Worlds In Collision

Sevcik, Peter
May 2005
Business Communications Review;May2005, Vol. 35 Issue 5, p8
Trade Publication
The article presents its author's view on two contrasting world of computer networks. He describes these two worlds very well in terms of how they approach standards. Component standards make devices inte-roperate with other devices within their use-case. Component standards don't need to be global in scope. Markets and economics determine whether a component standard becomes a global standard. Using a standard component for an off-standard application happens all the time and is relevant to the popularity of the tool. By comparison, systems are a group of independent but interrelated elements, comprising a unified whole, that interact with each other to work as a coherent entity. Large complex systems that are networks must follow standards not for interoperability among their internal components but for uniformity across all users. Global telecommunications networks have clearly been built based on the system model. That world is based upon controlling a strict single user-network interface.


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