Open Platform 3.0TM


This White Paper, available at: includes an Introduction, and initial versions of some of the material that may eventually be published in the Open Platform 3.0 standard:

  • A statement of Need, Objectives, and Principles

  • Key Terms

  • A list of Stakeholders and their Concerns

  • An Analysis of an Initial Set of Business Use-Cases

The statement of the purpose, need, principles, and objectives, and the list of stakeholders and their concerns, build on work done for the Open Platform 3.0 Business Scenario, which was published in October 2013.

The use-case analysis identifies an initial set of basic models. It considers business use-cases that have been developed by the Open Platform 3.0 Forum and are published as The Open Group White Paper: Nexus of Forces in Action. There are a number of technology patterns that occur repeatedly in these use-cases. The models are defined by recognizing and describing these patterns.

The key terms that are defined are those that appear as particularly important in the Business Scenario and the analysis of the use-cases. 

The Open Group Cloud Ecosystem Reference Model 


This Open Group Standard is available at: Enterprises are under increasing pressure to deliver greater business agility. Cloud solutions are rapidly and efficiently evolving to reach this end and at reduced overall costs. In order to deliver the agility and cost savings envisioned, an Enterprise Architecture of an enterprise’s Cloud Ecosystem must be developed. This will allow rapid cloud solutions development and enhancement opportunities.

The Cloud Ecosystem of an enterprise provides critical and essential enabling capabilities to meet the demand for greater flexibility in delivering cloud business solutions. Approaching the Cloud Ecosystem within the context of an Enterprise’s Architecture will provide the necessary alignment with the enterprise’s strategic vision, goals, and objectives.

This standard is structured as follows:

  • Chapter 1 (Introduction) is an introduction to this standard.

  • Chapter 2 (Definitions) defines the general terms used.

  • Chapter 3 (The Cloud Ecosystem Reference Model) defines the Cloud Ecosystem Reference Model. The Reference Model describes major actors and their inter- relationships, taxonomy, and architecture principles, and highlights a minimum set of Architecture Building Blocks (ABBs) to be realized and facilitated by at least one of the new or existing participants of an enterprise Cloud Ecosystem.

  • Chapter 4 (Architectural Considerations for an Enterprise Cloud Ecosystem (Informative)) describes all the significant concepts in development, management, and governance of an enterprise Cloud Ecosystem.

  • Chapter 5 (Using the Cloud Ecosystem Reference Model with the TOGAF Standard (Informative)) provides the informative case study of the “CloudEcoSource” organization to develop an Enterprise Architecture for the Cloud Ecosystem with the Cloud Ecosystem Reference Model.

Business Scenario: Open Platform 3.0TM 


The convergence and mutual reinforcement of technical phenomena such as social media, mobility, cloud computing, big data analysis, and the Internet of things is predicted to drive growth in spending on Information Technology (IT) in the years through to 2020. Enterprises will use these technologies in new business models, but they are disruptive of established IT practices.

The Open Platform 3.0TM Forum has been established to help enterprises to use these technologies, by identifying a set of new platform capabilities, and architecting and standardizing an IT platform by which enterprises can reap their business benefits. This will advance The Open Group vision of Boundaryless Information FlowTM.

A standard platform will enable users to use the combination of these technologies effectively and at low cost, and will give vendors a worthwhile market. It is, however, not clear what form that platform should take. It is the purpose of this Business Scenario, available at: , to develop an understanding of the business and technical environment, and describe the fundamental requirements of the new platform. It does this by following the Business Scenario approach described in the TOGAF®

Standard [TOGAF].

The platform should enable enterprises to create, evolve, adopt, and use solutions based on current and future emerging technologies to achieve business value. It should do this in a business environment in which end users access the technologies directly and develop innovative business solutions.

Following discussion of the business and technical environment, and of the human and technology actors involved, the Business Scenario states an initial set of requirements for the platform. There will be other requirements input, and the set of requirements will evolve as the platform develops.

The Open Platform 3.0 Forum will proceed to define the platform to satisfy the requirements as they evolve.