Today, the sector includes hardware, software, the Internet, telephony, and content, application, and support service, provided by entities ranging from corporate giants to garage entrepreneurs to individual developers and open-source networks. Relevant content and applications are integral parts of the value proposition, and the "network effect" is crucial - technology only increases productivity when lots of people share access.
Platforms make building and scaling up simpler and cheaper. They allow both direct and indirect participation that strengthens the overall user experience, and in-turn enhances the platforms ability to capture, analyse, and exchange huge amounts of data. Modern platforms have the ability to process several different data sources, and cross-reference these in real time. Client and consumer gets the data they want, how they want it, when they want it.