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XML in Data Management by M. David Allen, Peter Aiken

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9

XML, DM, and Reengineering

Introduction

So you might ask—and one reviewer did—why is an XML book talking about reengineering? Reengineering is another one of those love/hate topics for data managers and all kinds of IT professionals, similar to Enterprise Application Integration. On one hand, the possibilities for gains from reengineering as it has typically been described seem profound. On the other hand, for many organizations, none of these benefits have really panned out. The reasons for these disappointments are wide ranging, from excessively exuberant promises made on the part of those selling reengineering, to organizations simply choosing the wrong targets for their initial efforts. The purpose of this chapter is to show how XML can ...

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