Recently I happened to find an interesting post how LongJump proudly joins the Open Cloud Manifesto. In few words they try to define vendor-neutral interoperability standards for cloud based platforms. You may check out the details here.
It sounds like a good idea, the thing is if it will be implemented..
Well, personally I can hardly believe one will witness the success of this affair in the nearest future. To my opinion more realistic scenario of further developments would be the appearance of undoubted leader of this market. What would that mean for all market players? Actually, it will be critical for any vendor to have such functionality that enables easy migration, integration or import/export to the leading system on the market.
Let’s take a look at desktop software that exists for years. I can’t even picture anyone makes an attempt to create a spreadsheet that doesn’t read and write files in MS Excel format. Even Excel web clones, such as Google Spreadsheets or Zoho Sheet and almost all other web based databases are capable of reading and writing of Excel files.
Was there any need in manifesto for this? I think NO.
They had no other choice. As simple as that.