Next Steps For Case Management?

I'm trying to decipher Cordys chief strategist Jon Pyke's post today on the case management proposal at OMG. It's hard to tell what he's saying, but I gather things did not go well in Costa Rica. I could have told him that, based on the bmi thread beforehand. He casts as the villain "analysts and consultants [who] do an excellent job of commenting upon products or suggesting ways to take them to market or advising on market trends [but who should not be] vehicles for developing standards."

I hope he's not talking about me, but I don't know of any other analysts who are even thinking about case management or discussing any OMG efforts in that area. If so, I think the blame is misplaced, since if anything I am a supporter of standardizing a notation for case management and integrating it with BPMN. Probably one of the few friends Cordys has in that regard...

I do think the OMG process is an unlikely one for case management. But just because I've given up on it before it starts doesn't mean I am trying to "scupper" it (whatever that is... sounds bad). Anyway, BPM analysts are hardly the ones driving the boat at OMG. I wish! My BPMN 2.0 experience has taught me that the real battle there is between the "architects," UML/metamodel people stuck in the 20th-century paradigm of models that can be compiled into any programming language, and the "engine vendors," who want models that roundtrip with metadata-driven (code-less) implementation design. Preferably consistent with their existing engine architecture. I have more sympathy with the latter, but I have to say that neither one is especially concerned with notation per se, i.e., diagrams that are expressive but lack executable detail.

I wish the Cordys guys well in their quixotic OMG adventure, but I think an informal process in which participants share the basic objective and ground rules - notation-centric, non-executable, xsd-not-UML, linked to BPMN 2.0 - is more likely to achieve something than a formal process in which half the participants never liked BPMN in the first place. If Henk and Jon get tired of spinning their wheels in OMG, I would welcome their ideas in another forum.