Open Platform 3.0


Open Platform 3.0 focuses on new and emerging technology trends converging with each other and leading to new business models and system designs. These trends currently include:

  • Mobility
  • Social networks and social enterprise
  • Big data analytics
  • Cloud computing
  • The Internet of Things (networked sensors and controls)

Other technologies may be taken on board as the Platform develops.

Open Platform 3.0 advances The Open Group vision of Boundaryless Information Flow by helping enterprises to use these technologies and reap their business benefits.

The Open Platform 3.0 Business Scenario describes the business and technical environment of Open Platform 3.0 and identifies the fundamental requirements for the platform.

The Open Public-Sector Data Business Scenario identifies requirements for standards and best practices for publication of public-sector information, which is a specific application area for the platform.

The Nexus of Forces in Action White Paper presents 22 business use-cases illustrating how the identified emerging technologies are and can be used in innovative business situations. Analysis of these use-cases is the basis of the definition of Open Platform 3.0.

The Open Platform 3.0 Snapshot is an interim description of the Platform that foreshadows the development of The Open Group Open Platform 3.0 standard. It is published to inform customers and suppliers of IT products and services, enterprise architects, and IT architects of current thinking and direction.

The Open Group has published a number of Standards and Guides, and also White Papers, on cloud computing. These are relevant to Open Platform 3.0.

All these documents, and other Open Group publications, are available for download in PDF form from The Open Group online bookstore.

If you have questions about or comments on any of these publications, or about any aspect of Open Platform 3.0, please send mail to




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