Celebration of birthdays is often spent recognizing achievements and milestones - especially the first 'double digit' birthday (as my daughter once described it.) In 1996, the W3C(World Wide Web Consortium) 'gave birth' to what is now known as The Extensible Markup Language (XML) which has truly been a great achievement for our industry. Based on open standards, XML ensures that data will survive migration of applications and platforms. The ability to describe the structure of data, independent of the processing software, enables interoperability between heterogeneous systems. It is one of the basic tools today for end-to-end integration in distributed systems and thus the preferred tool for expressing the many schemas that have been submitted to standards bodies for Autonomic Computing!
One example is the common base event, known now as WEF or the WSDM Event Format, capable of capturing the required data from any event from any platform or any level of the IT stack enabling an end-to-end view of any transaction in today's most distributed and complex IT infrastructures - another first for the industry! Or how about the Solution Deployment Descriptor (SDD) capable of capturing any dependency from any software instance, from any platform, for deployment and life cycle management. Yet another first! Of course you can read about these and many other self-managing autonomic enabling XML schemas on our AC web site and you can read about XML's birthday in the April/June Issue of the IBM Systems Journal .