XML links technology’s offerings

By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/21/2003

XML. Extensible Markup Language. It’s likely most HR practitioners have little, if any, idea what XML is or how it will affect what they do.

What it boils down to is this: while just about everything, including HR, has been going “e” in recent years there is a fundamental flaw in all those systems, software and programs that have been developed with the intent of improving business efficiency through automation.

Many of them “speak” different languages and therefore have difficulty communicating with each other. Sure information can be wired around the world, but often when it arrives at the receiving interface it stops. The data received then must be read and manually re-entered into the systems at that end.