For most organizations, innovation and competitive differentiation go hand in hand. But often an organization’s ability to quickly and proactively respond to change driven by market drivers, customer demands and even regulatory compliance can be limited due to:
The lack of visibility into the enterprise to identify the effects, costs and risks of change, and to gain an understanding on where to invest time/resources, on which initiatives, and in what order
A complex infrastructure and older technologies that hinder business... [More]
As software plays an increasingly critical role in the business performance of corporations, IT faces considerable pressure to support new business initiatives while cutting costs. Over the last 30 years, billions of dollars have been invested in software applications, but typically, these investments are poorly leveraged. Too often, a complex and poorly understood application portfolio consumes a large percentage of IT funds, leaving corporate business and IT leaders challenged to find the funds needed for business innovation.
We chose the name "Innovate" for our annual conference because it's focused on the development and delivery of software. And software innovation is where the competitive opportunities lie these days. But creating software is no easy task. Whether it's targeted for IT applications or embedded products, software creation remains a complicated challenge. What should IT and product & systems teams be thinking about these days, as they try to improve their capabilities in software development and delivery? Here are my five top... [More]
Almost every organization that exists today has a goal to grow their business and make it more effective. Growth can be organic or a result of mergers and acquisitions or a combination of both, but growth can put tremendous pressure on the IT organization, its executives and supporting applications. Rising complexity often results in high costs to maintain and operate the environment and resources spent on maintenance and operations are resources diverted from innovation and support for new business opportunities - activities that actually... [More]
Simplify IT with Application Portfolio Management As software plays an increasingly critical role in the business performance of corporations, IT faces considerable pressure to support new business initiatives while cutting costs. Over the last 30 years, billions of dollars have been invested in software applications, but typically these investments are poorly leveraged. Too often, a complex and poorly understood application portfolio consumes a large percentage of IT funds, leaving IT leaders challenged to find the funds needed for business... [More]
The compelling case for application
For most companies, what
would you say is the greatest challenge to achieving innovation? Is it a lack
of skill? Imagination? Dedication to success? In our direct experience,
confirmed by research we’ve done, it’s none of these things.
Across the globe, we find
that skilled, imaginative, and dedicated teams are increasingly hampered by
limited financial resources. Operational and maintenance expenses consume far
too much of the IT budget, so there’s little left to fund... [More]
The ROI of your software development investments Understanding where and how we are spending our resources and getting return on our investments is difficult - especially for software development organizations... Many software companies manage a significant portfolio of solutions where there is a: Disconnect between business and delivery with a lack of delivery governance and control Risks and issues are handled to late in the delivery process instead of up front Software and systems delivery and portfolio data on disparate and globally... [More]
Brand new ways to Business Agility -- from IBM Rational by Gina Poole , VP Marketing, IBM Rational I’ve been blogging on several sites over the past few weeks about our fall 2011 product and services launch, which has a big theme: “Business Agility.” I promised to bring you more, soon, on Application Portfolio Management , Collaborative DevOps , market-driven product development , and more. Well, we actually launched on October 6, and now I’m happy to be able to point you to much more information that can help you put business agility to work.... [More]
This is part two ( read part 1 ) of our series called “ A Rational approach to enterprise modernization .”
This series is meant to help you and your business to optimize the
value of your applications, people, teams and infrastructure.
It's based on a thought leadership white paper from Ashok Reddy . Today, we'll discuss how to improve application knowledge, development skills, team collaboration and infrastructure efficiency. Improving application knowledge, development skills, team collaboration, and infrastructure efficiency
If you work within IT for a midsize to large business, you’ve probably struggled now and then -- if not daily -- to make sense of the diverse technologies maintained by your department. A mix of hardware, old and new, and a wide variety of software applications, old and new, form a virtual landscape of technical challenges. Maybe you’ve met some of these challenges with creative bridges from one system to another, or maybe you’ve worked with teams of engineers who have risen to the occasion.
You might also be aware that there’s much more... [More]