QOTD: IBM and standards


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On the politics and business of standards making …..

Bob Sutor, vice president of open source and standards, tells me that Big Blue has decided to cast a cold eye over the performance of the standards bodies it belongs to – which number “several hundred” – and may drop its links to some. The process of creating standards is “much more broken than people realised”, he said: in particular, there is a lack of transparency in some bodies about how decisions are arrived at or even how membership of the standards groups is set, which opens the system to abuse. [FT.com | Tech Blog | IBM takes a blunt axe to its dealings with standards-setters]

I was interested that IBM was a member of ‘several hundred’ standards bodies.


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