Trends Report

The Platform Explosion: Harness It Or Lose Agility

Job No. 1 For EA Pros: Don't Let Complexity Kill Responsiveness

March 30th, 2016
John Rymer, null
John Rymer
With contributors:
Cheryl McKinnon , Ted Schadler , Rusty Warner , Elizabeth Cullen , Holger Kisker, Ph.D. , Duncan Jones , Tim Sheedy , Jennifer Belissent, PhD


The neat boundary between platforms and applications is gone, resulting in a spike in the number of software platforms in the average enterprise. Vendors of all types — SaaS providers, systems integrators, cloud services specialists, ISVs — now describe their wares as platforms. Only some are worthy of strategic investment; others aren't platforms at all. This report helps enterprise architects navigate the mushrooming software platform market to create a portfolio plan that seizes the opportunity platforms present without killing responsiveness.

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