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Subject: OASIS Call for Participation: SOA-EERP TC
To: OASIS members & interested parties A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS Service-Oriented Architecture End-to-End Resource Planning (SOA-EERP) Technical Committee has been proposed by the members of OASIS listed below. The proposal, below, meets the requirements of the OASIS TC Process [a]. The TC name, statement of purpose, scope, list of deliverables, audience, and language specified in the proposal will constitute the TC's official charter. Submissions of technology for consideration by the TC, and the beginning of technical discussions, may occur no sooner than the TC's first meeting. This TC will operate under our IPR Policy [b]. The eligibility requirements for becoming a participant in the TC at the first meeting (see details below) are that: (a) you must be an employee of an OASIS member organization or an individual member of OASIS; (b) the OASIS member must sign the OASIS membership agreement [c]; (c) you must notify the TC chair of your intent to participate at least 15 days prior to the first meeting, which members may do by using the "Join this TC" button on the TC's public page at [d]; and (d) you must attend the first meeting of the TC, at the time and date fixed below. Of course, participants also may join the TC at a later time. OASIS and the TC welcomes all interested parties. Non-OASIS members who wish to participate may contact us about joining OASIS [c]. In addition, the public may access the information resources maintained for each TC: a mail list archive, document repository and public comments facility, which will be linked from the TC's public home page at [d]. Please feel free to forward this announcement to any other appropriate lists. OASIS is an open standards organization; we encourage your feedback. Regards, Mary --------------------------------------------------- Mary P McRae Manager of TC Administration, OASIS email: email@example.com web: www.oasis-open.org [a] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/process.php [b] http://www.oasis-open.org/who/intellectualproperty.php [c] See http://www.oasis-open.org/join/ [d] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/tc_home.php?wg_abbrev=soa-eerp] CALL FOR PARTICIPATION OASIS Service-Oriented Architecture End-to-End Resource Planning (SOA-EERP) TC (1)(a) The name of the TC OASIS Service-Oriented Architecture End-to-End Resource Planning (SOA-EERP) TC (1)(b) A statement of purpose As Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) has matured as a development, deployment, and governance paradigm, the performance of SOA deployments has received increasing attention. End-to-End Resource Planning (EERP) applies service discovery, composition, simulation, and optimization techniques in a novel way to improve business results. As the software industry has applied SOA to eBusiness deployments, self-optimizing systems as exemplified by EERP have become more feasible and necessary. Different deployments of services onto a business process have varying business value. For example, a shipper might offer faster but more expensive service. EERP models the business process and the range of potential services, then guide the selection and deployment of services based on the overall end-to-end business value. Modeling the business characteristics of a service is a prerequisite for estimating the business value of the process that uses those services; likewise, the reliability of the service provided needs to be understood. Finally, establishing agreements about the business service is essential to long-term value chain improvement. Challenges include: _ The discovery, selection, assembly, and management of services supporting business processes _ Monitoring and evolution over time of both the set of services selected and of the performance of the business process itself _ Determining the varieties of optimization to be supported The focus of the TC will be on enablers for optimization and process improvement. Local and more global optimization of distributed business processes should prove more effective with consistent requirements and definitions. References on EERP are in section (2)(h). (1)(c) Scope The SOA-EERP Technical Committee will focus on enablers for optimization. The enablers are, for example, definitions of the framework for representing the business process service rating terms, such how to represent cost, time, value, etc. We define "optimization" as maximizing business value by enabling improved real-life eBusiness process and resource planning at both design time and run time. In particular, _ Resources are services performed by people, machines, and hardware/software applications, and represented by SOA services. Defining the qualities of such a business service will be done with metrics expressed as Business Quality of Service (BQoS). The nature of BQoS varies across industries and services. _ Business processes are optimized in order to reduce cost, improve efficiency, and otherwise improve business results. Extensions to Business Process Management Notation and execution environments such as WS-BPEL will facilitate process improvement through automatic optimization and evolution. The TC intends to address the following to support optimization technologies. The parenthetical notes are proposed specification names: _ A vocabulary and model for design-time and run-time optimization _ Business characteristics of services demanded and supplied (BQoS) _ Business reliability and reputation of suppliers of services (WS-Rating) _ Business service-level agreements to manage and evaluate services (Business SLA) _ Such additional work as determined necessary by the TC to enable evaluation and optimization of the business value of SOA-deployed Business Processes _ A reference model for SOA optimization The TC will, insofar as possible, rely on existing work. Specific work with which the TC intends to coordinate is listed in Section (2)(a). (1)(d) A list of deliverables, with projected completion dates. Projected times are from inception, the date of the initial TC meeting. 