Click here to close now.

Welcome!

IBM Cloud Authors: Carmen Gonzalez, Ian Khan, XebiaLabs Blog, Liz McMillan, Elizabeth White

News Feed Item

Unification of Project Management Data for Large-Scale Systems across Organizations

Tokyo, Oct 22, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) - Nanzan University, IBM Japan Ltd., Fujitsu Limited, NEC Corporation, NTT DATA Corporation, Hitachi, Ltd., and Nomura Research Institute, Ltd. today announced that PROMCODE(1) has released its first publication, the PROMCODE Interface Specifications, for exchanging project-management data between organizations. The specifications are available on the group's website (http://lab.nise.org/PROMCODE/) along with the PROMCODE Usage Manual and PROMCODE Adapter Software for exchanging data in actual projects based on the specifications, as well as the PROMCODE Experiment Report. These tools will enable customers and vendors to manage project-management data via a standard interface across organizations, lowering the risk of project delays and cost overruns.

PROMCODE was formed so that large-scale system-integration and software-development projects involving a customer and multiple vendors would have efficient time and progress management and quality control between the organizations involved. This is made possible by a data-interchange interface for project-management data that would be independent of any organization or platform.

The first publication from this consortium, the PROMCODE Interface Specifications, compiles knowledge from the member organizations that are involved in multi-organizational, multi-layered, large-scale systems integration and software development projects in Japan. The PROMCODE Interface Specifications was designed based on management data used in actual development projects, and is being validated through practical experiments. The consortium plans to use it on actual projects in the future, with the aim of giving the customer and vendors participating in large-scale systems integration or software development projects a high degree of flexibility and independence, with the aim of transforming Japan's information industry.

Offshore development has brought the challenges of distributed development conducted by multiple organizations to a global level. This is why the consortium is preparing to form a technical committee in OASIS(2) with the eventual goal of having its work recognized as an international standard.

About the PROMCODE Interface Specifications, PROMCODE Usage Manual, PROMCODE Adapter Software, and PROMCODE Experiment Report

The PROMCODE Interface Specifications define a standard interface to allow different organizations to exchange project-management data. It was designed based on direct experience with on-site project management, and is compatible with Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK(3)).

The PROMCODE Interface Specifications consist of the PROMCODE Domain Model Specifications, which standardizes the model for project-management data being exchanged between organizations, and the PROMCODE Resource-Definition Specifications, which define the resources that perform data interchange between the various management tools used by each organization, via that data model.

The PROMCODE Usage Manual consists of the PROMCODE Service Development Guide, which is a guide for developing data-interchange software based on the PROMCODE Interface Specifications, and the PROMCODE Usage Guide, which establishes principles for using it in practice.

PROMCODE Adapter Software is a reference implementation of software for exchanging data between organizations based on the PROMCODE Interface Specifications. This conforms to OSLC(4), which aims to be a standard specification for data-interchange interfaces between software tools, and is published as open-source software from the Eclipse Lyo(5) website.

The PROMCODE Experiment Report is a report from each of the companies on results based on experiments of the interface's usefulness with real project management data.

List of Published Work Products
1.Report on products of activities
2.PROMCODE Interface Specifications
1.PROMCODE Domain Model Specifications
2.PROMCODE Resource-Definition Specifications

3.PROMCODE Usage Manual
1.PROMCODE Service Development Guide
2.PROMCODE Usage Guide

4.PROMCODE Adapter Software
5.PROMCODE Experiment Report

Group Milestones

May 21, 2012: Formation of group.
May-October 2012: Wrote a series of PROMCODE interface specifications based on project-management cases and knowledge held by each of the member organizations.
November 2012: Presented results at international conference on project management.
From November 2012: Developed adapter software; conducted practical testing at member organizations, made ongoing improvements.
September 2013: Presented results at major conference in Japan on software development technology.

Benefits of the Group's Work

1.Accurately track a project's status through timely data sharing

With projects growing in scale and becoming geographically distributed because of outsourcing, tracking their progress becomes increasingly difficult, which can lead to delays and cost overruns. The products of the PROMCODE consortium will make it possible for customers and a vendor - or multiple vendors - exchange project management data between their organizations in a timely manner, and to accurately track projects.

2.Eliminating manual work

In the past, for one organization to exchange its project management data with another required that the data be converted manually. Data collection and conversion are time consuming and are susceptible to errors. The products of the PROMCODE consortium automate the collection and conversion process, thereby enabling the prevention of errors.

