“I do not think that means what you think it means”: Finovate 2010, day 1

While taking copious, perhaps excessive, notes on each presenter at the Finovate Fall 2010 conference today I noticed a trend.

A trend that, frankly, I found somewhat disturbing.

Between the time I started counting (mid-point of the first of twenty-eight, rapid-fire 7 minute demos) and the end of the demonstrations there was a word that was repeated…perhaps to excess.

That word is “Platform”.

I, freely, acknowledge bias. I am, after all, a Platform Evangelist.

In the 57 uses of the word “Platform” only a handful (perhaps two handfuls) would I deem as appropriate.

The term has implications.
Technology implications.
Business model implications.

Without ranting to excess, let me postulate the following:

If you use the term “Platform”, and you don’t provide an API, it is time to consider why you chose the term for your marketing copy.

October 4, 2010

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