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The Gartner Digital Ecosystem Framework: How to Describe Ecosystems in the Digital Age

Published: 09 January 2020

ID: G00402379

Analyst(s): Richard Hunter , Fabio Chesini , Hung LeHong


This research introduces a framework to document and analyze digital ecosystems. Executive leaders can use this framework to identify business opportunities and threats. Use the findings to determine the best strategy to achieve new value creation, delivery and capture.

Table Of Contents


  • Use the Analogy of a Business Model to Describe a Digital Ecosystem
  • Digital Ecosystem Framework
    • Organizing Principle
    • Participants
    • Shared Capabilities
    • Rules
    • Value Exchange
  • Understanding How the Elements Work Together
  • How to Use the Digital Ecosystem Framework

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