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Enter the ‘third platform,’ a big hairy term for cloudy, big data-ish IT

IDC recently issued a set of predictions for the year ahead, with the common thread is the rise of a “third platform,” what it calls an “emerging platform for growth and innovation built on the technology pillars of mobile computing, cloud services, big data and analytics, and social networking.”
That’s quite a big, hairy term to describe the convergence of the next-generation technologies and methodologies reshaping the organization. (And I mean the entire organization, not just IT departments.)
IDC analyst Frank Gens illustrates how the third platform — we’ll call it 3P — will reshape things over the next 12 months:

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