IT Standards were big news in 2003. That's no surprise, given that so many areas of modern life and business are now dependent upon them.
From Wi-Fi to Bluetooth, from GSM to RFID, wireless standards were being created, promoted and implemented everywhere, revolutionizing how we communicate, work, and conduct business.
Web services initiatives exploded; the courts handed down surprise rulings on standard setting misbehavior, browser patents and public ownership of standards; Europe and China used standards to erect trade barriers; and royalty-free policies proliferated - to name just a few of the standards trends of 2003.
If you're a big seller to Wal-Mart or the Defense Department, its time to add RFID technology to your IT budget. But which technology will predominate? In standards lie economic security.