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Business ecosystem

By definition, by bringing together actors from different sides, platforms are defined by their stakeholders. There are core stakeholders (target customers, core suppliers, value chain partners), but it should not be forgotten that there are also actors with an indirect or external interest in the activities in the platform (competitors, existing customers not addressed through the platform). A platform also defines the relationship with and the channels with the different user groups.

Which are the target groups? Which new markets and users will be connected?

Interactions with other (commercial) digital platforms indicate how developed solutions are interoperable with legacy systems or how future interaction with other solutions is anticipated.

Other eco-system aspects can be:

  • What are the value chain implications?
  • Is the network open or closed? Is there an intention to expand?
  • Is it a vertical, sectorial platform or a cross-cutting, horizontal platform?
  • How are the relationships defined?