It has been busy here in Microsoft since the July annoucement of the Services Modeling Language (SML) Specification. There have been meetings with the SML Workgroup communities to create, [SDM and] SML communications to send, and SML blog updates to post☺.
I guess this is what a career mentor meant about having "good trouble".
On this topic of communications: an important Microsoft SML platform document became available in mid-July. This document, titled "Understanding System Definition Model (SDM) and its Practical Application in 2006 to 2008" is an detailed overview / primer / roadmap into Microsoft's plans for integrating SML modeling into Microsoft's products, with recommendations for IT software architects, IT solutions integrators, and IT operations managers.
A little history on Microsoft's DSI modeling white papers: A Microsoft SDM white paper was published on the http://www.microsoft.com/DSI portal which provided an overview of Microsoft's plans to establish, use, and promote model-based management for IT systems, services, and operations. This SDM white paper was updated during calendar year 2005 for the Visual Studio 2005 SDM Software Developers Kit (SDK) release.
For the new [SDM] SML platform paper, a substantial effort was made to interview a selection of the Microsoft SML development team, including Microsoft SML meta-model and common model architects, developers, product managers, and program managers. The paper was polished during June, and published in July ... just prior to the July 31 SML Specification announcement.
What's different in the new SML platform white paper is the presentation of Microsoft's SML contributions in the context of "three DSI waves" -- some extracts from the new paper on these DSI waves appear below:
The new SML paper is available here: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/dsi/smds_wp.mspx So - what's next for Microsoft SML integration?
New [SDM] SML Platform White Paper:http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/dsi/smds_wp.mspx
Previous SDM White Paper:http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/dsi/sdmwp.mspx