Architecting Platforms as a Business

Programme Code D81
Product Management
Learning Partner(s)
4 Days
Format In-person
Product Strategy Product Life Cycle Management Product Go-To-Market Digital Strategy & Planning
Job Roles
ICT&SS Professional Product Manager Engagement Manager


Embrace the platform-based business model to thrive in the digital economy. Many of the most successful companies today are a result of platform-based models. In a competitive landscape, as more businesses re-think their business models, how can professionals equip themselves to adapt and drive the change?

Architecting Platforms as a Business (APAB) is an advanced programme for experienced product managers, technical architects, and strategists who want to evolve their business into a platform-based business model.

Over 4 weeks, this 4-day programme will provide you with the knowledge and skills to create a new or transform their current business model to leverage the ecosystem into a dynamic, agile, and value-adding platform model that captures new opportunities.

Key Takeaways

At the end of the programme, you will be able to
  • Understand the role of platforms and the challenges involved in building a platform
  • Design a business platform and support business practices
  • Define the technical architecture to support the platform
  • Defining key enablers for the platform, namely Governance, Trust, Brand
  • Demonstrate understanding and skills acquired through the design of a platform for business and to present to a panel for assessment

The programme will take you through design phases with practical hands-on activities. You are expected to do some pre-reading to be up to speed. Case-based discussions, and industry practitioners sharing will be used to augment learning.

Who Should Attend

  • Please refer to the job role section.
  • This is an intermediate programme intended for Public Service Officers, business and technical architects operating in the digital product space, who need to have a practice based programme to conceptualise and design a platform for business growth. Managers and professionals working on strategy and business or digital product innovations can also benefit.
  • You are expected to interact to share views and experiences while working in your respective teams.


  • You have 3 to 5 years of working experience in product management or with functional experience in a specific domain transitioning to a larger digital role would benefit most from the programme, have a strong interest in digital products and services and an understanding of how these enhance business competitiveness; foundational insights into technology and its architecture.
  • This is an intensive, fully hands-on programme, and you are expected to do prior readings, class preparation and project work outside of in-class sessions over 4 weeks.
  • You must have working experience in a business or technology function. Some understanding of product management would be useful.
  • You should have a keen interest in developing a digital platform business.

Useful Pre-Programme Knowledge

If you are new to product management, you are strongly encouraged to attend Managing Digital Products to enhance your learning experience for APAB.

Programme Structure

This programme will cover the following topics:

Platform Business
  • Types of Platform Models
  • Impact on business
  • Role of ecosystems in the platform
  • Phases of platform design
Ecosystem Analysis and Profiling
  • Entities, roles and platform participants
  • Platform modelling
  • Workshop on ecosystem profiling
The Two Engines of Platform Design
  • Design considerations for the transaction and learning engines
  • Value Capture, pricing and monetisation
  • Workshop on transaction identification for value exchange and promotion of platform usage
Metrics and Platform Enablers
  • What to measure and why
  • Enablers – Governance, Trust, Brand
  • Workshop to identify success metrics and KPIs and how to design enablers
Technology Architecture for the Platform
  • The Platform Technical Reference (PTR) model and the “to-be” building blocks and components for the Platform Strategy.
  • The principles, standards and  best practices for technology decisions
  • The Gaps Analysis matrix between the “as-is” and the “to-be” Technology Architectures
  • The Minimum Viable Platform (MVP) for specific business products and services with a view to platform growth and sustainability
  • Design considerations for security, reliability, scalability, sustainability, maintainability, growth, comprehensiveness, and integration for business and market needs.
  • Workshop on technical platform challenges to enable business alignment
Architectural Challenges
  • Addressing architectural challenges in platform design
  • Addressing business decisions through the technical design
  • Workshop project presentation
  • Assessment and reflection

This programme is part of the Digital Products & Platforms and Software Systems series offered by NUS-ISS. It is part of the Graduate Certificate in Designing and Managing Products and Platforms, which is stackable to a Master of Technology in Software Engineering.


Full Fee

Full programme fee


9% GST on nett programme fee


Total nett programme fee payable, including GST S$2616

With effect from 1 Jan 2024

Payment for this programme is to NUS-ISS, National University of Singapore.

Upcoming Classes

Class 1
06 Sep 2024 to 27 Sep 2024 (Full Time)
Duration: 4 days
When: Sep - 06, 13, 20, 27
Time : 9:00am - 5:00pm
Class 2
04 Nov 2024 to 12 Nov 2024 (Full Time)
Duration: 4 days
When: Nov - 04, 07, 11, 12
Time : 9:00am - 5:00pm
Class 3
07 Mar 2025 to 28 Mar 2025 (Full Time)
Duration: 4 days
When: Mar - 07, 14, 21, 28
Time : 9:00am - 5:00pm

How To Register


Step 1 Apply through your organisation's training request system.

Step 2 Your organisation's training request system (or relevant HR staff) confirms your organisation's approval for you to take the programme.

Your organisation will send registration information to the academy.

Organisation HR L&D or equivalent staff can click here for details of the registration submission process.

Step 3 GovTech Digital Academy will inform you whether you have been successful in enrolment.


There were useful frameworks along with use cases which helped to contextualise the theory.


This programme helped me understand platforms and the difference between them and products. The case studies were helpful!