These days, nearly all companies assemble digital platforms so they can better compete in the marketplace. Platforms enable companies to better serve their customers and their employees as well as orchestrate their ecosystem. A platform integrates technology and services in a way that allows a company to operate differently. Hence, the platform world is vastly different from the current IT paradigm. Let’s look at the differences in aspects, including the cost to build, cost to maintain, cost of engineering and IT talent requirements, and need for retiring technical debt.