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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. These trends currently include:

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

Other technologies may be taken on board as the work of the Forum develops.

These convergent forces - united by the growing consumerization of technology and the resulting evolution in user behavior - offer the potential to create new business models and system designs. However, they also pose architectural issues and structural considerations that must be addressed for businesses to benefit.

The Open Group Open Platform 3.0 Forum will advance The Open Group vision of Boundaryless Information Flow™ by helping organizations take advantage of the convergence of these modern technologies.

Technology Base Reference Models for Open Platform 3.0™
The objective of this Open Group Standard is to assist enterprise and IT architects by specifying basic architecture models in which platforms interact with each other and with other system components, and to assist digital platform vendors to produce interoperable platforms.

When developing a technology architecture – for example, in Phase D of the TOGAF Standard, an architecture team creates a description of the structure and interaction of platform services, and logical and physical technology components. Where the architecture uses digital technologies such as cloud computing, mobile computing, social computing, big data analysis, and the Internet of Things (IoT), the platform services are often implemented by products incorporating digital platforms that provide access to the technologies. Enterprises should be able to use the technologies in combination for complex business solutions. This requires interoperation between the digital platforms and the application components that use them.

The basic architecture models specified in this Open Group Standard show how digital platform and application components can interoperate. They can be used in Enterprise and IT Architectures, and will assist digital platform architects to create interoperable products.

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Open Platform 3.0 White Paper

This White Paper 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 on a set of new platform capabilities that will help enterprises to reap the business benefits of Cloud Computing, Big Data Analytics, Internet of Things, Social Networks, and Mobile Computing.


The Nexus of Forces in Action

Analysts forecast that the convergence and mutual reinforcement of technologies such as social, cloud, mobile, and big data will revolutionize business and society, disrupting old business models and creating new leaders. The Open Group shares this perspective and has established the Open Platform 3.0™ Forum to look at how these technologies can be used effectively and reliably both in combination (as a platform) and individually. This White Paper contains a set of use-cases, illustrating how these technologies are and can be used in innovative business situations. Analysis of these use-cases will be the basis of the definition of Open Platform 3.0, which will contribute to the realization of Boundaryless Information Flow™ by helping enterprises gain business benefit from emerging information technologies.