1. Vocabulary, high level model, use cases, and requirements document (4 months from inception) 2. Business Quality of Service specification (BQoS) (8 months from inception) 3. Service and business process extensions to BPMN, WS-BPEL, and CSA-BPEL (12 months from inception) 4. Business Reliability and Reputation specification (WS-Rating) (12 months from inception) 5. Business Service Level Agreement specification (Business SLA) (15 months from inception) 6. Reference model for SOA Optimization Implementations (21 months from inception) (1)(e) Specification of the IPR Mode under which the TC will operate. The TC shall operate under RF on Limited Terms (1)(f) The anticipated audience or users of the work. Parties who would have interest in this work include enterprises that deploy and manage solutions which use SOA techniques and which want to develop effective business processes and improve the performance and agility of those solutions. Extensive applications of SOA-EERP techniques will likely be most cost-effective for long-running business processes, although SOA-EERP enabling specifications will also help in the definition and design of SOA end-to-end business processes. Earlier versions of EERP, specifications for which are anticipated to be contributed, are currently deployed in industry portals in China to facilitate service selection and business process improvement. (1)(g) The language in which the TC shall conduct business. The TC will use English as the language for conducting its operations. (2) Non-normative information regarding the startup of the TC: (2)(a) Identification of similar or applicable work that is being done in other OASIS TCs or by other organizations, why there is a need for another effort in this area and how this proposed TC will be different, and what level of liaison will be pursued with these other organizations. There is not currently any known work producing a coordinated set of SOA optimization enabling specifications. The composition of work into an EERP-like optimization framework, together with the required support specifications, is unique to this proposal. The assembly and reassembly of optimized business process implementations will leverage the OASIS Service Component Architecture, in particular the SCA Assembly and SCA-Policy specifications. Policy application may leverage the OASIS SCA-Policy specification. Business Process notation and execution environments are expected to leverage the OMG BPMN and OASIS WS-BPEL and SCA-BPEL specifications, extended to carry BQoS information. Business Quality of Service may leverage the WS-Quality Management (WS-QM) project and aspects of the Universal Business Language (UBL) standards. WS-Rating may leverage aspects of the proposed OASIS Open Reputation Management Systems (ORMS) TC work as well as WS-QM. The SOA-EERP TC will establish TC liaisons as needed with appropriate TCs and working groups in other organizations, including the OASIS OpenCSA member section or its appropriate component TCs, the OASIS ORMS TC, the OASIS WSQM TC, the OASIS UBL TC, and the SOA-RM TC. (2)(b) Initial meeting. The initial meeting will be a teleconference and will use a free conference calling service. The meeting will be August 6, 2008, at 9:00pm United States Eastern Time (New York time). (2)(c) The projected on-going meeting schedule for the year following the formation of the TC, or until the projected date of the final deliverable, whichever comes first, and who will be expected to sponsor these meetings. The TC will conduct its business via biweekly teleconference calls. The time(s) and frequency of the call will be determined during the first meeting of the TC. The TC will conduct F2F meetings as needed and determined by the TC. Teleconference facilities and F2F meetings will be sponsored by the TC participants or OASIS. Time zone difference of participants may require flexibility in meeting times, quorum, and subcommittees (if any); identified members as of this Call for Participation are in East Asia and North America. (2)(d) The names, electronic mail addresses, and membership affiliations of at least Minimum Membership who support this proposal and are committed to the Charter and projected meeting schedule. Anyu Lee, firstname.lastname@example.org, ChangFeng Alliance Abbie Barbir, email@example.com, Nortel Chen XiuZhi, firstname.lastname@example.org, Beijing Redflag Chinese 2000 Co. Ltd. William Cox, wtcox@CoxSoftwareArchitects.com, Associate James Guo, email@example.com, Beijing Digital China Hu GuangBin, firstname.lastname@example.org, Beijing CE Open Source Software Co. Ltd Jin YouBing, email@example.com, Beijing Redflag Chinese 2000 Co. Ltd. Li ChunQing, firstname.lastname@example.org, Beijing Tong Tech Co Ltd Li ZiangKai, email@example.com, Redflag Software Co. Ltd Alex Wang, firstname.lastname@example.org, Beijing Sursen Co. Ltd Xie ZhenMo, email@example.com, Red Flag Software Co. Ltd Kirk Yang, firstname.lastname@example.org, Beijing Digital China Limited Yuan Yuan, email@example.com , Beijing CE Open Source Software Co. Ltd Pine Zhang, firstname.lastname@example.org, UOML Alliance (2)(e) The name of the Convener who must be an Eligible Person. Anyu Lee, email@example.com, ChangFeng Alliance (2)(f) The name of the Member Section with which the TC intends to affiliate The SOA-EERP TC intends to affiliate with the OASIS ChangFeng Open Standards Lab (COSL) Member Section. (2)(g) Optionally, a list of contributions of existing technical work that the proposers anticipate will be made to this TC. Beijing eBridge China: development versions of EERP and specifications. (2)(h) Optionally, a draft Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document regarding the planned scope of the TC, for posting on the TC's website. To Be Developed. Additional information on EERP can be found in the following OASIS Symposium presentations and tutorials: http://www.oasis-open.org/events/symposium/2007/slides/Andy-Lee-Sunday.ppt http://events.oasis-open.org/home/sites/events.oasis-open.org.home/files/EERPTut orial.ppt http://events.oasis-open.org/home/sites/events.oasis-open.org.home/files/ALee%20 EERP%20Portal%20Design.ppt http://events.oasis-open.org/home/sites/events.oasis-open.org.home/files/Guo-Cha ng%20EERP.ppt (2)(i) Optionally, a proposed working title and acronym for the specification(s) to be developed by the TC. To Be Developed.