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each track coordinates early implementation efforts and provides
feedback to the technical committee. The technical committee is
responsible for product development, which it then delivers to the
management committee for final approval. This organizational
structure isolates technical issues from management issues and
allows a better overall progression of product development. It also
isolates the board of directors from each project track.
The IITF is positioned to help OGC succeed by encouraging key
NII-building companies to participate in OGC's efforts. Clearly,
the technology policy mission of the IITF is perfectly aligned with
the mission of OGC. But OGC also offers the IITF a higher-level
benefit: the opportunity to observe and evaluate a state-of-the-art
consortium that may be the forerunner of tomorrow's technology
policy planning bodies. The continuing acceleration of
technological change forces a new, more anticipatory and proactive
approach to technology policy planning, an approach based on
community-wide discussion of objectives followed by development of
standards that channel vendors' efforts in agreed-upon
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