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Bruce Perens: A Vertical Market Seeks Open Standards

Oct 17, 2008, 16:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Perens)

"History repeats itself in interesting ways. Vertical markets are today grappling with their own need for truly Open Standards, going through all of the pain that the broader IT industry suffered two decades ago. Fortunately, the verticals can learn from the experience of the broader IT industry that has already fought these battles.

"So, of all the critical industries crying out for Open Standards, who is campaigning for them in their own industry today? Is it the manufacturers of voting machines, who must establish high standards to safeguard democracy? Or the medical records system vendors?

"Nope, it's the makers of casino slot machines."

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