An Operations and Maintenance Information Open System Alliance

Joint Working Group to Promote Open Enterprise Integation Standards for Operations and Maintenance Holds Formative Meeting

The Instrumentation Systems and Automation Society (ISA) SP95 Committee, MIMOSA (An Operations and Maintenance Open Systems Alliance) and OPC Foundation (OPC) held the initial meeting of their Joint Working Group (JWG). The objective is to simplify the development and integration of Operations & Maintenance (O&M) systems, equipment and software enabling practical interoperability with each other and with other enterprise systems. In support of this objective, the JWG will provide coordination for the standards under development by ISA SP95, MIMOSA and OPC.
The three organizations originally announced their intent to form a JWG in a press release from the ISA EXPO 2003 on October 22, 2003. In addition to establishing the organizational structure and protocols for the JWG, the group developed a technical strategy including objectives and deliverables.
Keith Unger, ISA SP95 Committee Chair said: "I am amazed at the energy and enthusiasm generated during this initial meeting. The group was able to outline common goals and establish a base of understanding on how these standards will collaborate. The integrated efforts of all three organizations will result in vendors building products for superior open solutions addressing the needs of all of manufacturing."
OPC Foundation President Tom Burke said: "I am very excited about the collaboration and team work that was demonstrated at the OPC/MIMOSA/ISA SP95 JWG Meeting. The team is composed of vendors from each of the respective organizations. The team quickly came to consensus on a strategy for interoperability. We are rapidly unifying the terminology and models and we will be providing the documents and sample code to jump-start the vendors" adoption of the standards. The JWG is focused on enabling vendors to build products that end-users will be able to deploy into open solutions for Operations, Maintenance & Beyond.
Alan Johnston, MIMOSA President said: "I am extremely pleased by the amount of progress we made at the first JWG Meeting. Too frequently, organizations talk about collaboration, but fail to deliver useful and timely results, either by design or by default. We are already seeing significant benefits from our continuing collaboration with OPC to enable the real-time enterprise in a variety of vertical industry sectors through our OpenO&M™ initiative. Collaborating with the ISA SP95 Committee in our new JWG is the obvious way to accelerate the development and adoption of open standards applicable to the manufacturing sector."
Costantino Pipero, Manager, Global Solutions Invensys and the JWG Coordinator said: "We are doing this right when the technology is mature enough to address a screaming market demand for consistency: demand from the users to bridge their operational islands, and demand from the solutions providers to define and pinpoint customers' requirements. And we want to do it fast."

The Instrumentation Systems and Automation Society (ISA) SP95 Committee, MIMOSA (An Operations and Maintenance Open Systems Alliance) and OPC Foundation (OPC) held the initial meeting of their Joint Working Group (JWG). The objective is to simplify the development and integration of Operations & Maintenance (O&M) systems, equipment and software enabling practical interoperability with each other and with other enterprise systems. In support of this objective, the JWG will provide coordination for the standards under development by ISA SP95, MIMOSA and OPC.
The three organizations originally announced their intent to form a JWG in a press release from the ISA EXPO 2003 on October 22, 2003. In addition to establishing the organizational structure and protocols for the JWG, the group developed a technical strategy including objectives and deliverables.
Keith Unger, ISA SP95 Committee Chair said: "I am amazed at the energy and enthusiasm generated during this initial meeting. The group was able to outline common goals and establish a base of understanding on how these standards will collaborate. The integrated efforts of all three organizations will result in vendors building products for superior open solutions addressing the needs of all of manufacturing."
OPC Foundation President Tom Burke said: "I am very excited about the collaboration and team work that was demonstrated at the OPC/MIMOSA/ISA SP95 JWG Meeting. The team is composed of vendors from each of the respective organizations. The team quickly came to consensus on a strategy for interoperability. We are rapidly unifying the terminology and models and we will be providing the documents and sample code to jump-start the vendors" adoption of the standards. The JWG is focused on enabling vendors to build products that end-users will be able to deploy into open solutions for Operations, Maintenance & Beyond.
Alan Johnston, MIMOSA President said: "I am extremely pleased by the amount of progress we made at the first JWG Meeting. Too frequently, organizations talk about collaboration, but fail to deliver useful and timely results, either by design or by default. We are already seeing significant benefits from our continuing collaboration with OPC to enable the real-time enterprise in a variety of vertical industry sectors through our OpenO&M™ initiative. Collaborating with the ISA SP95 Committee in our new JWG is the obvious way to accelerate the development and adoption of open standards applicable to the manufacturing sector."
Costantino Pipero, Manager, Global Solutions Invensys and the JWG Coordinator said: "We are doing this right when the technology is mature enough to address a screaming market demand for consistency: demand from the users to bridge their operational islands, and demand from the solutions providers to define and pinpoint customers' requirements. And we want to do it fast."