Microsoft’s 3 Big Upgrades to its 2 Big Platforms (2 of 2) (Tech Strategy – Daily Article)

If we look at Microsoft’s business lines, we can see 7-8 significant businesses. It’s a big company. But I think it’s mostly about 4 particularly dominant businesses. They are: Azure, which is part of a global cloud oligopoly (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud). Windows, which has long been a global operating system monopoly. Office, which is […]

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Microsoft’s Azure Strategy Is “Two Platforms Plus Infrastructure” (1 of 2) (Tech Strategy – Daily Article)

I’ve been looking a lot at Microsoft. It’s a really compelling digital business model. Like stunningly powerful. But it’s pretty confusing. Microsoft has an endless list of products and services. And so many user groups (consumers, enterprises, SMEs, developers, etc.). And, of course, so many types of revenue. For example, here are Microsoft’s major revenue […]

Why Most Incumbents Should Forget About Platforms and Build Consumption Ecosystems (Tech Strategy – Podcast 144)

This week’s podcast is Production and Consumption Ecosystems as digital business models. This thinking is mostly by Professor Mohan Subramaniam, who wrote the book The Future of Competitive Strategy: Unleashing the Power of Data and Digital Ecosystems. You can listen to this podcast here, which has the slides and graphics mentioned. Also available at iTunes and Google Podcasts. My […]

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9 Digital Business Models: An Intro to Consumption Ecosystems (2 of 2) (Tech Strategy – Daily Article)

In Part 1, I summarized my list of digital business model types. For Web2: Linear business models (i.e., pipelines) Production Ecosystems Consumption Ecosystems Company Ecosystems Platforms Pipeline plus Platform Business Model For Web3 (and Web1): Protocol networks (i.e., blockchains) as stand-alone businesses Platform-protocol hybrids Protocol ecosystems (i.e., building blocks) Which I showed in this graphic. […]

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Snowflake, Alibaba and My 3 Favorite Cloud Business Models (Tech Strategy – Podcast 141)

This week’s podcast is about cloud business models. It’s a complicated and evolving subject. But I am trying to identify good cloud business models that aren’t obvious (like AWS, Azure and Google Cloud). Alibaba Cloud and Snowflake are examples. You can listen to this podcast here, which has the slides and graphics mentioned. Also available […]

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Snowflake, Confluent and 4 Types of Coordination Platforms (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. You can listen to this podcast here or at iTunes and Google Podcasts. Here is my new book: Moats and Marathons (Part 1): How to Build […]

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