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Determine the ROI of XML

Determine the ROI of XMLAs we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, proponents of Extensible Markup Language or XML have been hailing it as a revolutionary technology that can single-handedly solve all kinds of issues related to information authoring, publication, and translation.

There is some basis for such lofty praise. XML has the capacity to pare down time-to-market by reducing the need for rewrites and formatting. The ease with which text can be reused means lower costs for authoring and translation. Using XML can also improve branding and image, resulting from more cohesive content and formats. Even legal exposure can be diminished because there is a lower risk of incorrect or inconsistent labeling.

However, even the best of technologies has its limitations, and XML is no different. In particular, the cost of the XML implementation process may well outweigh the benefits for small teams, for organizations managing fewer than 1,000 pages, and for immature organizations relying on ad-hoc processes.

So how do you know whether XML is right for your company? There is a helpful tool available at www.managingenterprisecontent.com/myweb/ROI_Calculator.htm. This tool will help analyze the costs your company will likely face in converting to XML, and weigh them against the potential benefits of doing so.

Give it a try. You might be surprised at how much XML would (or would not) benefit your company.

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