eBook Platform Ecosystems, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0124080545
  • ISBN-13: 9780124080546
  • DDC: 338.4
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 300 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released May 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013
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Platform Ecosystems is a hands-on guide that offers a complete roadmap for designing and orchestrating vibrant software platform ecosystems. Unlike software products that are managed, the evolution of ecosystems and their myriad participants must be orchestrated through a thoughtful alignment of architecture and governance.   Whether you are an IT professional or a general manager, you will benefit from this book because platform strategy here lies at the intersection of software architecture and business strategy. It offers actionable tools to develop your own platform strategy, backed by original research, tangible metrics, rich data, and cases. You will learn how architectural choices create organically-evolvable, vibrant ecosystems. You will also learn to apply state-of-the-art research in software engineering, strategy, and evolutionary biology to leverage ecosystem dynamics unique to platforms.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication Page.
Brief Contents.
1: The Rise of Platforms.
2: The Rise of Platform Ecosystems.
3: Core Concepts and Principles.
4: Why Platform Businesses Are Unlike Product or Service Businesses.
5: The Value Proposition of Platforms.
6: Architecture and Governance.
7: Platform Architecture.
8: Platform Governance.
9: Dynamics and Metrics of Ecosystem Evolution.
10: Metrics of Evolution.
11: Real Options Thinking In Ecosystem Evolution.
12: Modular Operators: Platform Ecosystems’ Evolutionary Baby Steps.
13: Orchestrating Evolution.
14: Evolving a Platform.
15: Evolving An App.
16: The Road Ahead.
17: Every Product is a Platform Waiting to Happen.
About the Author.