Platform Plays and Players
Platforms have been proliferating and it is not surprising that there are already signs we may be on the cusp of a shakeout.
Today’s platform players range from start-ups, like Bungee Labs, to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and cloud computing movement standard-bearers, Salesforce.com and Google with Force.com and Google App Engine respectively.
This has created a somewhat confusing array of players and platform alternatives which have been divided into various segments.
This week’s announcement about Salesforce.com’s new “Service Cloud” illustrates the way SaaS vendors are leveraging platforms to redefine their business in order to extend their market reach and strengthen their position in the marketplace.
SpringCM is heading down this same path with its new platform which enables independent developers and resellers to build applications or more easily integrate to SpringCM’s electronic content management (ECM) capabilities.
Platforms enable these vendors to convert their internal technologies into development and delivery mechanisms which can be … Read More »