September 30, 2008
The emperor of standards has no clothes
The suits at IBM are in a snit. According to the Wall Street Journal, the worldÃ¢â¬â¢s largest computer company is threatening to pull out of certain international standards bodies because it has Ã¢â¬Åbecome frustratedÃ¢â¬Â by what it views as their Ã¢â¬Åopaque processes and poor decision-making.Ã¢â¬Â IBMÃ¢â¬â¢s press release on the subject is somewhat milder in tone, being a tree-hugging, planet-loving paean to the virtues of open standards and, just as important, open standards making processes. Who could object to that? However, beneath the velvet glove there lies a fist of some decidedly more ferrous material. IBM wants everyone to know that if it doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t like the quality of certain standards bodiesÃ¢â¬â¢ work, it will lobby for changes in the way they operate, incite local governments to force them to reform, or even drop out of them altogether.
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