A predominate theme of corporate governance is the efficient alignment of enterprise business units so that the company’s performance can be continually measured and strategically improved in parallel with efficient tactical operations. Communication, accountability and standardization are primary components of this desired alignment. IT and business executives need to fully understand how various standards for data exchange in their industry space will implicitly enforce and support governance initiatives and strategic decision-making. In keeping with the themes of communication, accountability and standardization, a few of the more successful recent (XML-centric) data exchange formats offer good examples of each from a governance perspective.

For law enforcement agencies that have been adopters of the Global Justice XML Data Model (Global JXDM), business operations have become more efficient and less siloed. Better known as “Justice XML,” this model greatly improves the quality and efficiency of information sharing between law enforcement and public safety institutions. The increased accessibility and sharability of law enforcement data across the entire criminal justice system - locally and nationally - has resulted in more effective policing practices nationwide as well as improved execution of many Homeland Security mandates. Better communication has resulted in a sharpened ability to assess and respond to risks and threats from individuals and criminal and terrorist organizations. Federal, state and local resources can now be allocated more competently; likewise, the effectiveness of new-age law enforcement methodologies such as community policing can be measured with an unprecedented precision and ease. Better law enforcement - all agencies working in tandem and sharing information throughout all national jurisdictions - means better governance of an entire country.

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