What is your organization's IT fitness level? Is your team out of breath on short distances? Or is it ready for long-distance hauling? Final performance depends on the workout, and if standards adoption isn't part of your IT team's fitness regimen, your team may be doomed to under-achieve, despite any obvious talent in the lineup.Standards use can be likened to gym membership: Everybody agrees that it's a good idea, but its only as good as the number of times you actually go and workout.

ACORD's gym is open, and its members are beginning to see some very muscular use of the ever-growing list of ACORD XML standard business messages. They see XML standards implementation as critical to the future health and prosperity of their organizations. Their IT teams are in training for long distance markers of straight-through-processing and true enterprisewide data integration.

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