It is important for both vendors and users to understand the process by which international standards are derived as well as the original concepts and objectives of Open Systems Interconnection (OSI). This is because the standardization work on OSI is different to traditional standardization in at least one key respect: it is prospective. This means the standardization happens before products reach the market place. It also means that standards development is effectively an integral part of product development. The standards, as they are developing, therefore point the way in which the technology is moving. This cannot just happen by accident: it needs the prior commitment of all the major manufacturers to making sure that the eventual products they produce will meet the standards.
KeywordsInternational Standard Organization International Electrotechnical Commission British Standard Institution National Electric Manufacturer Association National Electric Manufacturer Association
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