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UPDMRTF — UPDM DoDAF lacks a concept for Service Orchestration

  • Key: UPDMRTF-16
  • Legacy Issue Number: 18688
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Thematix Partners LLC ( Lonnie VanZandt)
  • Summary:

    Of the available DoDAF Service concepts, neither ServiceAccess nor ServiceDescription is an adequate concept for expressing collaborations of multiple Services such as one does in a SOA ServiceArchitecture.

    The lack of a concept like HighLevelOperationalConcept, say "ServicesOrchestration" or "ServicesCollaboration", for the SvcV-1 makes it difficult in UPDM DoDAF to model SOA Service Architectures. One has to borrow an instance of concept called "ServiceAccess"-which is poorly named and which suggests the means of accessing a single entity-and then claim that the borrowed ServiceAccess instance is really only an abstraction for representing a particular instance of an orchestration of multiple Services. One names it with its type as, say, "Service Orchestration for Situation X : ServiceAccess", and then uses its StructuredClassifier and its BehavioredClassifier natures in order to draw the orchestration of multiple ServiceAccess properties just as one uses UML's composite structures metamodel to model similar collaborations for Highlevel Operational Concepts, Systems Internal Interface Descriptions for systems collaboration in CapabilityConfigurations, SysML IBDs, and etc.

    ServiceDescription is a derivation of ArchitectureDescription that is, itself, an extension of Package. The intended purpose of ServiceDescription is for the documentation of the purpose and of the elements of a Service. Because of this documentary intention and because Package is not intended to be a suitable metaclass for the modeling of composition hierarchies, ServiceDescription, too, is not appropriate for the concept here called "ServicesCollaboration".

    Recommendation: either add <<SOAML::ServiceArchitecture [Collaboration]>> directly into UPDM or add <<UPDM::ServicesCollaboration [Class]>> to UPDM so that one can model Services in Composite hierarchies like they can model conceptually similar collections of parts in contexts in other notations.

  • Reported: UPDM 2.1 — Thu, 25 Apr 2013 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:42 GMT