Gartner Research

Integrated Platforms and Ecosystems

Published: 14 February 2013

ID: G00247456

Analyst(s): Brian Prentice , George J. Weiss, David Cearley

Summary

Providers increasingly promote tightly integrated systems and managed ecosystems to simplify the IT environment. Enterprises must balance these approaches with techniques to minimize vendor lock in.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • The rise of integrated systems promises cost and agility performance, but IT departments must ensure interoperability to achieve these goals
  • Complexity in consuming multiple cloud services leads enterprises to use cloud brokerage and marketplace to simplify consuming, integrating, managing and governing cloud services
  • As key providers work to deliver an end-to-end mobile experience, enterprises should look beyond devices to evaluate integrated ecosystems spanning devices and peripherals

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