23613, Service Metering and Billing.

6.2 Other Guidelines

(under construction, in part by collecting references from the existing CSCC guides and white papers, or those sent by members of this group)

Discussion Forum

Claude Baudoin, 2018/09/06 00:59, 2018/10/25 07:10

Next additions planned:

  • a summary list of existing papers, pointing out the needed revisions,
  • list of past co-authors and editors,
  • list of contributors to the wiki (even if they just made suggestions that I implemented, they deserve recognition)
  • clear instructions on how to be authorized to contribute (i.e., how to get a login ID to be an author)
    • started, but still learning how to set all configuration parameters properly to allow user registration and guest comments with moderation (finding the right compromise between openness and avoiding spam)

On 04 Sep 2018, Ram Marupudi (Southeastern Grocers) sent suggestions to have a top navigation section and social media links. To be implemented soon. Some of the suggestions do not need to be fully implemented here, as they are covered by the OMG's Cloud WG website, but they at least need links from the wiki to the full site (which is currently only referenced indirectly when talking about the existing papers and guides).

On 04 Sep 2018, Ash Heda (Wipro) said that he has end users who wish to add some of their perspectives. We're discussing the best way to allow this without opening the door to external spammers. I may open up the discussion forum to outsiders, and then some of us would curate the input and transform it into edits to this page, and/or create subpages. This might be the best compromise.

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