Perceived standardization / differentiation

In a discussion on Yammer it seems that merely 30 years ago the vision was to have 30 engineers around the globe writing services that others would use. The concept might be working if you increase the number of engineers 10 to 100 fold. Most important however it seems that even though we discuss a lot on standardization, which would be the foundation for such a result, but we don’t realize that nowadays we are only able to achieve perceived standardization.
In our day to day software development we use all kinds of standards, patterns and our software will comply to all kinds of usability and accessibility guidelines. But when do you get to the point that there are so much standards and the standards are so overwhelming that even complying to them does not actually say anything. From my web-development work, would my work be better if my coding and output would be able to comply to more standards, or would I just be fooling myself? With so much standards, do we sell standardization or just the perception of standardization?
If the vision would come true that only a limited set of services would be used by anyone, could we satisfy the need for differentiation? Of course if you do the math and calculate the ways in which services can be combined you get millions of services. It doesn’t make sense for 80% of the combinations, but in general the pattern would work as it is already in place.
And by standardization would we complete with the ability to deliver differentiation or would we then only able to deliver perceived differentiation? And which one is economical more sensible? In a production line offering perceived differentiation seems to be the most sustainable one, but there is a leading trend towards customizations. Software development is shifting from large vendor stacks to mix and merge of best of breeds. Can we envision a standardization coming up on non standardizing? A standardization with the sole purpose to enables continuous change and differentiation?

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