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Posted by Mike Gilpin on October 17, 2009
It’s been almost two years since I last wrote about this topic, but since then this trend has continued to accelerate. I have not had an opportunity to do another survey myself, but have seen:
So what’s behind this growing trend? The forces we identified in our original research piece are all still in operation, but to give a quick view, stories I’ve heard typically go like this:
When these folks try to establish a canonical model, results vary:
Fortunately, since I last wrote, the state of the art has moved on, with more tools coming on the market, as well as evolution of the tools I mentioned in the earlier piece. These included (from those mentioned in the 2007 document):
Since then I’ve also heard of others, like TopQuadrant’s TopBraid Suite. Oh, and my colleague Dave West has written a great report on the ways that semantic technology is being used by application developers nowadays. Dave and I are doing more new research in this area, about both canonical modeling and semantic technology. So please help us with our research:
Are you creating a canonical model? What tools and techniques are you using to drive your success (whether based on XSDs, or semantic technology, or both)? What issues have you encountered along the way? Can we interview you for our research?
Please comment here if possible, or Tweet with hashcode #ForrCanon, or email me (if you must retain confidentiality) at email@example.com.
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