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Subject: Fwd: Standards Watch: Service Modeling Language; Demo ShowDoesn't Do Complexity

If a second draft of SML was published in 
November, it managed to miss me. Anybody known 
anything more about this beastie? Sorry for any 
duplicated postings, but I wanted to get a wide 
audience on this.


>Date: Mon, 05 Feb 2007 14:06:38 -0500 (EST)
>From: "Network Computing 
>To: rexb@starbourne.com
>Subject: Standards Watch: Service Modeling 
>Language; Demo Show Doesn't Do Complexity
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>   Network Computing Newsletter- Monday, February 5, 2007
>					 Everyone 
>loves a big, vendor-studded standards effort--if 
>it works. That's always the rub, isn't it? In 
>this issue, 
>take a close look at SML, or Service Modeling 
>Language, a multivendor effort to create a 
>common vocabulary for describing literally 
>*everything* in an IT environment--hardware, 
>software, applications and, eventually, 
>services. The idea is that standard descriptions 
>will make it easier for management products from 
>different vendors to share information about the 
>assets they manage.
>SML's supporters represent a who's who of IT 
>vendors: BEA Systems, BMC Software, Cisco 
>Systems, Dell, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, 
>Microsoft and Sun Microsystems.
>So, what are SML's prospects? It's still early, 
>but things look good. A second version of the 
>spec was published in November, and the group is 
>aiming to turn its work over to a 
>still-to-be-named standards body sometime this 
>quarter--with a goal of creating a standard 
>sometime next year.
>It's no surprise that many of the players behind 
>SML are also architecting their management 
>products around configuration management 
>databases, or CMDBs. The easier it is to bring 
>asset data into CMDBs, the more they will be 
>adopted by customers. If you're interested in 
>SML and simplifying IT management, go deeper 
>into this story by reading our 
>analysis of CMDBs:. Also check out our in-depth 
>analysis of the leading service-management 
>vendors and 
>the low down on ITL, or IT Infrastructure 
>Library, another major industry effort to 
>standardize IT management best practices.
>Also this week, editor in chief Art Wittmann 
>up his coverage of the DEMO conference, where 
>brave souls put on live demos of new IT products 
>and services. Not surprisingly, Art saw plenty 
>of new Web 2.0-style products, but also noted a 
>dearth of serious enterprise-scale offerings, 
>leading him to note that DEMO doesn't do 
>Richard Karpinski
>Modeling Language Manages IT Assets
>By Andrew Conry-Murray
>The SML standard establishes a common vocabulary 
>for disparate tools and has the backing of some 
>big vendors.
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>This week finds me at DEMO 2007. Chris Shipley 
>now drives this show, and quite honestly, it's 
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>If one could find a theme in this morning's 
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>Doesn't Do Complexity
>By Art Wittmann
>DEMO continued this afternoon with another spate 
>of vendors--you guessed it--demoing their 
>products. The format of DEMO is an interesting 
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