Fact Sheet: Unified Modeling Language (UML)

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Short description/
Transmitted information
  • Modelling language for specification, visualization, design and documentation of software systems
  • ISO Standard
Normative documnt
Version / Release state
  • 2.5
Release date
  • March 2015
Application scope
  • Collaboration
  • Validation
  • Cross-disciplinary communication and collaboration tool
  • Lifecycle-oriented
  • Focus on model-based software development
Promoting bodies
  • GASQ - Global Automotive Supplier Quality
  • Autosar
  • OMG Standard
  • ISO Standard
IT Standard classification
  • Modeling Standard
Data format
  • ...
Additional available resources
  • Implementation Guidelines
  • Recommended Practices
  • Benchmarks
  • Testing Guidelines & Files
  • Use Cases
  • Content Harmonization Guidelines
  • Best Practices
Relevant prostep ivip project groups
  • -

Positioning of UML in V-Model

Relevance and Benefit for MBSE

Reasons from Industry (example):

  • Increase consistency and clearness of information by providing a common language and representation (Focusing E/E & SW)
  • Improve communication, collaboration & knowledge exchange efficiency across domains, business segments and organizations
  • Increase efficiency in system conception & specification
  • Support process automation in data exchange, by report and code generation
  • Industry standard modelling language for software engineering (ISO 19505)

Risks and Impediments

What happens if we do nothing:

  • Lack of tool interoperability, cross domain & cross enterprises
  • A industrialized consistent (automated) development toolchain from System (SysML) to Code (UML) can’t be achieved
  • Efficient cross enterprise SW Development is Tool Vendor specific