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Best Practices for Modeling Business Ecosystems

Published: 11 July 2017

ID: G00331898

Analyst(s): Marcus Blosch , Betsy Burton


Business ecosystems form the core of many of the most successful business models. Being able to model and analyze business ecosystems is crucial. EA and technology innovation leaders can use these seven best practices to develop their business ecosystem models and build a world-class EA capability.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Define Your Business Outcome to Scope the Business Ecosystem
  • Bring Together Diverse Perspectives to Help With the Modeling
  • Identify the Actors in Your Problem Space
  • Identify the Relationships Between Actors
  • Look for Key Elements Within the Ecosystem
  • Iterate, and Keep Evolving Your Insights
  • Link Business Ecosystems With Digital Innovation to Avoid the "Cobra Effect"

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