About This Constellation ShortList™

A digital transformation target platform is an enterprise-class suite of technology capabilities that aims to provide the bulk of the needs for organizations that are reorganizing around strategic new digital products and services. With regards to functionality, such target platforms provide robust and mature primary technologies for the public cloud, including IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS, as well as secondary higher order cloud services, including support for digital business models such as e-commerce, subscriptions, and open APIs. In this way, digital transformation target platforms form a top-to-bottom digital business stack, along with a clear -- and perhaps most importantly -- a proven path from transformation to migration and operations.

This year, an additional criteria on delivering customer experience in the digital target platform was added to the Constellation ShortList to reflect the top priority that most CXOs have placed on modernizing and transforming their market-facing digital capabilities in 2018.

A digital transformation target platform distinguishes itself from a pure-play enterprise public cloud platform or a managed service provider by providing digital business transformation capabilities, such as industry accelerators, digital business reference models/blueprints, low code support, business models-in-a-box, design thinking, migration tools/services, and other means of enabling the digital transformation process from a combined technology and business perspective.

Digital transformation target platforms on this Constellation ShortList have global presence with regulatory compliance support across the majority of the developed world. They must also have the ability to support the scale and combined transformational/operational needs of enterprise organizations of the largest size and complexity. Finally, such platforms should have support for many of the key technologies likely to fuel business growth over the next 5-10 years, including such capabilities as next-gen mobility, advanced analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), cognitive technologies, blockchain, APIs/microservices, and natural language interfaces.

Threshold Criteria

Constellation considers the following criteria for these solutions, taking into account capabilities from stablethird-party marketplace providers if required:

  • Mature enterprise-class public cloud capabilities (e.g., IaaS, PaaS, SaaS)
  • Realizes digital business models, customer experience and operations 
  • Supports the digital transformation process directly in a meaningful way
  • Focuses on business outcomes as much as technology transformation 
  • Regularly incorporates contemporary emerging technologies
  • Tends to favor open source and open standards
  • Production scalable and secure on more than three continents
  • Supports global data protection standards
  • Vendor stability and industry staying power

The Constellation ShortList

Constellation evaluates over 30 solutions categorized in this market. This Constellation ShortList is determined by client inquiries, partner conversations, customer references, vendor selection projects, market share, and internal research.

  • Accenture Cloud Platform
  • Amazon Web Services
    • with Deloitte Cloud Platform
    • with Logicworks
    • with Accenture AWS Business Group
  • Google Cloud
    • with Accenture Cloud Services
  • IBM Cloud 
    • with IBM Cloud Garage
  • Microsoft Azure
    • with Logicworks
  • Oracle Cloud
    • with KPMG Powered Enterprise 
  • Outsystems Cloud Platform
  • SAP Cloud Platform
    • with SAP Leonardo
    • with Deloitte Cloud Platform
  • Salesforce Cloud Services
    • with Salesforce ITC

Frequency of Evaluation

Each Constellation ShortList evaluation will be updated every 180 days as needed.

Evaluation Services

Constellation clients may work with the analyst and research team to conduct a more thorough discussion of this ShortList. Constellation can also provide guidance in vendor selection and contract negotiation.

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