The OMG Cloud Working Group, formed in July 2018, is the successor to the Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC), started in 2011.
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.
The co-chairs of the Working Group are, as of March 2021:
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 to periodically ask CWG members to formally elect the group's co-chairs.
As of March 2021, 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. You should expect to see some change to the status of OMG working groups during 2021, mostly to better manage intellectual property generated by such groups.
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:
The next face-to-face meetings are scheduled for:
The agenda of our meetings generally follows this pattern:
Below is a table of reports from prior meetings:
|Jun 2019||Notes from the CWG meeting on 18 June 2019 in Amsterdam|
|Sep 2019||Notes from the CWG meeting on 24 Sep 2019 in Nashville|
|Dec 2019||Notes from the CWG meeting on 11 Dec 2019 in Long Beach|
|Mar 2020||Notes from the CWG meeting on 25 Mar 2020||Google Docs draft|
|Jun 2020||Notes from the CWG meeting on 24 Jun 2020|
|Sep 2020||Notes from the CWG meeting on 16 Sep 2020|
|Dec 2020||Notes from the CWG meeting on 9 Dec 2020|
|Mar 2021||Notes from the CWG meeting on 24 Mar 2021||Google Docs draft|
The CSCC created 27 guides or papers during its existence. All of those are now classified as “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. With the new papers added by the OMG Cloud Working group since 2019, there are now 29 guides or papers, listed below.
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. The workflow for each paper will conclude with:
In general, the last two steps will take place during an in-person Task Force meeting during an OMG Technical Meeting week. In exceptional cases, this may be replaced by an e-mail vote if the Task Force chairs agree, to avoid delaying the paper.
We generally raise the possibility of updating an existing paper or guide when it is about three years old. Major reason to update a paper may be:
In addition, revisions should address the following objectives:
|Title with Link||Version||Date||Change Requests||DL*|
|Practical Guide to Cloud Computing||3.0||Dec 2017||921|
|Practical Guide to Hybrid Cloud Computing||1.0||Feb 2016||800|
|Practical Guide to Cloud Management Platforms||1.0||Jul 2017||861|
|Practical Guide to Platform-as-a-Service||1.0||Sep 2015||201|
|Practical Guide to Cloud Deployment Technologies||1.0||Mar 2019||276|
|Practical Guide to Cloud Governance||1.0||Jun 2019||?|
|Practical Guide to Cloud Service Agreements||3.0||Feb 2019||1937|
|Public Cloud Service Agreements: What to Expect and What to Negotiate||3.0||Sep 2019||631|
|Security for Cloud Computing: Ten Steps to Ensure Success||3.0||Dec 2017||2622|
|Cloud Security Standards: What to Expect and What to Negotiate||2.0||Aug 2016||1442|
|Cloud Customer Architecture for API Management||1.0||2017||527|
|Cloud Customer Architecture for Big Data and Analytics||2.0||2017||526|
|Cloud Customer Architecture for Blockchain||1.0||2017||350|
|Cloud Customer Architecture for e-Commerce||1.0||2016||494|
|Cloud Customer Architecture for Enterprise Social Collaboration||1.0||2017||?|
|Cloud Customer Architecture for Hybrid Integration||1.0||2017||205|
|Cloud Customer Architecture for IoT||1.0||2016||559|
|Cloud Customer Architecture for Mobile||1.0||2015||?|
|Cloud Customer Architecture for Securing Workloads on Cloud Services||1.0||Apr 2017||276|
|Cloud Customer Architecture for Web Application Hosting||2.0||2016||452|
|Interoperability and Portability for Cloud Computing: A Guide||2.0||Dec 2017||945|
|Migrating Applications to Public Cloud Services: Roadmap for Success||2.0||Feb 2018||1134|
|Migrating Applications to the Cloud: Assessing Performance and Response Time Requirements||1.0||Oct 2014||284|
|Data Residency Challenges (A Joint Paper with the Object Management Group)||1.0||May 2017||Following OMG-CSCC merger, replace with an update of the OMG version||203|
|Best Practices for Developing and Growing a Cloud-Enabled Workforce||1.0||May 2018||?|
|Cloud Customer Architecture for Big Data and Analytics||2.0||2017||?|
|Hybrid Cloud Considerations for Big Data and Analytics||1.0||Jul 2017||409|
|Impact of Cloud Computing on Healthcare||2.0||Feb 2017||1094|
|Convergence of Social, Mobile and Cloud: 7 Steps to Ensure Success||1.0||Jun 2013||?|
|The State and Future of Cyber Insurance||1.0||Dec 2020|
|Collected Cloud Computing References||1.0||Jan 2021|
* Downloads from the OMG Cloud WG “Published Deliverables” page from 1-Jan-2019 to 15-Oct-2019.
|Title||Leaders||Kick-off||External Draft||Planned Vote|
|Practical Guide to Data Governance in the Cloud||Jean-Claude Franchitti||Mar 2021||Jul 2021||Sep 2021|
When new papers are released, they may supersede similar considerations previously included in some other papers, in which case those will need to be revised accordingly in due time.
The roadmap for the next cycles (reviewed at each meeting) currently includes:
Per OMG policies and procedures, there are now new types of deliverables that the CWG may undertake:
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.
Interested OMG and non-OMG participants are invited to join the CWG.
We have a mailing list, firstname.lastname@example.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.
In 2020, OMG mailing lists will become closed to non-members after a transition period. We will continue to broadcast important news on our LinkedIn group. In order to see all the information generated by the CWG, please bookmark this wiki page and visit it periodically, and consider joining OMG as a member. This will give you access to all of OMG's work, not just the CWG's.
The following people are currently able to edit this wiki directly, and more will be added as appropriate:
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.
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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.
(under construction, in part by collecting references from the existing CSCC guides and white papers, or those sent by members of this group)
Help us populate this section by sending event listings to the CWG co-chairs. If you attend an event, please take notes and transform them into a subpage of this wiki (we'll explain how – see Section 5.2).
COVID-19 has caused all in-person events to be cancelled since March 2020. Many events became virtual and registration fees are drastically lower (sometimes zero), for those virtual events. This provides an opportunity to stay informed of trends and use cases at low cost.
|Cloud Computing Projects and Initiatives||12-14 May 2021||Toronto||Status t.b.d. (postponed or cancelled?)|
Di Martino, Beniamino, Giuseppina Cretalla, and Antonio Esposito: Cloud Portability and Interoperability. Springer Briefs in Computer Science, 2019. ISBN 978-3-319-13701-8.
International Organization for Standards (ISO): ISO/IEC 19944-1:2020 Cloud computing and distributed platforms ─ Data flow, data categories and data use - Part 1: Fundamentals (for purchase)
Lawson, Angela, et al.: Beyond Theory: Getting Practical With Blockchain. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, February 2019, 27 pages.
Makhlouf, Rasha: Cloudy transaction costs: a dive into cloud computing economics. Journal of Cloud Computing, Vol. 9 (2020)