How Can a Platform Benefit Your Business?
When choosing a platform for your niche (for example, ecommerce), it makes sense to look at the level and pace of innovation by the vendor of a particular software. It can be difficult for business people to get to the bottom of platform technologies through marketing gilding, but your CIO and other IT colleagues should be able to help.
Check how quickly you can launch a platform that fits the size of your company and your business processes. While there is a practice of rebuilding your company's processes for "innovative" software, this is only appropriate for the first phase of digitizing your business. You should not constantly rebuild your business to fit every new platform you think of buying (i.e., do not get into a constant replatforming scenario). This means your platform needs to be flexible and have a lot of room for future improvement.
The platform's clean architecture, modularity, and ability to form large components from smaller ones with a variety of reusability helps. Look at Virto Atomic Architecture™ as perhaps the only example on the market of such a logical coherent platform architecture. Learn more about this architecture in our article, Reusing and Recomposing as Key Benefits of Virto Atomic Architecture™.
An important factor in the longevity of a platform is regular and fast updates from the vendor. In a mature platform, updates accumulate not only the ideas of the vendor, but also the experience brought by partners based on client projects. At the same time, the update should not disrupt the work of customized modules, and its application should be simple, literally accomplished with a few clicks.
Software platforms are strategic tools for businesses, not mere architectural logics in software. An efficient platform prioritizes your business needs, so you don’t have to worry about architecture. You can focus on developing great business processes without getting overwhelmed by the technical implementation.
In fact, using a software platform brings tremendous benefits to client companies:
- Results in higher quality of software
- Increases productivity of employees
- Has fewer environmental issues
- Incorporates better testing, fewer bugs
- Heightens security of software
- Includes OOTB (out-of-the-box) settings
- Increases reliability
- Offers advantage of multiple options
- Uses best-available technologies
- Includes delivery innovations
- Optimizes business processes
- Incorporates case studies/best practices
- Reduces cost of ownership
- Realizes budget savings due to scale
- Eases cost management
- Offers more recruitment options
This list of benefits is not definitive or complete. Your business may also see additional advantages, such as increased business contacts at vendor events and communities, or an overall increase in corporate culture, etc.