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   Re: [xml-dev] XML is stuff for the enterprise only

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I was just in conversation with a former co-worker about this;
he has an in-hand solution based on version-controlled XML 
for a requirements process.

As a test engineer, he had a need for requirements 
document info, and met it by converting to XML
in a process that was very open to all the participants. 
Yet, having demonstrated the viability of the approach 
and having raised the level of awareness such that 
stakeholders are now conscious that the problems are 
there and have been solved, some stakeholders are 
still asking "how can we solve these problems" ?

Reason tells me that perceptions and buy-in are important.
But when your most important tool is your own self-interest 
even a ready made solution may look like a wheel to reinvent.

- Mitch

Ed Dodds wrote:
> The problem with business is that there is this whole strata 
> of good ol' boys hangin' on for pensions and/or options who 
> don't get the idea that there is benefit to normalized data, 
> standardized business processes or life-long learning. The 
> reality is that if stockholders don't, in fact, hold them 
> personally accountable, they will continue to make redundancy 
> job #1 -- whether at the enterprise or holistic levels. The 
> fact that good tools aren't used as intended is just a 
> symptom of this disease. 
> I was encouraged to learn that NTEN.org is atleast attempting 
> an industry data standardization for non-profits.
> Ed Dodds
> e-dodds.communications
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