The Third Platform

Regarding the IT evolution, three different eras (platforms) could be identified:

  1. The “first platform” was a world of mainframe computers and terminals with millions of users worldwide.
  2. The “second platform” consisted of the distributed computing represented by client-server model supported by PCs and servers that became connected through LANs and the internet, accompanied by tens of thousands of apps with hundreds of millions of users
  3. The “third platform” is a world of mobile devices and apps that includes mobile broadband, social business, cloud services, and big data and analytics. In it there are billions of users worldwide and millions of apps, services and an explosion of information, services, content, and experiences.

Although the forces of the “third platform” are innovative and disruptive on their own, together they are revolutionizing business and society, disrupting old business models and creating new leaders.

Analysts say that from 2013 through 2020, these technologies will drive around 90 percent of all the growth in the IT market, and companies that are not putting 80 percent or more of their competitive energy into this new market will be trapped in the legacy portion of the market, growing even slower than global GDP.

The combination of pervasive mobility, near-ubiquitous connectivity, industrial compute services, and information access decreases the gap between idea and action. To take advantage of this “third platform” and respond effectively, organizations must face the challenges of modernizing their systems, skills and mind-sets. Organizations that ignore it will be displaced by those that can move into the opportunity space more quickly — and the pace is accelerating.

Summing-up: The future lies in the cloud and mobile technology seems to be the best way to get there.

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