Interoperability is the design of things to work together. The term implies compatibility and integration without any special customization effort. The following are common examples.
Client / ServerA web browser and a web page work together if they are based on the same standards.
Software ServicesSoftware services or components may be designed to share data or extend each others functionality. For example, a contact management app might integrate with a sales force automation tool to sync sales contacts.
DevicesA mouse plugs that into a laptop and starts working immediately.
MediaA music file that plays on a portable music player.
InfrastructureTwo models of network router that are able to exchange internet traffic at high speed.
EquipmentA fire hose adapter is compatible with a fire hydrant.
Power SupplyAll the electronics sold in a country plug into a standard power supply in that country.
File FormatsA camera and image editing software support the same image format.
FacilitiesAn aircraft is designed to work with airport facilities such as gates.
HealthcareA heart rate monitor integrates with a hospital's systems out of the box.
RailwaysRailways with conforming track and operational standards can share rail traffic.
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