The challenges keep getting solved and each time you solve a challenge you get a bigger challenge or another challenge, said Chris Harding, who manages The Open Groups work on semantic interoperability. So, the next problem is making the same sense out of the data that you exchange across those connections.
In other words, too get everyone talking a common language, or lexiconat least from a business perspective (good luck on the rest). So, you ask, why does IT need to care? Because, like all things business today, it is ITs job to make it work. Information interoperability (IIO) is no different since it is ITs job to take whatever terminology is being used to describe whatever business transaction is taking place, and replicate it across system and after business system.
If you look across verticalshealthcare, aerospace, IT, etc.you realize that common lexicons built around specialized knowledge have been in place since the Stone Age. The push today is to mold the everyday language of business into a common lexicon that means the same thing to everyone regardless of where the transaction is taking place or in what language.
The semantic Web weve begun hearing so much about recently is an attempt to make this vision a reality but it is, for now, an academic exercise with little impact in the business world.
From a technology perspective, XML and metadata are merely wrappers, if you will, for this effort but the real work of establishing common lexicons is done by people. Machines will facilitate the end result, but its up to people to find common ground on the meaning of terms and that means it aint going to be easy.
Theres a lot of people who dont appreciate it yet, because they look at things from their (siloed) perspective and to them its clear, said Tom Reale, associate executive director in the Command, Control, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance division of MITRE, a non-profit research corporation.