Designing and Planning the Digital Platform

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Define and plan a "Digital Transformation platform" to sustain and scale business and operations -- one the most important decisions for the next decade.

The Platform Battleground

Understanding and building a "DX platform" that can sustain, advance, and scale business and operations may be the most important decision leaders make for the next 10 years. The platform is the new battleground for innovation, developers, and marketplaces as the industry rushes to enable its customers with a range of platforms. Leaders must discover what their own platform should look like and ways to compete in the platform business economy.

What: This module will help CIOs and IT leaders develop and define a platform business model. 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, 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.

Why: The risk of not transforming in the digital era is to go out of business. 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 decision that the CEO will make in the next decade. 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 rearchitect for scale using the DX platform approach will be the most likely to be transformed and emerge as a Digital Native Enterprise/Future Enterprise.

How: To undergo the development of a DX platform, take the following steps:

  • Define Your Platform Business Model
  • Plan Platform Operations
  • Integrate islands of innovation

Successful DX efforts have measurable, achievable and
supported goals, strategy and KPIs

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