Data MAPs: On-Platform Organisations

107 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2022 Last revised: 28 Oct 2022

Date Written: September 29, 2022


The natural alignment between business and architecture within big techs has boosted their transformation (crucially, upon API-fication and synergies exploitation) compared to that in the rest of organisations. The efficiency gap is so large that even the latter fear the irruption of big techs in their own arenas. Nevertheless, organisations have lately lost control of their architectures. They have become a mix of services offered by big techs and orchestrated by external consultants. Such a dynamic has naturally led to a large convergence between architectures across industries in spite of their idiosyncratic differences. Hence, there is room for improvement through a transformation governance that optimally weighs both microeconomics and microservices. As neither of the fields is easy to master, such an improvement remains a greenfield. This paper proposes a novel data architecture paradigm, Data MAPs, that helps organisations take control of their transformation journey by becoming platforms - i.e. unlocking convergence with big techs’ efficiency levels. Further, it surpasses the theory by having evolved Data MAPs' first instance for the last 7 years. Along that time, the authors gathered real examples that filled out a cube defined by a series of dimensions significant enough to assert the universal validity of their approach.

Keywords: data architecture, transformation, algorithmization, machine learning, enterprise software

JEL Classification: C8, C9, D2, D8, G1, G2, G3, L1, L2, L6, L7, L8, M3, M4, M5, O1, O2, O3, O4, O5, Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4, Q5,

Suggested Citation

Alvarez-Teleña, Sergio and Díez-Fernández, Marta, Data MAPs: On-Platform Organisations (September 29, 2022). Available at SSRN: or

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