What future platform capabilities would drive enterprises, build business ecosystems, and deliver value in the digital economy?

The Open Group (www.theopengroup.org) reports that there is a recognized convergence of technologies by industry analysts and practitioners creating the opportunity for a new federated architecture model. Gartner identified this as a ‘Nexus of Forces’, while IDC is calling it the 3rd Platform. At The Open Group, they are referring to the convergence as Open Platform 3.0™ What is Open Platform 3.0™? The Open Group Open Platform 3.0 Forum focuses on new and emerging technology trends converging with each other and leading to new business models and system designs.

These trends currently include: Social networks and social enterprise Mobility Analytics using Big Data. Cloud computing Often these are jointly referred to as SMAC. Then there is the ‘Internet of Things’ or  IoT or the networked sensors and controls and the related intelligence that make the products and services smarter. Much of this are triggering fundmental re-think in the way business works. Digital Disruptions and Tranformations are causing paradign shift in business models within and across business verticals.

There are many other technologies that may be converging as the ‘Platform’ develops. These convergent forces - united by the growing consumerization of technology and the resulting evolution in user behaviour (commonly referred to as Customer Experience or CX)  - offer the potential to create new business models and system designs. However, they also pose architectural issues and structural considerations that must be addressed for businesses to benefit. The Open Group Open Platform 3.0™ Forum will advance The Open Group vision of ‘Boundary-less Information Flow™’ by helping organizations take advantage of the convergence of these modern technologies and business models.

What platform capabilities should the Open Platform 3.0™ standard require to help enterprises work within and maintain business ecosystems, and deliver value in the digital economy? If you are not considering some of these questions or strategies for the future of your enterprise, it is time now. We call this 'Essential-Change' delivering value through appropriate Architecture, Design and Solutions with skills development, mentoring and consulting to build capabilities. 

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