JOLAP, XML/A, JDBC, OLE- DB, ODBC, MDAPI, DCOM, CORBA, J2EE, and even dear old MOM is in there somewhere. It sounds like alphabet soup or the refrain of "Old McDonald Had a Farm" (E-I-E-I-O...) in terms of the jumble of acronyms that represent the plethora of standards our industry creates. Standards are a good thing. They make life easier for vendors developing products and for those deploying these products in their environments. They have had a dramatic impact on business intelligence (BI) and its availability and affordability for companies desiring significant decision-making advantages.

"Standard ­ something, such as a practice or product that is widely recognized or employed, especially because of its excellence."

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