SML is being noticed in the XML community.
Rick Jelliffe, the father of Schematron commented on SML in his blog and expressed interest in taking SML's extensions for inter-document reference to ISO
“SML is quite interesting too in that they define their own key/uniqueness constraint language: an extended version of the XSD one but allowing cross-document checks. At ISO, DSDL has a part for path-based integrity checks, which has been dormant because we did not see anyone in industry demanding or prototyping anything: I wonder if we at DSDL should cooperate with the SML people and adopt their extended keyref language for DSDL Part ?6?.”
We would love to explore this with you, Rick!
Uche Ogbuji discussed SML in his blog. Uche doesn't think much about the SOA hype, but he thinks that SML is an interesting initiative
“I'd long ago put up a very thick lens for looking at any news from the SOA space. With analysts and hungry vendors flinging the buzzword around in a mindless frenzy it came to the point where one out of twenty bits of information using the term were pure drivel. I do believe there is some substance to SOA, but it's definitely veiled in a thick cloud of the vapors. This week Service Modeling Language caught my eye through said thick lens, and I think it may be one of the more interesting SOA initiatives to emerge.”
He would like to see sample models, scenarios, and modeling guidelines. Well, the SML WG is working on these documents and plans to publish them soon - so stay tuned. Uche is a bit sceptical about the use of SML for automating management tasks since "Some assessment tasks simply cannot be automated"
Uche's assertion is correct since SML is not a replacement for smart and experienced IT administrators and professional. However, it is a useful tool that can be used by them to automate some (if not all) aspects of managing their IT services and systems.