I first started thinking about the power of plug-and-play platforms in my childhood, well before I joined the HR industry.
It all started with a sleek, all-inclusive console stereo system. With its built-in turntable, AM/FM radio, amplifier and speakers, I loved that stereo despite its all-in-one vertically integrated design.
But one day the amplifier broke, rendering the entire unit non-functional. As a result, the console was kicked to the curb.
Years later, my parents bought me a new stereo system with separate