OASIS Standardizes BCM

by CXOtoday Staff    May 08, 2006

The OASIS international standards consortium has announced that its members have approved the Business-Centric Methodology (BCM) version 1.0 as an OASIS Standard.

BCM is a set of layered methods for acquiring interoperable e-business information within communities of interest. The BCM OASIS Standard serves as a road map, enabling organizations to identify and exploit business success factors in a technology-neutral manner, based on open standards.

It offers a comprehensive approach for reducing unnecessary risk and techniques that result in an information architecture for enterprise agility and interoperability.

The new OASIS Standard addresses interoperability through the semantic alignment of concepts and layering of constraints, as defined by reusable business templates.

“By increasing communication between business partners and their developers, the standard lets enterprises achieve a greater degree of agility than would otherwise be possible,” said Peter Fingar, industry expert on Business Process Management and author of ‘Extreme Competition’.

“Instead of depending on narrowly focused, vendor-specific products, BCM users can deploy implementations that expand over time and derive maximum benefit from other standards supported within their enterprise,” said Mike Lubash, Department of Defense, US. He co-chairs the OASIS BCM Technical Committee, along with Carl Mattocks of MetLife.

BCM complements Enterprise Architectures (EA), service-oriented architectures (SOA), and frameworks, such as the Federal Architecture Reference Models and the US DoD Architecture Framework. It also maximizes the use of Web services, providing for the interpretation of messages and business documents from an enterprise viewpoint.

“The BCM allows web services to scale efficiently to larger enterprises. It complements other OASIS Standards, such as SAML, UBL, WS-Reliability, ebXML Messaging, ebXML Registry, UDDI, and XACML,” explained Patrick Gannon, President & CEO, OASIS.

BCM continues to be advanced within OASIS. The Committee plans to work on business-centric framing language that will use ’service bridges’ to ensure information used by one layer of SOA is accurately communicated to the other BCM layers.

Also members intend to develop ontology for eBusiness that resides in the concept layer to ensure semantic synchronicity across all BCM layers.