Interoperability: "by design" vs. mission-critical
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Among the items of note I've read recently is the recent blog entry from related to open source I've read recently include the comments of colleague Alan Brown, who I'm happy to see has become active in his blogging again of late.
In his recent entry on Microsoft 's push on "interoperable by design," Alan explores the question of Microsoft's degree of support for open standards. I do believe Microsoft has been a true advocate of XML and Web services. On the other hand, I wonder to what degree Microsoft can possibly advocate true open standards given its business objective of maintaining the marketplace dominance of Windows operating systems and Microsoft Office. Compared to Microsoft, IBM may be more easily able to justify its support of open standards from a business perspective. After all, IBM supports numerous operating systems on a wide variety of hardware and has a diversified business model that spans hardware sales and services as well as software sales. For all of these elements of IBM's business model to survive and prosper, interoperability is not just a nice idea. It's mission-critical.
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