What would the IT industry be without standards? We wouldn’t have compatible databases, communications protocols, print data streams, compression and encryption specifications, or the World Wide Web. It’s hard to debate how standards have benefited the IT industry, enabling growth, collaboration in solving problems, interoperability across vendors (reducing vendor lock-in) and, most importantly, a much wider range of choices for companies. Unfortunately these benefits didn’t apply to the ECM industry until recently.

I first realized the need for a content management standard in 1992. I was involved in developing an application for a large corporate client that needed to access content stored in a popular repository. We immediately ...

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