Summary and Final Thoughts
The computer industry worldwide thrives on innovation. The lifeblood of our industry is new products and services, and all of us in IT must be involved in the process. At the heart of the matter is the need to bring together minds from multiple technical and scientific disciplines as well as businesses and institutions to share a sense of urgency and purpose. Although many companies are determined to take on this challenge, they can't do it alone. It's up to all of us in IT to embrace open standards, develop them, and implement them.
The age of proprietary solutions is almost over. How can we design and support open standards that will work? New methods will be needed to equip our systems to deal with changing environments and transactions. How will we create and develop new standards to take previous system experience and use that information to improve the rules?