Wisdom from Mike Faddis, technology group manager, Microsoft Global Security
Warning to product manufacturers: Get moving on standards. Standards-based technology is so important to an organization like Microsoft Global Security that if your technology isn’t standards-based, there will come a time when a big client like Microsoft won’t even consider you. To buy non-standard technology would be to invite risk into the organization. Faddis isn’t to that point yet, but I don’t think it’s that far in the future. Since standards affects the end user the most (that’s really who obtains value from standards), end users also need to be key stakeholders in the standards development effort.