Building B2B Cloud Platforms

What are B2B Cloud Platforms?

Also known as networks and marketplaces, B2B cloud platforms are multi-sided software applications that bring together buyers, sellers, and intermediaries to facilitate commerce.

What are B2B  Cloud Platforms?

Why Platforms versus Applications?

B2B Networks and platforms enjoy several benefits relative to traditional SaaS applications.

Why Platforms versus Applications?

B2B Cloud Platform Examples

B2B Cloud Platforms are found across industries and nine different value propositions. Public company examples include:

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in Payments

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in Logistics

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in Property Management

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in Auto Retailing

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in Clinical Trials

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in hotel-based meetings

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in Global Trade Management

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in Electronics Commerce

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Why Software Platform Consulting Inc.?

SPCI has experience helping build successful B2B platforms and networks across industries. Based on real, practical experience gained over the last 20 years, as well as the latest research on multi-sided markets, SPCI can help you navigate your way to a dominant position within your industry.

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  Four years ago, Marc Andreesen famously penned a column in the Wall Street Journal entitled “Why Software is Eating The World“.  Today’s Wall Street Journal  has an article on the increasing tendency for software to be eating our food.  It’s a topic I’ve written about before here. The article shows us that even in…

Competitor Nicknames

Over thirty years ago, working at The Boston Consulting Group taught me that one of the best ways to think about a business or market is as a competitive game. Thinking this way means understanding the “rules of the game” (economics) and understanding the competitors, complementors, etc.  (This was before “game theory” had entered the business…

Alibaba’s Take Rate

The week before last, I blogged about the “take rates” associated with various B2B Commerce Platforms. The two key points were that take rates: depend on the services that the marketplaces offer marketplaces that connect buyers and suppliers who were previously unknown to each other can “take” 1-10%–the low-end of the range being for goods and the…

A Monster Week For Enterprise and Supply Chain Software

It’s been quite a week in the supply chain software market with buyouts, new rounds, and interesting business expansions.  In no particular order: Infor buys GT Nexus for $675 million.  Application buys a platform. Link Envestnet buys Yodlee for $590 million.  Another application buys a platform. Link Tradeshift buys Merchantry for $30 million.  Platform buys application…

My Five Most Popular Posts of 2015

I reviewed my five most popular posts of 2015 to date to see what I could learn, as well as to easily recycle some old content!  (Ahh, the dog days of Summer!) I learned a little about blogging and a lot about human nature. The Top Five Posts Here are the top five posts as well as my…

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