# general

Mark Maglana

12/20/2022, 7:40 PM
Hi, is there a general agreement in this Slack group on the working definition of a platform? I like the one by Evan Bottcher as quoted by the Team Topologies book in p. 92:
A digital platform is a foundation of self-service APis, tools, services, knowledge and support which are arranged as a compelling internal product. Autonomous delivery teams can make use of the platform to deliver product features at a higher pace, with reduced coordination.

Wayne Allan

12/20/2022, 8:12 PM
I prefer this definition too - however in practice I see a lot of folk gravitate to a more narrow definition like Infrastructure as a Service IaaS. for example when I talk to folk about doing Platform Engineering the almost exclusively talk about infrastructure - vs working on design systems etc

Mark Maglana

12/21/2022, 4:12 AM
Indeed. I observe the same thing.