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Replatforming: Securing Board and Top Management Team Buy-In

In this audio version of the August 2022 research briefing, hear why effectively explaining replatforming to the board and top management team is a skill that leaders must develop.

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Enterprises today often replatform as part of their efforts to become Future Ready because the state of their existing systems, data, and processes hinders the organization’s ability to compete in the digital economy. In replatforming, an enterprise transitions legacy applications to cloud platforms and digitizes key components and capabilities. It’s critical that the enterprise’s board and top management team embrace replatforming for the effort to be successful; therefore, effectively explaining replatforming to these stakeholders is a skill that technology leaders, and eventually all leaders, must develop. This briefing describes the opportunities and risks of replatforming approaches and illustrates each approach graphically with a platform map.

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The August 2022 research briefing is read by co-author Stephanie Woerner.

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© 2022 MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research, Woerner, Reynolds, Harte, and Weill. MIT CISR Research Briefings are published monthly to update the center’s patrons and sponsors on current research projects.

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Peter Reynolds, EVP, Real Time Payments, MasterCard International and MIT CISR Industry Research Fellow

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Michael Harte, Research Partner, United Ventures and MIT CISR Industry Research Fellow

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Peter Weill, Chairman Emeritus and Senior Research Scientist, MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research (CISR)

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