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Re-Engineering Value on the Cloud: Moving From Solutions to Platforms to Ecosystems

Cloud Ecosystems

As businesses become more digital-first, the need for composable ecosystems increases. These ecosystems must deliver quality, cost, and value to help improve business velocity and productivity. Understanding the different types of ecosystems and how to leverage each ecosystem to achieve its business goals is a good place to start.

Digital transformation has quickly become a crucial part of business operations in the last few years. It is even more important now due to the pandemic and remote work, with organizations of all sizes needing to move operations to the cloud and adopt online productivity and collaboration services to survive.

Most businesses in 2023 have adopted e-commerce capabilities and gone at least partially remote, and this rapid progress is having significant impacts. Three phrases sum up the current aspirations of nearly every brand imaginable: value anywhere, connectivity-driven, and intelligence everywhere.

Business and technology leaders need to understand cloud ecosystems and how dynamic ecosystems can benefit operations. Cloud tech has opened new doors for companies by offering more profitable, sustainable, and efficient work processes. Re-engineering value on the cloud requires business and technology leaders to understand the move from solutions to platforms to ecosystems.

Strategies to Derive the Most Value From Ecosystems

A solid approach is crucial to getting the most value out of ecosystems. Here are a few tried-and-tested strategies that business leaders can adopt to gain the most benefits:

  1. Embrace Open Platforms:
    Business leaders are wise to adopt open platforms and APIs, which allow for easy integration of new technologies and services, and enable collaboration and innovation with external partners. By leveraging open platforms, businesses can take advantage of the latest capabilities and services and contribute back to the ecosystem by sharing their own data and capabilities.
  2. Build a Data-Driven Culture:
    Business leaders must prioritize the development of a data-driven culture within the organization. By leveraging advanced analytics and data-management tools, companies can extract insights from data and make data-driven decisions. This will help businesses to optimize their operations, anticipate future events and customer needs, and take stronger actions.
  3. Invest in Automation and Machine Learning:
    Business leaders can improve the efficiency and accuracy of their operations by employing automation and machine learning tools. Automation alleviates the need for humans to do mundane, repetitive tasks and helps reduce errors, while machine learning improves decision-making processes and gives companies a competitive advantage.

Evaluating Different Types of Cloud Ecosystems

As businesses become more digital-first, the need for composable ecosystems increases. These ecosystems must deliver quality, cost, and value to help improve business velocity and productivity. Understanding the different types of ecosystems and how to leverage each ecosystem to achieve its business goals is a good place to start.

Some ecosystems focus on community business, while others target the worldwide market. They are categorized based on purpose, structure, value creation, and success factors. Let’s look at the three most popular ecosystems and how they can benefit businesses.

Enterprise Ecosystems

These ecosystems refer to the network of organizations and individuals that interact and create value for one another within a specific industry or market. In an enterprise ecosystem, organizations work together to develop new products and services, improve processes and operations, and drive innovation.

Enterprise ecosystems often include technology providers (such as cloud providers, software vendors, and consulting firms) that offer solutions and services to help organizations leverage new technologies and improve their operations. Adapting an enterprise ecosystem can provide organizations with many benefits, such as increased efficiency, reduced costs, improved scalability and agility, and access to new technologies.

Purpose-Built Ecosystems

A purpose-built ecosystem is a variety of technology and operational systems designed and optimized to meet the specific needs of a particular industry or company. The goal of a purpose-built ecosystem for a business is to improve efficiency, performance, and effectiveness while reducing costs and increasing scalability.

Specifically, designing and optimizing an ecosystem for a particular purpose can make performing tasks more efficient. This ecosystem can also be tailored to meet the task’s specific needs, considerably boosting performance. It’s also more scalable and can handle increasing amounts of data or users.

Community-Based Open Ecosystems

This type of ecosystem is where developers and other users share their experiences and data while leveraging existing information to discover new patterns and trends. It is an open ecosystem, allowing users to share data and make connections to gain insights.

Community-based open ecosystems offer several benefits to businesses, such as accessibility, cost-effectiveness, flexibility, and scalability. They typically make their services and knowledge accessible to anyone, promoting greater access to information and technology for all. They’re also cost-effective, as members can share resources and expertise, which reduces the costs associated with development and maintenance.

Evolution of Cloud Technology and Its Impact on Business Strategies

The evolution of e-commerce continues to become more composable, allowing new channels to be created. This will enable businesses to develop their own opinionated view of digital value chains in specific industries. In the freight industry, for example, old operational systems cannot cater to customer requirements, so modernizing existing platforms with cloud-based micro-services is one way to address this.

As ecosystems continue to evolve, businesses will enjoy access to a wider range of capabilities:

  • Advanced analytics and data-management tools that’ll allow businesses to extract insights from data and make data-driven decisions.
  • Automation and machine-learning tools that’ll enable businesses to automate repetitive tasks and improve the efficiency and accuracy of their operations.
  • Predictive and prescriptive analytics, which will enable businesses to anticipate and respond to future events and customer needs.
  • Advanced visualization and augmented-reality tools that’ll enable businesses to communicate data and information more clearly to customers and employees.
  • Advanced security and privacy tools, which will be essential for protecting sensitive data and maintaining the trust of customers and partners.

Overall, the evolution of ecosystems over the next few years will create new opportunities for businesses to innovate and gain a competitive advantage by leveraging the latest technologies and capabilities. To stay ahead of the curve, leaders must be aware of the latest cloud developments and be open to incorporating them into their strategies. Ultimately, moving from solutions to platforms to ecosystems is a gradual process that requires clients to evaluate their current solutions, define their vision and strategy, and identify the ecosystem that best suits their needs.


Written by Arun Melkote.
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Arun Melkote
Arun Melkote is CTO and Global Head for the Wipro FullStride Cloud business for AWS. He has more than two decades of Application Engineering & Modernisation experience in various leadership roles across Digital and Cloud, driving client and employee success.


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