Tough economic times, it's time to think about how to make your business more agile
Is your team working to make your business more agile? IBM’s Business Agility (follow #BizAgility on Twitter
) initiative responds to the rapid pace of change today’s businesses must manage in their networks, partner and supplier relationships, customer preferences, and market fluctuations.
This October, IBM Rational
will join product and service offerings from the Tivoli and WebSphere brands to help you reach new heights in software innovation, and turn the challenges of change and complexity to competitive advantage. Here is a short list of ways we can help your business.
Use business analytics in decision-making
Businesses need to make the most of their application portfolios as they look for cost savings and ways to achieve innovation. Complex application portfolios often cost companies too much of their IT funds, which leaves business and IT leaders challenged to find ways to afford innovation. Application portfolio management helps teams balance cost and risk with the need for agility, and allows better alignment of application investments with business needs.
Using business analytics capabilities from Rational, businesses can deliver the right goods and services, developed and driven by realtime market data. This sort of “market-driven” product development means companies can provide higher levels of customer satisfaction, greater revenue, and faster time to market. They can also guide better decision-making with the visibility and control made possible through enterprise architecture.
Improved performance measurement and management is another benefit of business analytics. Performance management helps teams determine root causes more quickly, prescribe course corrections, and predict future outcomes. With great delivery management, the business strategy is connected directly to the software delivery process. And that means your projects are properly scoped. Rational software provides tools like project dashboards that allow control at an executive level.
Measure and improve the software delivery process
As you know, decisions based on guesswork cause businesses to miss opportunities. What happens next? You spend too much time catching up, while the competition seizes increased market share. IBM Rational solutions provide a tightly integrated software delivery process to improve visibility and control over the software development lifecycle. You get an agile, end-to-end software delivery platform that connects your stakeholders to design and development teams, and it helps them track every business requirement through the entire development lifecycle.
By now, you’ve probably heard about our Agility@Scale initiative
. It basically means that you can apply the techniques of agile software development to any size project. And the benefits are clear: Improving the agility in software development gives you repeatable and low-risk deployments in complex, heterogeneous environments. You can deploy more frequently, while reducing build and deploy errors. Software delivery teams can collaborate more effectively with better visibility into the development process.
Many of today’s smart businesses are getting insight into their existing processes, and learning how to execute them faster, through the integration of their development and operations teams. Known as “Dev/Ops
,” this unification improves planning and coordination for lowered risks and costs during software delivery. Collaborative Dev/Ops helps streamline handoffs between development and operations, because it gives you better release management and planned and automated deployments.
Move to secure, multi-platform development. And use the cloud as you need it!
The increasing customer requests for new applications and services, coupled with the rapidly growing volumes of data, tools, platforms, technologies, and applications, slow down the time to value in the software delivery lifecycle. And ensuring security in a shared resource environment is a constant challenge, especially where there are unexpected spikes in demand.
IBM Rational helps teams rapidly deploy new software and services across all platforms using coordinated multi-platform development. Our multi-platform development capabilities offer an Eclipse-based environment for enterprise applications that span platforms, technologies, and languages, which helps developers and teams become more productive, integrated, and responsive.
Application modernization helps transform your business critical systems into flexible services and extend their reach to mobile devices. Traditional text-oriented, host based applications can be inefficient, difficult to use, and hard to change. We offer an approach, that can possibly begin with an application portfolio managemnet program, that can help!
Legacy functions that resurface in newly deployed web applications and services creates significant risk without security measures. With IBM Rational AppScan, you can scan your applications for security flaws before they are deployed.
And let’s not forget compilers! Older compilers can limit throughput, and they usually can’t exploit the latest in hardware. The good news is that compiler upgrade is a low-risk, fast way to boost your application performance and scale your existing IT infrastructure without breaking the bank.
The expense in acquiring and maintaining a development and test environment can strain IT budgets and decrease productivity, especially for applications that will be deployed widely over hundreds or thousands of users. Cloud-based development and testing can help tremendously by reducing costs, and by letting you make changes to the environment easily as needed.
Next week, IBM’s Business Agility initiative will launch new products and services to help you achieve all these goals, and the Rational brand is playing a big part. You’ll learn much more in the weeks ahead about how Rational can help your business become more agile and deliver the innovative software that will outshine your competitors.
About the author
Gina Poole, VP Marketing, IBM Rational