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The other day I came across an interesting blog post on the future of data exchange.
August 31, 2013
By PLA Editor
The other day I came across an interesting blog post on the future of data exchange. Written by Scott Sangster, the VP of Global Logistics at Descartes he looks at the question of what information will be required to be exchanged in the future. A key question he highlights, is who should be driving the future? Should IATA and Cargo 2000 be dictating the terms of reference to lead the way in terms of messaging, or should it be the tech companies?
For Sangster it’s not an either/or situation, but rather he sees both IATA and Cargo 2000 playing crucial roles in establishing procedures and messaging formats and in helping set the standard for the industry. Tech companies, he says, on the other hand have a significant amount of knowledge that can help set a “realistic course for standards development and implementation” for the air cargo and other industries.” By way of example be notes, “there has been some additional involvement from technology companies as the XML standards were developed and in my opinion, this needs to expand and continue,” he says.
When it comes to development of new standard, programmes and processes, he highlights that as these are created “it’s the job of all parties involved to ensure that they are accessible and affordable for the entire industry in order to encourage adoption.”