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Profound change

New digital platforms enable the business models and ecosystems that are driving profound global macroeconomic change, and whole new ways to create value.


New digital platforms enable the business models and ecosystems that are driving profound global macroeconomic change, and whole new ways to create value. Participating successfully in this new platform economy creates entire ecosystems that help organizations to grow and drive their strategies forward. Accenture and SAP are combining forces to get the benefits of digital platforms to organizations quicker than ever before.

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Transformational potential

Business leaders recognize the transformational potential of digital platforms. For example, in Accenture’s Technology Vision 2016 survey,

40 percent of executives believe that adopting a platform-based business model and engaging in ecosystems of digital partners are very critical to their business success.

Furthermore, 82 percent believe platforms will be the "glue" that brings organizations together in the digital economy.

Journey to the platform economy

How can organizations begin their journey to the platform economy?

Whether an organization "owns" a platform ecosystem or is plugging into another’s, what matters is having a platform strategy and the business know-how to exploit it.

Next is the need to accelerate uptake of digital technologies, agile development approaches and cloud foundations as a crucial step for breaking into the platform world. We call this rotating to the "New" to become a high velocity enterprise.

There are three fundamental steps to getting started:

  1. Develop a perspective and analysis of the digital transformation disrupting their industry.

  2. Identify the areas of greatest value in their industry and align them to the organization’s specific business imperatives.

  3. Create a tailored digital transformation strategy and roadmap.

Enabling the platform economy

Accenture and SAP are helping organizations participate in the platform economy by building on their investments in enterprise assets, embracing innovative digital services and using SAP and ecosystem technologies and solutions such as SAP S/4HANA, SAP Cloud, IoT, big data, and analytics to capture new value at speed.

This is the driver behind SAP’s evolution to hyper-scale, public, private and hybrid cloud. SAP S/4HANA and the HANA Cloud Platform provides the foundation for the transformations that organizations are now making. And Accenture’s industry-specific digital roadmaps guide the co-development of new industry solutions that open out the possibilities of the platform economy for every sector.


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