Standards are Worthless Unless You Use Them

A good standard is one everyone uses.

Well, duh, right?

While I was on the board of directors for an international standards consortium (HR-XML), the biggest battle has always been getting developers to use the standard download minecraft pe ios for free.  When we did, we got amazing things to happen, like getting 18 states to start providing compliance receipts for job deliveries in just a few months bücher kostenfreien. Like enabling entire marketplaces.

Nearly everyone who I’m aware of who launched an HR-XML initiative has finished quickly for a few reasons:

  • There wasn’t anything to argue over herunterladen. The taxonomy is already built. The interfaces are predefined. The architecture astronomy is already settled.
  • The focus is on functionality instead of database schema outlook free windows 10. You can focus more on how to use the data than how to validate and store it.
  • Off the shelf XML tooling could be used. So much of software is just moving data around Download bebas font. Being able to use off the shelf tools  for ETL / data exchange really makes it easy to build integrations.
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If your architecture looks like this, you probably should have stuck with industry standards.

So, if making using standards is so productive, why don’t people use standards more often adobe cs2 herunterladen?

  • The standard isn’t perfect for my use case itunes op windows 10. This is probably the most cited reason not to use HR-XML or other HR Open Standards specifications.  Reality is that widely adopted standard ever since screw threading has some flaw or compromise netflix op 4g. You trade in the perfect screw for one that can be easily and inexpensively purchased anywhere when you use the standard one hoe kan je popcorn time downloaden. Make sure you are making the right tradeoff when you decide to not use the standard.
  • PR. I can roll a data structure, serialize it and call it a standard… and promote my product by promoting the ad-hoc standard fau box herunterladen. This is especially the case with startups who don’t realize that by adopting the standard they could pick up customers and even promotion from other standard users… and even more importantly, get on the radar for being bought.
  • Critical mass. The best standard is one everyone uses. If everyone isn’t using your standard, it’s easy to get caught up in Not Invented Here Syndrome or in the pursuit of perfection.
  • Reinventing a standard is easy money for contractors and consultants. Why use off the shelf when you can bill 1,400 hours to implement a CRUD api for a resume  schema?
  • Lack of awareness. Even though we have lots of reasons (Google, Bing, Duck Duck Go, etc…) that unawareness is a bad excuse, developers like to get things done… and research is often something that gets in the way of cutting code.

Every software engineer and every business manager knows that standardization is the key to opening up entire markets… but we all find so many excuses not to use them. When we do use standards, we get the web, automobile, computers and smartphones… when we don’t we get a Rube Goldberg like mousetrap.

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