Solid Open Standards IT Systems

Open Standards
  • The Internet, especially its World Wide Web (WWW) aspect, has been able to flourish solely because of the use of Open Standards.

  • Information gets presented in forms that anyone can use, without having to use a particular vendor's software.

  • Various commercial entities (especially Microsoft) have tried to 'own' the Internet via proprietary schemes, and fortunately virtually all such attempts have failed.
  • We care about Open Standards, for sound business reasons, and so should your business.

  • Open Standards give you a wider choice of technologies and ensure that your data will be accessible later, without requiring vendor cooperation.

  • For a long time it's been feasible to run virtually all businesses using only Open-Standards-based technology.

  • So don't let suppliers lock you into proprietary data processing systems.

  • And wherever feasible get important data exported from proprietary systems while you still can.

  • An excellent source of related information is OASIS.
Cloud Risk
  • A recently-arrived serious risk to your data is "Software as a Service" (SaaS), otherwise known as "being Cloud-based".

  • With which your data resides on computers owned and controlled by others and which you can't directly access.

  • Your access to your data can be turned off in an instant. By accident or by design.
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