Nope, not the Open Source software movement this time, rather an "open up your sources to become better" angle to business.
As you know I was blown away by SAP's attitude (and the practical effort indeed, hey, they even organised and paid for my hotel and travel!) when I was at the SAP TechEd in Amsterdam a few weeks ago. I mean, I'm not even an analyst (like James), just a humble blogger with some software that - by some good stretch of imagination - could even be thinking of nibbling at their customers.
Still they had all doors wide open and I was able to discuss anything with anybody I met. That's for me the "future attitude now".
Kind of funny how it works - if they'd been closed and old-hat corporate cards-close-to-chest I would have applied the same attitude. But nope, SAP was completely transparent so I put no lid on when discussing how we (thingamy) radically approach some of the same enterprise issues, even in the same detail as they offered. Hopefully it was of some small value for some of the SAPpies I had the fortune to talk to, if not I owe them one :)
Indeed, I'm currently having a great ongoing conceptual discussion with a representative of another potential "competitor" - and lo and behold, more practical results and clarifications of my own thinking. But I'm sure that my input has at least some small interest to my friend over there, otherwise the discussion would peter out or what?
That's how "competition" should be - compete, work together, same diff - the end user gains.
Or put in other words, give and receive beats old hat secretive paranoia!