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SysML 2 is GO!


A month back, on November 12, I attended the Future Directions for SysML v2 webinar, which presented the approach taken to define the process of the next version of SysML. This was very informative and, at the time, I thought the approach was well thought and the desired improvements were exciting.

And now, I read Tim Weilkiens’ “Next Generation SysML – All-Clear For Takeoff” entry in the MBSE4U blog indicating that the OMG has voted for the SysML v2 RFP!

From what I saw in the webinar, this is good news. But this kind of endeavour is not something that can be done quickly – and neither should it! But in 2-5 years, we’ll have a new, better, and enhanced way of modeling systems!

Is Papyrus Ready?

Late last year, Michael Jastram stated that he was disappointed in Eclipse Papyrus, which I will admit was probably a valid concern in the past.

This prompted me to comment on it on the PapyrusUML blog, first in my secret identity as one of the bloggers on that site and then as myself in the comment (thus revealing said secret identity).

As a result of this, Jaxenter invited be to provide a longer response to address various aspects of Papyrus. And I agreed to answer their questions as this type of conversation can only ensure that we have an active, constructive discussion to improve our mutual understanding and Papyrus.

You can see my response in their “Eclipse Papyrus — Ready for the big stage?” article.

In short, it all depends on your expectations. Are you a UML expert or a toolsmith? Then you may very well find what you need in Papyrus. Are you a beginner with UML? Then you may very well be overwhelm by the tool. It’s all a matter of perspective, expectations, and needs!

The one thing I am certain of is that, with the Papyrus Industry Consortium, Papyrus’ future is brighter than a year ago!

An evening of System Security Engineering

Some of you may know that I am a member of INCOSE, but few may be aware that I am involved in the efforts being made to create a Canada Chapter.

As part of its effort to become a registered chapter, the emergent Canada Chapter has held conferences in the past (the last one was on December 21, 2015).

There is a new event coming up on June 16 that promises “An evening of System Security Engineering” (a.k.a., SSE)!

SSE is gaining a lot of traction these days, especially with the rapid growth of the Internet of Things (IOT, or as some like to say, the Internet of Everything) and various security concerns around our infrastructures. If you are building systems, this is a topic that you can’t avoid.

Are you interested in knowing more? Have a look at the flyer and maybe you’ll want to join us!  Tickets are availble from Eventbrite and if you’re an active INCOSE member, it’s free!

I hope to see you there!

 

 

Papyrus Industry Consortium now fully formed and running!

I know I’ve blogged before about the Papyrus Industry Consortium in recent postings. But we are now staffed and up and running, as seen in the official Eclipse press release from Embedded World.

And this is not a small, developer community around Eclipse offerings. Just look at the founding members, from both user and supplier companies: AdocusAirbus Defence & Space, Airbus Helicopters, Atos, CEA ListCombitech/Saab, EclipseSourceEricsson,  Flanders makeFraunhofer Focus,OneFact, and Zeligsoft (where I currently work). There are some big names in there! And there may be more announcements coming…

I don’t want to rehash what is already stated in the press release, on the web site, or in the charter. I’ll just summarize that the Papyrus Industry Consortium is a group of users and suppliers who pool their resources to create, promote, and use open source modelling tools for systems engineering. In a way, you could say that the Papyrus Industry Consortium is “leading open source modeling for industry!”

But asides from OneFact and Zeligsoft, where are the companies from the Americas? We certainly need more representation in the open source modelling world! I know there is a lot of modelling usage in the systems space in North America, there must be some interest… Even the US DoD’s CIO stated in “Clarifying Guidance Regarding Open Source Software (OSS)“:

To effectively achieve its missions, the Department of Defense must develop and update its software-based capabilities faster than ever, to anticipate new threats and respond to continuously changing requirements. The use of Open Source Software (OSS) can provide advantages in this regard.

I know, having worked at IBM Rational, that many US DoD funded projects use modelling, could they be interested? Let us know if you are!

So for all my friends and colleagues in North America: if you or your company in interested in knowing more, get in touch with me! It will be my pleasure to talk about the Papyrus Industry Consortium and what we are doing and planning to do in the future.

I will be at EclipseCon between March 6 and 11. If you happen to be attending or are around Reston, VA (or Washington, DC), we could even meet in person!

By the way, if you are at Embedded World this week, go to Hall 4, Booth 160 and talk to the PolarSys people there – the Papyrus IC being an industry group under Eclipse PolarSys.