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4 May 2015

How Standards Bolster Innovation




Written by: Romuald Restout A Quick Look into the Past   Towards the end of the 19th century, electrical engineering became one of the core engines of the second industrial revolution. As Nicholas Carr put it, in “The Big Switch,” manufacturing energy provided factories “with a decisive advantage over other manufacturers. The company was able…

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22 April 2015

Standards are Worthless Unless You Use Them




Written by: Mike Seidle A good standard is one everyone uses. Well, duh, right? While I was on the board of directors for an international standards consortium (HR Open Standards), the biggest battle has always been getting developers to use the standard.  When we did, we got amazing things to happen, like getting 18 states to start…

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5 June 2012

8 Reasons Why Standards Like HR-XML Save Software Development Time




I’m John Kleeman, Chairman of Questionmark, the assessment management systems company. Here is why open specifications and standards like HR-XML save effort when developing software. Suppose you are responsible for application A, and your customer needs it to integrate with application B. How do you do this? One option is to build a proprietary interface,…

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