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Business users spend a great deal of money on new software systems. For this they demand faithful implementation of their project objectives. And they expect enough visibility into an application to verify that their goals have been implemented. This visibility also ensures that changes can be identified to satisfy new business goals. One approach to meeting these objectives is the use of a formal specification language. The intent is that the increased formality in the specification will lead to an implementation closer to the goals of the business. Formal specification approaches include algebraic languages such as Z and diagrammatic languages such as UML. While many such languages have been developed, few can serve as a bridge between business users and software developers. This is due primarily to the large gap between domain concepts and software design tools.... (more)

XML and Personalized Financial Plans

The publishing industry has long used markup languages in the production of publications to a general readership. Now XML greatly facilitates the design of publishing systems whose capabilities include not only control of formatting, but also control of content selection according to the needs of the individual reader. Customers of financial services firms don't need to settle for advice written to a general readership; they can receive plans so personalized and uniquely suited to them that they'll feel a team of experts conferred regarding their situations and wrote specific, 2... (more)