"Oslo" is not exclusively data modeling-related, but it will, if successful, be a major modeling milestone. Oslo will be a key theme at Microsoft's PDC (Professional Developers Conference) in October. See the full eWeek article for more details
"Modeling today for most people is really about application workflow," Martin said. "But that misses the large point," he said, noting that as companies move into a services world where many of the components of applications they use were not written by the organization, there is a need for modeling to help bring those services together more easily than having to write code. Also, in a virtualized environment where an application outgrow its hardware capacity and has to move to cloud-based assets, modeling can help to set up how the application should scale. In addition, for managing these complex services- based applications, enterprises will need to get policy information for the services that is easier done via modeling rather than writing code, Martin said.
"When you move from service orientation to virtualization, modeling goes from a 'nice-to-have' to a 'must-have.'"