The platform explosion: harness it or lose agility

Don’t let complexity kill responsiveness

Published November 2016

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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