IDC launches third-platform maturity model

Tech research firm introduces MaturityScape to form blueprint for enterprise development

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IDC launches third-platform maturity model
By  Stephen McBride Published  April 28, 2014

Technology industry research company International Data Corporation (IDC) today announced an inaugural report intended to serve as a blueprint for third-platform compliance.

The “IDC MaturityScape: Enterprise IT Transformation Maturity Model” document is released as an increasing number of technology forums choose to put the third platform front and centre. The platform encompasses a group of four broad areas considered as natural bedfellows in today’s enterprise-level technology frameworks: Social media, mobile, big data analytics and cloud. IDC describes second-platform organisations as those running infrastructures that are “cost- effective, reliable operations to keep the business running”, while referring to the third platform as a means to gain “competitive advantage”.

Revealed at the IDG Enterprise annual CITE Conference in San Francisco, the IDC MaturityScape identifies the stages, dimensions, outcomes and actions required for IT executives to integrate their IT strategies with those of the business. It also serves as a guide to direct CIOs and other technology leaders toward the specific areas of IT maturity that may need to be improved upon within their organisations.

“The third platform is a business platform, defined by creative and innovative uses that businesses are finding for mobility, social systems, cloud services, big data and analytics," said Joseph Pucciarelli, IDC vice president and IT executive advisor. 

“CIOs, burdened by the constant requirement to satisfy short-term business goals, will continue to need help in making sense of the longer term impact of the third platform on IT management and its ability to serve enterprise strategic plans.”

IDC anticipates that by 2016, the role of the CIO will be dominated by helping the enterprise fit the separate pieces of the third platform together and make productive, business-oriented use out of the resultant architecture.

The MaturityScapes model helps to develop an adoption path for aligning IT to third platform initiatives and is focused on: capability assessment; communication between the IT function and line-of-business executives on third-platform strategy; and the establishment of standards for improving IT strategy, planning and services

“Singly, each area of third platform technology represents opportunities for the business, but the additive effects of combining social-mobile-big data analytics, for example, present innovative opportunities to rethink how businesses operate at a fundamental level,” Pucciarelli expained. “Companies that cannot develop at their proper level of technology maturity will face powerful competitive headwinds.”

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