Software engineering leaders cannot buy a digital platform or build one without help.
"Unless a software engineering leader has previously established experience (or in-house talent) for building highly scalable, cloud-based systems, building a digital business technology platform (DBTP) may be the most challenging development effort they have ever undertaken. It requires new technologies and architectures, which in turn require new skills to apply. This isn’t just another software development project."
Software engineers leaders tasked to "make us more digital" struggle to get a clear vision of what sequence of capabilities they need to build over time.
Digital platforms will introduce new technologies and methods requiring skills that most leaders don't have on staff and can't hire in a competitive market.
The full digital vision will take years to fully realize requiring leaders to build it incrementally and carefully plan the steps to maximize early benefits.