Moving beyond disillusionment

Joe Lapp jlapp at
Fri Oct 8 17:43:45 BST 1999

Excellent points, all.  Comments below...

At 04:11 PM 10/8/99 +0100, Richard Anderson wrote:
>Generically map ? Such tools never actually work that well in real business.
>There generic rules are never anything like the business rules you actually
>want, you cant just map because the names are the same. However, it can form
>a good basis, but you than have to manually define the mapping, adding
>conditions etc.

Yes, this is definitely an infinitely huge problem.  You can pick a market
space and continually strive to genericize the most urgent transformations
of this space.  Meanwhile, you provide mechanisms for inserting
hand-crafted conversions where they cannot yet be configured.

>Although this is an fairly established/old market populated by tools like
>Mercator, Mentor etc etc.  Well established EDI mapping tools that now
>support XML.

Another excellent point.  But there's more to business than just a product.
 It needs to easily fit into the right places, to satisfy the most urgent
needs of the space, to be known to customers when they need it, to be
priced favorably, to have the right kind of support, to have the right plan
for embracing the future, to be managed well, and so on.
Joe Lapp                     (Looking for some good people to
Senior Engineer               help create XML technologies that     connect businesses to businesses
jlapp at          over the web.)

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