We need open data exchange protocols with closed data exchange transmissions
What we really need to get away from this and to allow businesses the flexibility they need – eliminating the lock-in – is industry to agree to use open data exchange protocols. The protocols themselves need to be open to allow cloud services in a well-designed system to be modular and subsitutable / pluggable. Unfortunately, this is something very few companies want to do: it means that their customers could switch to another provider more easily.
Perhaps it is time for competitors – particularly smaller field players – to start to work together, in the realization that redundency could actually be a selling point, as should one competitor's services fail, the customer is not left stranded without any business continuity backup plan?
GameSpy shutting down all hosted services
Potentially hundreds of online titles will stop working May 31 as tech outfit pulls the plug