Closed Platform – Regulating a Superior System


Closed platform systems have value in enterprises that require specific usage of their product with limitations and restrictions. There are numerous reasons to be considered and comparisons to be made when implementing closed platform. Here are some important reasons to consider and how they differentiate from open platform.

What Is Closed Platform and How It Differs From Open Platform

A closed platform software structure regulates the way users operate within its system. Closed platform allows the company licensing out its software to maintain nearly complete control of how a user behaves on its program. An example of this is a child’s bedroom. The child can play with the toys inside of it, but once the kid wants a toy from the store, the parent has to approve. The child is the end user, the bedroom is the software and the parent is the software company.

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Closed platform restricts user freedom.

Closed platform restricts content and outside applications. Closed platform systems often reject content it doesn’t approve usually because the makers of the content refused to pay a licensing fee to provide content to the system. Outside applications are restricted because they drastically change the software or program outside of its original intent, and this threatens company standards.

Closed platform differs from an open platform in functionality. Open platform systems allow incorporation from other programs to offer different functions of the original software. Open platform also allows end users to manipulate the originally intended purpose of the program. Closed platform prevents these variations.

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Closed platform is almost an opposite of the open platform system.

When Should It Be Considered for Enterprises

Imagine buying a new car and modifying its horn to produce sounds that reach dangerous volume levels. This modification may be something a small amount of users may want from a car, but a majority of users want the company-installed horn. This is an example of when closed platform benefits a business more than open platform.

Another thing that stands out for users when considering which company to purchase software from is the security of the system. The coding of a large enterprise is made with security in mind, and that security stays intact much easier in a closed platform system. Customers require support from the software company as well, but it’s difficult to navigate a support problem if the initial code has been altered or third party applications have been installed.

Businesswoman working on a laptop.
Security is superior with closed platform.

Businesses should decide against a closed platform when they feel potential integrations and user-adjustments are too valuable to target markets. A lot of software thrives due to the integrations that increase its overall functionality.

A company concerned with the misuse or theft of its content within a closed platform system should consider automated maintenance of digital content. The best solution for this is a digital rights management system. Along with a DRM system, consider the benefits closed platform software has for your company.