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Market Insight: The Digital Business Redefines Application Software Ecosystems

Published: 05 January 2018

ID: G00336992

Analyst(s): Rajesh Kandaswamy , Alys Woodward , John Kostoulas , Steve Crawford , Robert Anderson , John Santoro


Digital business models and cloud technologies have evolved application software ecosystems beyond the traditional megavendor-led model. Technology business unit leaders at application software providers must leverage these emerging ecosystem types to sustain competitiveness.

Table Of Contents


  • Digitalization and the Pursuit of Innovation Require Stronger Focus on Ecosystems
  • Four Types of Application Software Ecosystems Emerge From the Cloud

Background and Context

The Impact

  • The Cloud Platform-Led Ecosystem
    • Example: Amazon Web Services
  • The Application Suite-Led Ecosystem
    • Example: SAP Cloud Platform
  • The Experience-Led Ecosystem
    • Example: SmartRecruiters
  • The Industry-Led Ecosystem
    • Example: Trade Finance Networks
  • Ecosystems' Evolution and Participation Is an Ever-Changing Game


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