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Whitehall suppliers must use XML

Ross Bentley
Companies that want to do business with the Government over the Internet will have to adopt XML and other Web services standards, according to Anwar Choudhury, director of technology strategy at the Office of the E-Envoy.

Previewing a keynote address he is due to give to IT suppliers in March, Choudhury said standardisation on technologies such as Soap, UDDI and HTTP will reduce the risk of project failure due to incompatibility issues.

"For the first time there is recognition both from suppliers and from government that the ubiquity of the Internet means that we need to work on top of it," he said. "Firms that do not comply with these standards will find their products unwanted."

Choudhury said emerging Web services standards will provide a level playing field for small companies to compete with larger companies when tendering for public sector contracts and will create an environment for "greater competition and innovation

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