|There is a recognized convergence of technologies by industry analysts and practitioners creating the opportunity for a new federated architecture model. Gartner identified this as a ‘Nexus of Forces’, while IDC is calling it the 3rd Platform. At The Open Group, we are referring to the convergence as
Open Platform 3.0
What is Open Platform 3.0™?
The Open Group Open Platform 3.0 Forum focuses on new and emerging technology trends converging with each other and leading to new business models and system designs. These trends currently include:
- Social networks and social enterprise
- Big data analytics
- Cloud computing 
- The Internet of Things  (networked sensors and controls)
Other technologies may be taken on board as the Platform develops.
These convergent forces - united by the growing consumerization of technology and the resulting evolution in user behavior - offer the potential to create new business models and system designs. However, they also pose architectural issues and structural considerations that must be addressed for businesses to benefit.
The Open Group Open Platform 3.0™ Forum  will advance The Open Group vision of Boundaryless Information Flow™ by helping organizations take advantage of the convergence of these modern technologies.