I whish them good luck if they want to develop an open platform VMS like Genetec and Milestone...they will waste years and money to do so where others will improve their SW at the same time. Is there any sense to "reinvent" the wheel ? They should go OEM...it will be easier, faster and cheaper.
I think they should be doing both. A massive problem with Vicon is that they don't integrate with anything or anyone. They desperately need to open up. Avigilon had to do this also because in the beginning they got hammered as a "Proprietary" company and went to great lengths to combat this messaging.
Vicon needs to do the same. I don't think opening up their platform has anything to do with them continuing to package sell their platform. They can certainly continue to do so, and should- just like Avigilon does. But not jumping on the "open platform" messaging will ultimately kill them IMO.
Whether it will work or not I don't know, I have a feeling it will be tough going.
Being open is the way forward though. All the people I talk to ask about openness and camera support on VMSes and new products. In years to come I imagine most platforms to be open. Business is slowing down and those that innovate and change will remain.
The amount of products on Distributor and Integrator portfolios would suggest they support this as well. It's less risky to sell an open VMS with camera A than VMS Z with Camera Z. If camera A is deemed below requirement it's much easier to swap it as disti or integrator for camera B on an open VMS, thus retaining business with the end-user rather than sacrificing it to a competitor.
For the record, I have a big issue with distribution houses having too many brands in their portfolio. It becomes tedious to support, increasing overheads or lowering support quality while it also confuses the sales team and the customer because it often results in multiple quotes for the same project and the customer barely has a clue to the differences.