What is a platform? It may be the most over-used and the least well defined term in the whole lexicon of the digital economy, but it’s also, in Outsell’s opinion, one of the most important.
Our report, Information Platforms: A Business Model Framework, examines the characteristics of platforms in the networked information universe and their critical role for all businesses. We examine and illustrate the different components of a modern information platform, examine different platform models — from the perspective of business outcomes rather than the technologies involved — and look at the capabilities and organizational structures required for success.
This report includes information gathered from a dozen analyst-led primary research interviews with CEOs pursuing different platform strategies. We also combined this with our ongoing research in the industry and our constant dialogue with hundreds of senior executives across all major sectors. We’ve synthesised these views with secondary research to reach our conclusions and recommendations.
To read more about the strategic choices CEOs and their teams must make in order to decide how best to position themselves and compete successfully in this environment, download our report today.
We completed a dozen analyst led primary research interviews with CEOs in a cross-section of information businesses pursuing
different platform strategies. We combined this with our ongoing research in the industry and our constant dialogue with hundreds
of senior executives across all major sectors, many whom are actively discussing this topic. Leaders also broached this topic at
Outsell’s Signature Event and Outsell Leadership Council meetings. We’ve synthesised these views with secondary research to reach our conclusions and recommendations.
Table of Contents
Why This Topic?
What Is a Platform
Other Key Attributes of Platform Business
From Products to Platform
Culture of Openness
Scale vs. Control
Figure 1. Essential Offerings and Key Attributes of Full Information Platform
Table 1. Platform Types and Characteristics
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