Platform business model picks up steam — what's the CIO role?
The platform business model, a rapidly growing economic force, requires a fresh take on how organizations build and manage IT architectures. Interviews with academics, consultants and technology executives reveal that platforms represent a sharp departure from traditional product-oriented businesses and, accordingly, call for new thinking about IT infrastructure. While experts advance various platform business model definitions, there's general agreement on the main ingredients: a focus on external communities, a set of ground rules for community participation and an infrastructure that lets participants easily plug into the platform.
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