The development and adoption of business transaction standards are about best practice business processes. The implementation of standards, on the other hand, is boring and confusing. That's been part of the problem in getting standards off the ground in industrial channels, where there is a high degree of fragmentation. A summit meeting on standards this week was a significant effort to move some of the many disparate pieces into place. The time may be right for the talk to walk.
Animal metaphors sometimes come in handy when it's hard to define what you're talking about ' elephants in the room, 800-pound gorillas, that sort of thing. That was the case in a unique day-long meeting when 30 people from different associations, technology providers and industry '