target audience: TECH BUYER  Publication date: Jun 2020 - Document type: Tech Buyer Presentation - Doc  Document number: # US46297720

Planning and Designing the Digital Platform — Future Enterprise Planning Guide

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This IDC Tech Buyer Presentation is part of IDC's Future Enterprise Planning Guide series. Each module delivers key overviews, targeted advice, and peer insights to guide users through key parts of the digital transformation (DX) process.

The platform is the new battleground for innovation as the industry rushes to enable its customers with a range of platforms. IDC believes that the decision to redefine the technology platform to support the digital ecosystem-driven business models of the future will be the most important action that the leaders will make in the next decade. Leaders must discover what their own platform should look like and ways to compete in the platform business economy.

A DX platform is vital future technology architecture to accelerate the pace of transformation and enable the rapid creation of externally facing digital products, services, and experiences. Organizations that can re-architect for scale using the DX platform approach will be the most likely to be transformed and emerge as a digital-native enterprise/future enterprise. The risk of not transforming in the digital era is to go out of business.

The COVID-19 crisis has already reinforced the importance of platforms with the goals to accelerate online business and collaboration. However, it also revealed the importance of designing and planning for resiliency.

This planning guide will help CIOs and IT leaders develop and define a platform business model that can sustain and scale businesses and operations for the digital future. The core concept of a platform business is an open architecture — plug-in infrastructure that matches producers and consumers, operating with an overarching governance structure. Learn the most common approaches and the key differences between traditional business models and platform business models and determine which platform category or categories are the most appropriate. You'll learn how to develop a data vision, plan your platform operations and governance and avoid "islands of innovation." This module includes best practices and peer advice to help you avoid pitfalls.


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