Sunday, September 24, 2006
Hugo Chavez, Please Read My Book
Dear President Chavez,
About a year ago my co-author Tim McGrath and I published a book titled Document Engineering: Analyzing and Designing Documents for Business Informatics and Web Services that we think you would enjoy reading. Like you, we disagree with many of the traditional views held by capitalists about how businesses are designed and operated and we criticize them for their reactionary reluctance to adopt XML and service-oriented architectures. And like you, we disagree with the Bush administration’s approach for how to get people to adopt your ideas – trust us, we will never invade any country or drop bombs on them to impose the Document Engineering approach.
Unlike your approach, the solutions we propose are not political. Our suggestions in our book are primarily conceptual and methodological. But as we propose new ways to think about how firms can work together to automate processes and services to create new value and efficiencies, we would certainly hope that many of these benefits would flow to ordinary people and not to just the greedy capitalists whose firms adopt our methods.
You surely admire Karl Marx for his insights and visions about economic behavior and no doubt recommend his Manifesto. We think you should know that another famous economic thinker, Hal Varian, describes our book as a "MANIFESTO for the document engineering REVOLUTION" in a "blurb" that appears on the book jacket.
So we are sending you a copy of the book. Let us know the next time you come to the United States (or to Australia) so we can show you around and tell you more about our book.