The clamor for more "openness" in computer systems has been heard by the vendor community, say participants in SN's Executive Roundtable. Retailers look forward to having open systems with communications standards that will allow them to mix and match hardware to meet their particular retailing needs. ls of an organization easier, but it also raises questions about system reliability and the costs of maintaining computer networks. SN: How would you rate the "openness" of systems available ...

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