3.Usefulness confirmed through experiments

The member organizations of the PROMCODE consortium have conducted experiments to confirm the usefulness of their work products with various usage scenarios. One project, for example, used a variety of different management tools and forms, but this new technology made it relatively simple to compile an aggregate-total form in a consistent manner.

4.An open specification based on international standards

The terminology used in the PROMCODE Interface Specifications has been made compatible with PMBOK. Additionally, the Resource Definition Specifications within it complies with the OSLC specifications. OSLC created an OSLC member section for standardizing its works in OASIS, the international standards body for information-systems technology.

5.Adapter extends availability beyond IT specialists

The PROMCODE consortium is providing software to convert project management data from the widely used ExcelR format to the format set by the PROMCODE Interface Specifications. In addition, because the conversion rules are defined in Excel as well, they can be used without highly specialized knowledge.

6.Open-source adapter software is available to everyone

A reference implementation for data-conversion software has been published as open source on Eclipse Lyo for everyone to use.

Proposal to Establish an OASIS Technical Committee for Recognition as an International Standard

To encourage widespread international adoption of the PROMCODE Interface Specifications, the PROMCODE consortium intends to set up a technical committee in OASIS, and to establish PROMCODE as an open standard. This technical committee is expected to be instituted under the OSLC member section, which is the technical committee working on OSLC standardization within OASIS.

Comments

Steve Speicher, OSLC Core Working Group Lead, W3C Linked Data Platform Editor, Eclipse Lyo Project Co-Lead

"It is great to continue to see the expansion and impact of OSLC - geographically, into new industry sectors, domain areas and open source efforts driven by the PROMCODE consortium. The OSLC community will benefit greatly from the experience of these industry experts involved with PROMCODE and how it can both shape and drive furthering the standardization work at OASIS."

Mik Kersten, CEO of Tasktop

"In an effort to scale software delivery, organizations around the world are struggling with figuring out how manage a growing number of software suppliers. The PROMCODE group brings invaluable experience from Japanese firms managing software supply chains that contain a hundred separate organizations, and I am personally very excited by PROMCODE contributing their knowledge and ideas to the lifecycle standards discussions that are taking place in the OSLC forum on OASIS."

About NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701) is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross utilize the company's experience and global resources, NEC's advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society. For more information, visit NEC at http://www.nec.com.



Source: NEC Corporation

Contact:
Seiichiro Toda  
NEC Corporation  
s-toda@cj.jp.nec.com
+81-3-3798-6511 


Copyright 2013 JCN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.japancorp.net

