While the underlying platforms (CPUs, operating software, DSP APIs, etc.) are still of critical importance to the success of these new applications-centric offerings, most ISVs and OEMs are discovering that detail-level integration of these components is not a good business proposition for them. In essence, the value-added from sourcing and integrating basic hardware and software components has become an increasingly complex challenge with escalating headaches and diminishing margins. On one hand, the evaluation, testing, integration and certification of individual system components is consuming larger amounts of valuable engineering resources. On the other hand, the ability to mark-up platform-level integration activities is shrinking as more value-added emphasis has shifted to the end applications and the move to standardized open systems architectures has blurred the ability to differentiate based on the underlying platforms.
In order to keep their primary focus on the creation of new applications and capabilities, more and more forward-looking ISVs and OEMs are now looking toward partners that can provide stable computing platforms and platform integration services that serve as a reliable base for robust hosting of their leading edge applications, while maximizing overall value, deployability and reliability.
In the balance of this brief white paper, we will explore the driving factors and trends behind the movement to sourced integrated systems with long term stability. In addition, we will look at the key factors for choosing an integrated systems partner that can optimize your opportunities with reliable, scalable and stable computing platforms and platform integration services that are optimized for deploying targeted converged networking applications.
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