The Digital Platform


These web pages contain publications related to the Digital Platform Interoperability standard being developed by The Open Group. They include Business Scenarios and White Papers describing context and requirements, and a Snapshot of the standard itself.

Open Platform 3.0™

The Open Group Open Platform 3.0™ Forum focuses on new and emerging technology trends converging with each other and leading to new business models and system designs. This advances The Open Group vision of Boundaryless Information Flow™ by helping enterprises to use these technologies and reap their business benefits.

The trends currently include:

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

Other technologies may be taken on board as they emerge.

The Interoperability Standard

A key part of the work is the definition of an interoperability standard for the digital platforms that enterprises use to access the technologies. This will help enterprises develop solutions that use multiple technologies and have components supplied by different vendors. The Forum is developing this standard, and is also developing standards and guidance material specific to individual technologies.

Digital Platform Publications

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 digital platform standard.

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 platforms that conform to the standard.

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 the Open Platform 3.0 standard.

The Open Platform 3.0 Snapshot is an interim description of digital platforms 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.

Further Information

The Open Group has published a number of Standards, Guides, and White Papers on the new digital technologies and other relevant topics, including cloud computing, the Internet of things, and semantic interoperability. See the Open Platform 3.0 Publications page for details. Other publications are in preparation.

All these documents, and other Open Group publications, are also 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 the Open Platform 3.0 standard for digital platforms, please email