More Stories By JCN Newswire

Copyright 2008 JCN Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of JCN Newswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of JCN Newswire. JCN Newswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Red Hat's Chief Architect for the Internet of Things and Intelligent Systems, described how to revolutionize your archit...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Dyn, the worldwide leader in Internet Performance, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Dyn is a cloud-based Internet Performance company. Dyn helps companies monitor, control, and optimize online infrastructure for an exceptional end-user experience. Through a world-class network and unrivaled, objective intelligence into Internet conditions, Dyn ensures traffic gets delivered faster, safer, and more reliably than ever.
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo in Silicon Valley. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 17th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal an...
To many people, IoT is a buzzword whose value is not understood. Many people think IoT is all about wearables and home automation. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mike Kavis, Vice President & Principal Cloud Architect at Cloud Technology Partners, discussed some incredible game-changing use cases and how they are transforming industries like agriculture, manufacturing, health care, and smart cities. He will discuss cool technologies like smart dust, robotics, smart labels, and much more. Prepare to be blown away with a glimpse of the future.
"We have a tagline - "Power in the API Economy." What that means is everything that is built in applications and connected applications is done through APIs," explained Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at Akana, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 16th Cloud Expo, held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City.
WebRTC converts the entire network into a ubiquitous communications cloud thereby connecting anytime, anywhere through any point. In his session at WebRTC Summit,, Mark Castleman, EIR at Bell Labs and Head of Future X Labs, will discuss how the transformational nature of communications is achieved through the democratizing force of WebRTC. WebRTC is doing for voice what HTML did for web content.
The 17th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. 17th International Cloud Expo, to be held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, APM, APIs, Microservices, Security, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity. Submit your speaking proposal today!
The 5th International DevOps Summit, co-located with 17th International Cloud Expo – being held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA – announces that its Call for Papers is open. Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss. From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the world's largest enterprises – and delivering real results. Among the proven benefits, DevOps is corr...
17th Cloud Expo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterprises are using some form of XaaS – software, platform, and infrastructure as a service.
The 4th International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 17th International Cloud Expo - to be held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA - announces that its Call for Papers is open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than
SYS-CON Events announced today that Secure Infrastructure & Services will exhibit at SYS-CON's 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Secure Infrastructure & Services (SIAS) is a managed services provider of cloud computing solutions for the IBM Power Systems market. The company helps mid-market firms built on IBM hardware platforms to deploy new levels of reliable and cost-effective computing and high availability solutions, leveraging the cloud and the benefits of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS...
SYS-CON Events announced today that ProfitBricks, the provider of painless cloud infrastructure, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. ProfitBricks is the IaaS provider that offers a painless cloud experience for all IT users, with no learning curve. ProfitBricks boasts flexible cloud servers and networking, an integrated Data Center Designer tool for visual control over the cloud and the best price/performance value available. ProfitBricks was named one of the coolest Clo...
Internet of Things is moving from being a hype to a reality. Experts estimate that internet connected cars will grow to 152 million, while over 100 million internet connected wireless light bulbs and lamps will be operational by 2020. These and many other intriguing statistics highlight the importance of Internet powered devices and how market penetration is going to multiply many times over in the next few years.
The basic integration architecture, as defined by ESBs, hasn’t changed for more than a decade. Most cloud integration providers still rely on an ESB architecture and their proprietary connectors. As a result, enterprise integration projects suffer from constraints of availability and reliability of these connectors that are not re-usable across other integration vendors. However, the rapid adoption of APIs and almost ubiquitous availability of APIs amongst most SaaS and Cloud applications are rapidly redefining traditional integration approaches and their reliance on proprietary connectors. ...
Today air travel is a minefield of delays, hassles and customer disappointment. Airlines struggle to revitalize the experience. GE and M2Mi will demonstrate practical examples of how IoT solutions are helping airlines bring back personalization, reduce trip time and improve reliability. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Dr. Sarah Cooper, M2Mi’s VP Business Development and Engineering, will explore the IoT cloud-based platform technologies driving this change including privacy controls, data transparency and integration of real time context wi...
Buzzword alert: Microservices and IoT at a DevOps conference? What could possibly go wrong? In this Power Panel at DevOps Summit, moderated by Jason Bloomberg, the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise and president of Intellyx, panelists peeled away the buzz and discuss the important architectural principles behind implementing IoT solutions for the enterprise. As remote IoT devices and sensors become increasingly intelligent, they become part of our distributed cloud environment, and we must architect and code accordingly. At the very least, you'll have no problem fillin...
The Internet of Things is not only adding billions of sensors and billions of terabytes to the Internet. It is also forcing a fundamental change in the way we envision Information Technology. For the first time, more data is being created by devices at the edge of the Internet rather than from centralized systems. What does this mean for today's IT professional? In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed this very serious issue of profound change in the industry.
Internet of Things (IoT) will be a hybrid ecosystem of diverse devices and sensors collaborating with operational and enterprise systems to create the next big application. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Bramh Gupta, founder and CEO of robomq.io, and Fred Yatzeck, principal architect leading product development at robomq.io, discussed how choosing the right middleware and integration strategy from the get-go will enable IoT solution developers to adapt and grow with the industry, while at the same time reduce Time to Market (TTM) by using plug and play capabilities offered by a robust IoT ...
It is one thing to build single industrial IoT applications, but what will it take to build the Smart Cities and truly society-changing applications of the future? The technology won’t be the problem, it will be the number of parties that need to work together and be aligned in their motivation to succeed. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jason Mondanaro, Director, Product Management at Metanga, discussed how you can plan to cooperate, partner, and form lasting all-star teams to change the world and it starts with business models and monetization strategies.
SYS-CON Events announced today that BMC will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. BMC delivers software solutions that help IT transform digital enterprises for the ultimate competitive business advantage. BMC has worked with thousands of leading companies to create and deliver powerful IT management services. From mainframe to cloud to mobile, BMC pairs high-speed digital innovation with robust IT industrialization – allowing customers to provide amazing user experiences with optimized IT per...