"The Register" has an interesting article called Dumb customers and dumber software standards that I recommend reading.
It is about interoperability between companies and their software products and that much innovation could be gained on all sides should they aim to work closer together. A core sentence is
Customers should not be deterred from participating in standards groups for fear of giving away business plans or valuable competitive information, Snow added. [...] "We have stuff we do in the financial services business - I don't speak about that stuff at places like this or in standards organizations because there's a potential loss of competitive advantage. On the other hand, we have a lot of other stuff that isn't core to our business that we'd be better served to commodify [sic]," he said..
I definitely recommend having a look.