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- From: "Borden, Jonathan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: "Steven R. Newcomb" <email@example.com>, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 23:37:25 -0500
... It's very challenging to think
> globally when a billion-dollar opportunity may be slipping through
> your fingers, while pointy-headed people dither contentiously about
> technical details that have no great relevance to that billion-dollar
> opportunity. Even if civilization as a whole could save trillions of
> dollars in lost productivity by getting those details right in the
> first place.
I'm sorry ... exactly which billion dollar opportunity is slipping through
whose fingers :-)
This is true, take for example healthcare (which IMHO is the killer XML
app). The U.S. spends in aggregate $ 1.5 or so Trillion/year. Estimates are
that 20-40% is due to overhead, inefficiency, waste etc. (i.e. *not* being
spent on actual health care).
The problem is that its no one individual, or organization's problem. Its
always someone elses problem. Unless there is a very specific benefit to
improving efficiency there's no incentive to do the hard work to make it
happen. So... each and every one on this list has to take a stand and refuse
medical care from any organization which doesn;t maintain and transmit its
records in XML ...
> Steven R. Newcomb, President, TechnoTeacher, Inc.
> email@example.com http://www.techno.com ftp.techno.com
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