Digital Leaders Insight Series - Part 3 

 Innovation Ecosystems 

Innovation Ecosystems

"94% of members believe ecosystems are important or very important to driving competitive advantage in today's economy"


The word 'ecosystem' is widely used to describe the variety of complex networks and interdependent relationships that exist in today's business and technology landscapes.

Jessica Thorpe 
Senior Research Analyst

Bearing Point Riverbed

Supported by BearingPoint and Riverbed

Welcome to our third Digital Leaders Insight Series report which exploresthe role of innovation ecosystems in the digital economy.


The world's most successful tech companies - Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook - support sizeable ecosystems underpinned by platform technology. The results of this new way of doing business can be astonishing.


Ecosystems, whether digitally supported or more loosely organised, maximise the potential of multiple connections and relationships to drive value and innovation. Through this report, we wanted to understand our members' perceptions and experience of this new way of doing business.


When asked to best define the term 'innovation ecosystem', interestingly the top definition was acustomer-oriented approach to innovation,with 57%. This was closely followed bya collaborative network sharing capabilities and expertiseat 54%, anda network of complementary digital systemsat 45%.


Jessica Thorpe, our Senior Research Analyst said "This research is a natural follow-on from the previous Digital Leaders Insight report which looked at the impact and implications of the emerging platform economy. We have shifted our gaze to the exciting world of ecosystems to understand better how this disruptive new way of creating value is playing out. I hope that you find this report a useful addition to your digital strategy and planning toolkit".