So today I’m speaking on a panel at the SharedServices Link e-invoicing Europe 2011 conference in London. The panel includes members from our main competitors in the invoicing space. The topic is something I am passionate about: interoperability between different networks.
I’m pretty sure this discussion will lead to a lot of lip service from everyone saying they all see interoperability as an important goal, a little bit like when politicians meet and declare they all want world peace.
The reality, interoperability; the ability for customers of the different networks to talk together, is dependent on the business case of these networks for engaging in collaboration with the other market players and when you start to analyze that, the picture quickly becomes a bit more suspect.