VLE integration - what's it worth?
We're thinking of shifting VLEs ... no, this isn't going to be another "Which VLE is best?" thread. A fair number of VLE providers and content providers are saying we should worry about whether such-and-such a product should offer VLE integration. (I mean products like Iamlearning or Manga High or BrainPOP.)
These parties may just possibly have a vested interest in saying so, so my question is: what benefits does VLE integration actually bring? If there's more products that can be integrated with (say) Frog than OpenHIVE, is that (other considerations apart) a strong or a weak reason for going with Frog? If we go with OpenHIVE, and then see a product that offers integration with other VLEs but not OpenHIVE, what functionality would we have missed out on and would this be a major issue or just a mild annoyance?