The conference "XML for Information Resource Managers," held recently in Dallas, Texas, brought together speakers and attendees representing standards bodies, major IT organizations, software vendors, the IT press and IT industry analysts. The conference provided an open venue for discussing the issues of extensible markup language (XML) such as the state of XML standards, software vendor plans for supporting XML and the strategies of early-adapter IT organizations that are already implementing systems that incorporate XML.

THE HURWITZ TAKE: Several speakers and attendees noted that the rise of e-Business is driving a need for data and application integration mechanisms between IT systems. Most attendees accepted without question the promise of XML to satisfy this need for integration.

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