Originally Posted by ixtab
PPS: If someone at Amazon reads this: I mean it. People enjoy open systems, developers and users alike. By trying to lock people in, you're only locking yourself out from opportunities.
You need a stronger argument than that to counter the two most common mindsets of the corporate mind:
1 - The "NIH syndrome" (Not Invented Here).
2 - The "VEPP syndrome" (Value Equals Price Paid).
And unfortunately, #1 is closer to being a personality disorder of the corporate mind, not subject to facts and/or logic rather than a logically arrived at business decision.
Lots of valuable examples and logical arguments can be made to counter #2, but that is hardly worth the effort until you can counter #1.
So as long as humans are running Amazon (and many, many other corporations) it will take someone who owns enough stock to make the humans in charge to change their ways.
(The corporate person responds best to financial force.)