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# platform-stories
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Gregor

06/09/2022, 11:02 AM
I'd be curious if anyone has a good example of a platform that's more like a fruit basket and one that's clearly fruit salad
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Bryan Finster

06/09/2022, 11:04 AM
I'm getting lost in the analogy. 😄 Is the difference that fruit salad is a fruit basket in smaller pieces?
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Torsten Linz

06/09/2022, 11:08 AM
I think the analogy only works when comparing two offerings. I don’t think you can say this offering is a fruit basket or fruit salad. As you can always go higher or lower. To stay with the image. The actual fruit salad could be considered a “fruit basket” when compared with an organized picknick which would then be a “fruit salad”. Does this make sense?
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Bryan Finster

06/09/2022, 11:13 AM
It could be I'm not caffeinated enough yet. :)
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Jon Skarpeteig

06/09/2022, 11:21 AM
A related analogy I've seen used a lot is that the value is in the seams
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Gregor

06/09/2022, 11:22 AM
Thanks for the thoughts 🙂 A fruit salad isn't just a collection of pieces, they are specifically chosen and prepared for a concrete use case
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Jon Skarpeteig

06/09/2022, 11:23 AM
An example I can think of is "Kubernetes" as a service, as opposed to "Elastic Kubernetes Service"
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Gregor

06/09/2022, 11:23 AM
It was harder to get that into a 30 second segment in a 15 minute keynote...
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Jon Skarpeteig

06/09/2022, 11:23 AM
By which I mean that EKS has integrations to a wider ecosystem (storage, networking et al)
Which makes it a lot more useful than having to couple that on your own
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Gregor

06/09/2022, 11:24 AM
re. picnic: agreed, there's often layered platforms above or below. The analogy might get a bit tricky at that point 🙂
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Bryan Finster

06/09/2022, 11:24 AM
I sympathize with the time limit. I was struggling with 30 min and then saw it was 15 and had to ruthlessly cut.
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Gregor

06/09/2022, 11:25 AM
The fruit salad metaphor tries to speak to the platform "gestalt" if that's not too much a cop-out word. Here's the original blog post on it (I expanded it into a chapter in the Platform Strategy book) https://architectelevator.com/architecture/platforms-fruit-salad/
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Bryan Finster

06/09/2022, 11:26 AM
If by “fruit salad” you mean an integrated platform of carefully chosen tools for specific capabilities instead of a collection of options, yes I agree that's best. I touch on that in my talk too.
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Gregor

06/09/2022, 11:52 AM
Caffeine kicked in 😉
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