Communications of the IIMA


This study investigates XML technology as a standard format for data transfer on the Web. It describes several compelling reasons why XML is a particularly useful technology for representing structured systems management information. XML is a markup language used for data structure in a textual form. A specific goal of XML is to keep most of the descriptive power of SGML, while removing as much of the complexity as possible. XML is similar in concept to HTML, but whereas HTML is used to convey graphic information about a document, XML is used to represent structured data in a document. It is no wonder, global businesses are rushing to implement XML technology.