Who Develops Open Standards?
The journey to a fully open standards-based IT infrastructure is one of evolution. That journey has now begun. As IT evolves and matures, new standards will become apparent and will need to be developed. It's a requirement for success that all interested parties participate in the development process. This includes all of the following parties:
Independent software vendors (ISVs). The software companies, large and small, must adopt and implement the standards into their products and services.
Corporate users. The eventual users of the standards now have a chance to guide and recommend features, functionality, and requirements. Their view from the trenches is important to gain the true worldview.
Standards organizations. As new standards organizations are formed and existing standards bodies adapt to the new requirements, they have much to offer the development process in terms of process, knowledge, and the management and implementation of standards.
Individuals. There's room for anyone who has an interest and can contribute to the process of standards development. Most standards organizations place their documents on the Internet and specifications are available for all to review. Frequently good ideas and suggestions come from individuals.
Global market. Open standards development must not take place in a regional context; for example, just in the United States. Global requirements must be considered if the true implementation of open standards is to be applied.