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Use Three Criteria to Evaluate Digital Commerce Cloud Strategies

Published: 14 June 2018

ID: G00356361

Analyst(s): Christina Klock


Virtually every digital commerce platform vendor has a cloud offering, but differences in cloud definitions make comparative assessments difficult. Application leaders need to use an objective framework to compare digital commerce options and to achieve the expected benefits of a cloud strategy.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Perform a Comparative Assessment of Commerce Platforms
    • The Rental Model: Software as a Service
    • The Ownership Model
  • Establish Consistent Expectations Among IT and Business Stakeholders
    • Digital Commerce Cloud Deployment Definitions
    • Span of Control Influences
    • Software Architecture Influences
  • Analyze Licensing and Payment Options
    • 1. Revenue Share
    • 2. Transaction-Based
    • 2. Flat Fee
    • 4. Perpetual License

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