re: When Standards And Innovation Don't Mix
"The problem with standards is that they're the diametric opposite of innovation" paints a vague picture with a rather large brush or defines a yard by a single blade of grass. Standards define what are known, proven methods to make something function as advertised. I consider the Steve Jobs, the Bill Gates, the Steve Wozniaks all innovators, but look at their products Cisco, Apple, Microsoft, and almost any other that have made standards (open or proprietary) a critical part of their success. The true innovators are few and far between while there are thousands of wanna bes for each. Standards NEED to be followed in IT production environments where performance depends on service availability and stability. Perhaps you meant ignore standards exclusively in development environments, sandboxes, etc, and perhaps here I could agree, but when you bring it to market or production, set your standards in order to be supportable.