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San Diego 2018: Proceedings - Open Platform 3.0 Forum

Open Platform 3.0™ Forum

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Objective of Meeting

To establish a new, dynamic vision for the future of the Open Platform 3.0 Forum.


This meeting was the first of a new era for the Open Platform 3.0 Forum, introducing a new Director, and a new Chair, in the persons of Dr. Michelle Supper (The Open Group) and Michael Flores (from IBM).

The agenda was designed to take the members on a journey; to discover what worked well in the past so that we can carry it forward, and also, what could be done better. Stuart Boardman, the past-Chair, kicked off proceedings by presenting the results of an inquiry that he conducted last year into the workings of the Forum. We discussed the strengths and weaknesses that he identified, and determined how we might improve operations in the future.

The Security Forum joined our meeting for a couple of hours at our invitation, to discuss potential areas in which we could collaborate. Focussing on the theme of security concerns for the Internet of Things (IoT), our wide-ranging conversation touched on topics including the operation and ethics of autonomous vehicles, smart metering of household utilities, and the failure of early smart city projects due to the lack of consideration for human psychology. Together, we decided that a risk-based approach would be useful; considering the risks posed by aspects of the IoT, and using this to characterize and prioritize our approach to security for the IoT. We compiled a list of eight IoT-Security areas that we should consider together, and resolved to meet again at future events as a joint Forum to address these common issues.

In the afternoon session, we heard a presentation by Michael Flores on The Rise of the 3rd Platform, providing an excellent summary of the current state of the Open Platform 3.0 technologies in the wider world. Michelle Supper also presented the first draft of an ArchiMate® model that is being constructed to help us to understand the structure and existing products of the Open Platform 3.0 Forum. These provided context for the next part of our discussions in which we defined the scope of Open Platform 3.0.

Using the Business Model Canvas technique, we conducted a workshop to determine the key value propositions of the Open Platform 3.0 Forum. This way of thinking helped us to ground our thoughts, and revealed a set of required supporting activities and resources that many in the room were not expecting, and lists of key partners and customers for our work, which will help us to formulate, pitch, and market our work more successfully.

In this newly motivated frame of mind, we considered how we could reframe and communicate our work in a way that is more relevant and directly useful to the parties who we hope will adopt the standards and other ideas that we generate.


  • An understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the Forum, and a plan and determination to improve the future operations of the Forum
  • Business model canvases, providing a clearer idea of the value propositions, partners, and customers of the Open Platform 3.0 Forum
  • Renewed partnership with the Security Forum

Next Steps

The Forum is now moving with a renewed sense of purpose:

  • Members are looking at pieces work which were partially completed, to see if they can get them over the finish line
  • We are going to discuss with the Web and Marketing Teams how we can improve our communication and marketing strategies
  • We have renewed our ties with the Security Forum, and hope to work together in the future on the security challenges facing the IoT
  • We are preparing materials for hackathon-style events to promote our standards to the developer community and to wider industry