Was the PWG Bake-Off a Success or Failure?

Was the PWG Bake-Off a Success or Failure?

Was the PWG Bake-Off a Success or Failure?

Bill Wagner bwagner at digprod.com
Tue Aug 6 14:08:03 EDT 1996


     


     A few observations on the Portland 'bakeoff'. 
     
        1. It was intended as a pre-bakeoff, a chance to see what didn't 
     work prior to a public airing. I think we all had a chance to find out 
     at least something that didn't work, and presumably are hustling to 
     fix it.
        
        2. It was a intended as a co-operative no-fault venture. That is, 
     since this was a technically risky airing of perhaps not quite done 
     products among competitors, cooperation required that each participant 
     use the opportunity to discover problems in their product rather than 
     be overly concerned with problems in competitor's products. Although 
     some participants were more open than others, I was heartened by the 
     large degree of real cooperation among engineers. On the other hand, 
     there was  a certain understandable reservation about public airing of 
     problems both about one's own product and  about other companies' 
     products.
     
        3.  So, as a prebakeoff, I maintain  the Portland activity appeared 
     to accomplish what it was intended to do. With respect to the bakeoff, 
     that has yet to occur. The marketing considerations to not have this 
     at interop in favor of some other venue notwithstanding, the success 
     or failure of the Portland activity can only be evaluated with respect 
     to the extent that it assisted in making the actual bakeoff a valid 
     public demonstration of interoperability. The corollary to this is 
     that the actual public bakeoff, with things fixed, must occur soon or 
     perhaps we are all wasting our time.
     
     Bill Wagner        DPI



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