Framingham, Mass.--Aug. 21, 1997-- The Object Management Group (OMG; Framingham, Mass.) has seen a series of successes this summer in its continuing efforts to make distributed computing based on CORBA/IIOP the choice for developers. OMG's successes include the adoption of several services during 1997 with more anticipated before year-end, record membership growth to its highest level, increased participation from a widening circle of industries and businesses, and heightened and expanded vendor commitments to the technology.
Vendor support has been shown this year through announcements by vendors Netscape, IBM, Sunsoft, Oracle, and Visigenic, who not only redoubled their support for CORBA/IIOP in words but in deed as well with their Component Initiative launched at the June OMG TC meeting in Montreal. This initiative is aimed at making CORBA simpler for developers to work with.
SunSoft's announcement that it will integrate CORBA/IIOP with Java's Remote Method Invocation (RMI) will make it easier for programmers using non-Java languages to work with Java. And recently Silicon Graphics announced it will incorporate CORBA/IIOP in its upcoming operating system.
OMG has adopted several significant technologies this summer and aims to adopt more this fall. At the Montreal meeting the OMG Board of Directors officially adopted the Transaction Service 1.1, IDL Type Extensions, IDL to Java Mapping 1.0, CORBAsecurity Secure Socket Layer Interoperability, and ORB Portability Enhancements. This September the Board is expected to approve XCMF 1.1, Internationalization and Time Facilities, and a CORBA Core 2.1 Revision. Additionally, work continues on such technologies as a Java-to-IDL language mapping, and CORBA/DCOM Interworking is expected to be officially adopted by the end of this year, giving Windows users access to any and all CORBA-based environments.
Vertical support for OMG technologies continues to build. At the upcoming OMG technical meeting it is anticipated that groups representing the utilities and pharmaceutical industries will begin working officially in OMG as Special Interest Groups. They will join groups who are already working in transportation, healthcare, telecommunications, simulation systems, finance and insurance, and business objects. This year has definitely shown that CORBA is reaching critical mass both in the number of vendors who are committing to the technology and also in the number of industry leading users who are now implementing CORBA solutions. CNN in media, Wells Fargo Bank in finance, Boeing, Texas Instruments, Allied Signal in manufacturing, Baptist Hospital in healthcare. They have accepted CORBA because they know it will give them significant benefits now and into the foreseeable future.
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