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Almost all of today's major software platforms are open ecosystems that third parties can use to build applications to improve the base platform under different models. For example, access contracts for independent software providers (ISV) or API (Application Programming Interface) regulate how third-party developers can interact with technology platforms. "Scraper" access platform information even without a contract to develop analysis products. In addition to complexity, platforms can be on either side of these relationships and act as ISVs to integrate their products with other platforms, or scrape off competitive data to develop new products.
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