SEEKING AN OPEN ROAD

The supermarket industry's call for more open systems has certainly been heard by manufacturers, but in some cases the changes have been more surface than substance. Information systems executives have had to learn, sometimes the hard way, that what's called an open system may be closed to certain types of hardware, software or both.hardware costs, as products become more of a commodity, and the ability

The supermarket industry's call for more open systems has certainly been heard by manufacturers, but in some cases the changes have been more surface than substance. Information systems executives have had to learn, sometimes the hard way, that what's called an open system may be closed to certain types of hardware, software or both.

hardware costs, as products become more of a commodity, and the ability to more easily migrate hardware to a higher level when new versions are introduce

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