Stories by Rob Erskine

Standards: why you want them

Standards and TLAs: there are hundreds if not thousands in our industry, but somehow we never quite get there. What is the real attraction of the promise of standards? The technical team will say code portability and interoperability, the application development team will talk about freedom to pick the development environment of choice while retaining a single code set, the integration team may talk about the ability to seamlessly plug and play applications without months of torment as to how application A will exchange all the bits of information it needs to with application B in real-time. The budget holder should say “At last I’m not locked into any vendor any more, so I have freedom of choice as to what I buy and from whom I buy it.”