The FamilySearch Blog contains a short article by Thom Reed that points to a much longer article that explains why FamilySearch is working with commercial genealogy vendors to share data and other resources. Reed's article states, "This collaboration will carve centuries off the time needed to increase access to the world’s historical records, enabling millions more people to quickly discover, share, and preserve family memories for generations."
Every time FamilySearch has announced a new partnership with commercial vendors, including Ancestry.com, MyHeritage, BillionGraves, OCLC, DC Thomson Family History (findmypast.com) and others, a number of newsletter readers have questioned the wisdom of such agreements. These two new articles explain the reasoning behind the arrangements.
The summation appears to be a statement in the longer article:
"FamilySearch CEO, Dennis Brimhall, explains that joining forces with other organizations, where possible, brings significantly more financial investment and technological resources to the family history industry than the nonprofit community could provide on its own."
Another statement caught my eye:
“For the top countries with the highest online research demand, using our existing resources and volunteers, it will take up to 300 years to index the 5.3 billion records that we already have,” Brimhall noted. “That means you and me and the next 10 generations of our posterity would not live to personally benefit from them. And there are another 60 billion records that still need to be digitally preserved. We can do significantly better by working together with other organizations and as a community.”
In short, FamilySearch says that, without partnerships with other major organizations, the non-profit will not be able to finish its planned efforts until the year 2314. I'll point out that plan addresses only those records created BEFORE 2014, it does not address new records to be added in the next 300 years. I would think that any effort to shorten the predicted 300 years to something of one generation or less is a good thing.
You can read Thom Reed's introduction at https://familysearch.org/blog/en/familysearch-works-put-worlds-historical-records-online-generation/ and the longer FamilySearch Works to Put the World’s Historical Records Online in One Generation article at https://familysearch.org/node/2523.
You can also find a very interesting infographic that illustrates the problems and the planned solutions at https://familysearch.org/node/2520. A small version of the infographic is shown above but the full-sized version is available at https://familysearch.org/node/2520.