Snowflake, Confluent and 4 Types of Coordination Platforms (Asia Tech Strategy – Podcast 112)

This week’s podcast is about Snowflake and Confluent. But the main topic is how to think about coordination, collaboration and standardization (CCS) platform business models. And the 4 types of these platforms.

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I’ve now started breaking this into 4 sub-types of CCS platforms. They are:

  1. Communication. Zoom, Slack, etc.
  2. Data Intelligence. Snowflake and Confluent.
  3. Team Projects. Manual and complicated projects like architecture, media creation, software development.
  4. Operational Automation.

My explanation for Snowflake’s core platform.


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From the Concept Library, concepts for this article are:

  • Hierarchies of Control
  • Coordination, Collaboration and Standardization (CCS) Platforms
  • Enterprise B2B

From the Company Library, companies for this article are:

  • Snowflake
  • Confluent

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