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dlr5288
dlr5288
7/31/2017 4:38:59 PM
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Re: Vodafone Standards
Very true! I think a lot of companies work that way. I think it'll only hurt them in the long run though..

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freehe
freehe
5/26/2016 4:33:09 PM
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Vodafone Standards
JohnBarnes, I agree. In addition, each goes into going in a different direction which makes it difficult to standardize. Many companies don't even have their own internal processes standardized so they have no clue have to standardize an initiative this huge.

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
5/15/2016 1:14:34 PM
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Struggles about standards are standard for any new industry
This is one of those moments in the creation of a new technology or industry where everyone has to take a guess: you can't standardize too early or you'll make your standards irrelevant as new, shaping technologies move the tech away from what you were trying to standardize. But standardize too late, or just let it happen organically, and you end up with a mess of conflicting stuff. There's a just-right point where the tech is not going to hold any more big surprises but is mostly not-yet-deployed.

The English system of measures, or old style British currency, are examples of what happens when things grow organically. The metric system's minor problem with many units no one uses and major problems with a few units being too big or too small for human scale (e.g. farad, dietary calorie) are an example of going a little too soon (If it had been devised around 1900 instead of around 1800, much of that could be avoided). Road signs in the US got it about right; about the time that people began to be able to drive between cities and across regions, the US Highway System standards for signs had been adopted in most states, so newer, paved roads usually featured signs that meant the same thing all the way across the country. (Even there, there were glitches).

If Americans didn't worship markets and distrust government quite so much, or didn't swing quite so much weight as the world's largest market, this is a classic situation for a straightforward top-down imposed solution, but, again, not possible when a big player is committed to the view that what markets do is what's right.

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