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Subject: RE: XML Gave A War, But Nobody Came
Message text written by INTERNET:firstname.lastname@example.org >> > Asked if they cared about which XML version will win, [nine > e-commerce executives at top Internet exchanges and e-businesses] > all shook their heads. They will fight to set standards for the > structure of XML documents in their respective industries, they > said, but not about setting a common, global standard for the > language. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< William, Right now this is because their customers don't care. But - they will! Notice that all the frazzle dazzle of e-Tailing Web sites belies the fact that: a) You use one of these ASP's you're trapped (or rather your data is!). b) If you want to play in more than one marketplace - you have to join entirely separate systems and support both, or more. c) Don;t even try taking data out of one system and sending it over to another, or even - taking say invoices out and putting them in your local accounting system. In short - these are stovepipes - but all in the same verticals! There's hundreds - if not - thousands of these already. My sense is that six months from now you are going to see them start to compete on interoperability and maintainability cost-points. Right now they are in fantasy land spending IPO money and trying to get as many 'customers' on board as possible. Notice to many - customers are registered companies - even if they have never re-visited the site since they signed up for a 'free' trial or just to download the demo kit.... No surprises here - we've seen all this before. DW.
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