The third platform can be described as the next phase of the IT revolution. The first platform was the mainframe computer, and the second was the personal computer. The third platform is IT that is built on mobile devices, cloud services, social networks and big data analytics. According to Adam Catbagan, Arrow Manager of Technical Services, “the third platform covers a lot of new ground, including mobility, cloud and how to handle all that data – and we are talking about a lot of data.”
So, what does third platform innovation mean?
IDC, who has conducted extensive research on third platform innovation, says the third platform is the new core of IT market growth, and we are in the innovation stage. They define third platform innovation as “an explosion of innovation and value creation on top of the third platform’s cloud, mobile, social and big data, and analytics foundation.” IDC also predicts that all enterprises’ new strategic IT investments through 2020 will be built on third platform technologies and solutions.
What is driving third platform innovation? IDC sees the following as the first wave of innovation accelerators that will depend on the third platform:
- Internet of Things
- Natural interfaces
- Cognitive systems
- 3D printing
- Next-generation security
Your business certainly will be changing as you adapt to these new technologies. And Arrow partners can benefit from Arrow’s third platform technologies to take advantage of lucrative opportunities in helping customers solve their business problems. Arrow’s offerings include:
- Cloud services: Arrow provides the consultation, design, hardware/software, support services and financing you need to promote a private cloud.
- Mobility: Arrow provides partnerships to power your success. Our established alliances and inside intelligence will help you develop, deploy and get immediate ROI.
- Big data: With today’s massive data growth, you will be pleased with the technical and intellectual resources that are available when you are an Arrow partner.
- Intelligent systems: Arrow brings you innovative thinking and interactive solutions that help to make intelligent systems even smarter and more cost-effective.
If you would like additional information about how Arrow can help you transition your business to the third platform, contact your Arrow representative.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.