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Gaining Competitive Advantage in the Education Ecosystem Requires Going Beyond Mere Infrastructure to Exostructure

Published: 24 June 2013

ID: G00251105

Analyst(s): Jan-Martin Lowendahl


In an increasingly networked world, competitive advantage depends on speedy leverage of external services. An "institutional" shift of mindset from infrastructure and endostructure to suprastructure and exostructure is key.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges
  • A New, Substantially Higher Level of Interoperability Is the Key for Leveraging the Full Potential of the Education Ecosystem
  • Achieving an Interoperability Mindset Change Requires "Many Words for Snow"
    • Infrastructure
    • Suprastructure
    • Endostructure
    • Exostructure


  • Execute the Exostructure Strategy Through the Use of Portfolios of Standards
  • Focus on Leveraging "Each Other's Strengths" and Begin With Using Trusted Cloud Brokers
  • Focus on Your Capability to Change by Defining Services

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