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The adoption of open standards and vendor-neutral applications is crucial for unleashing power, speed, and innovation in the future economy, and interest in open standards development is gaining ground among leading vendors. Open standards have the potential of restructuring the software industry.

Open standards have almost reached a critical mass in the mainstream world market, and their impact is becoming noticeable in the software industry and in society as a whole. Companies like IBM, SAP, Sun, Intel, Hewlett-Packard and Silicon Graphics are committed to using open software as a core part of their business models and are investing significantly in enhancing its already impressive capabilities. The way ahead is to more open and unified systems. It makes good business sense. Simply put: Open standards convert technology into the universal world of business.

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