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25 March 2010


  • Bart, I like the analogy and I agree with you about the challenges that component based strategies face. The clue to the biggest challenge is in your statement "The BIAN initiative and IFX attempt to create standards and frameworks as do a number of technology vendors" - the technical plumbing is the easy bit, but with so many "standards" to choose from it is the semantic integration (the integration of meaning) that is difficult. Extending your Hi-Fi analogy to the world of digital media, we could view the standards as Codecs. With so many codecs available, the Banking industry spends far too much time building transcoders.

    Turning back to Hi-Fi, my perfect system is made up from separates, but they are (mostly) made by the same manufacturer. The challenge I face is how to get there. I can not afford to replace everything at once, I certainly do not want to risk being without my music if something does not work, and the upheaval caused by replacing everything at the same time is not something I want to go through. I want to evolve my current system, renewing it incrementally. I will buy my components one at at time, making sure that they "fit in" with what I already have, and retiring the old pieces at a pace that suites me and my budget. So I need a suite solution that works equally well in component form.

    My "perfect" system:

    Leema Altair Left & Right speaker mono blocks
    Leema Andromeda Network Media Streamer

    And my one indulgence? As with banking systems, there will always be a niche vendor who has a component that is very special. My speakers will of course be the mighty Kef Muons.

    Where will I find such a system? Certainly not from one of the "High Street" stores. I want to work with a supplier that has been around for some time, someone who knows their stuff and has a track record that spans several decades - in the Hi-Fi space I need look no further than Sevenoaks Sound & Vision. I guess the same is true of Banking solutions - pick a vendor that has a long track record and understands banking.