I spent some time with a large software company last week. In the course of our conversation, it became clear that while open standards are great for facilitating cooperation between companies, open standards can also serve another purpose entirely: improving cooperation within a single company.
Granted, this is mostly a solution for big companies; small companies struggle less to make diverse product lines work together. Even so, it's interesting to think that some forward-thinking businesses sponsor open standards to help with internal problems, not industry interoperability.
Consider Oracle (not the company in question). After years of acquisitions, the company … Read more