The report follows and expands on some of the key elements that were analysed in the previous report ‘Monitoring B2B Industrial Digital Platforms in Europe’1, which investigated the status of B2B industrial digital platforms and underlined their relevance in fostering the process of digital transformation across industries, as well as their role as a fundamental enabler of the data economy in Europe and beyond.
More specifically, the previous report pointed to the central role of digital platforms and of B2B industrial digital platforms in particular, in bringing about a composite business ecosystem that is conducive of innovative products, solutions and business processes. It also emphasised how an ever-increasing number of leading organisations in Europe across all industry sectors is shifting to ’platform thinking’ with remarkable impacts on their business models and technology architecture. It further found that the supply-side of the European B2B platform market is fragmented and that, in contrast, the demand for B2B industrial digital platforms is quite solid with a vast majority of European companies perceiving
clear advantages in the adoption of B2B platforms, such as the potential to access significantly larger markets and increase revenues as a result.

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