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Platform Revolution And Digital Transformation: Don’t Become The Next Unicorn

Uber. Airbnb. Facebook. It seems that every Silicon Valley conversation, every software pitch deck, every article on digital transformation must mention these unicorns. Pioneers of the Networked Digital Era. Or maybe The Sharing Economy. Or perhaps, The Platform Revolution.

Becoming a unicorn: rarely a practical business goal.

Becoming a unicorn: rarely a practical business goal.

The latter phrase is the title of the latest book by Marshall W. Van Alstyne, Professor at Boston University Questrom School of Business, and his coauthors Sangeet Paul Choudary and Geoffrey G. Parker.

Van Alstyne discussed the Platform Revolution at his recent keynote at the Appian World conference in San Francisco. “Platforms are overtaking energy and banking on the Fortune 500,” Van Alstyne said. “13 of the top 30 brands have ecosystems.”

Van Alstyne contrasted traditional, value chain-based businesses who build economies of scale as they grow, with platform-based businesses who leverage network effects to dominate their industries by building ecosystems of buyers and sellers.

In addition, for every platform pure play like the aforementioned Ubers of the world, Van Alstyne called out traditional enterprises like General Electric as well as hybrid companies like Apple and Samsung, who combine value chain-centric business models (selling smartphones, for example) with broad ecosystems that leverage software-based platforms (like Apple’s App Store, as well as its diverse developer community).

Read the entire article at https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbloomberg/2017/04/09/platform-revolution-and-digital-transformation-dont-become-the-next-unicorn/.

Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, Appian is an Intellyx customer. None of the other organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. Appian covered Jason Bloomberg’s travel expenses to Appian World, a standard industry practice. Image credit: Tomais Ashdene.

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Jason Bloomberg is a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting), and several software and web development positions.