Every organization needs agility. An agile enterprise is one that senses changes in the marketplace and responds efficiently and effectively to those changes in a timely manner.
Yet how an organization gains agility is another matter. New systems, new business processes, even new ways of working must be designed, invested in and implemented. Organizational resistance to these changes must be identified and, to the degree possible, overcome. Finally, the results of an agility effort must be measured, and the tangible changes — if any — evaluated.
IT at the heart of agility
IT lies at the heart of many enterprise agility efforts. That’s because the agile enterprise is collaborative. It has excellent communications among its myriad divisions and geographies. And it is expert at capturing, and making sense of, the information that matters.
At many enterprises, IT may need to first adopt an agility program of its own. Once IT is agile, it can supply new tools, technologies and solutions that enable the agile enterprise, including:
- Cloud Computing: Lets the organization add computing and storage capacity, change systems requirements, offer new applications and create business services faster than ever.
- Collaboration Technology: Social media, wikis, mobile applications and other collaborative tools let employees share information quickly and efficiently. This empowers workers to manage change and can also spur innovation.
- Application Portfolio Management: Helps CIOs determine which applications truly differentiate the enterprise. And shows which delivery models — traditional, SaaS, BPaaS, etc. — will bring the most value to the enterprise.
- IT Outsourcing: Trusted third parties can help increase enterprise agility by providing fast ways to ramp up and ramp down computing and storage capacity, launch new applications, change system requirements and more.
Are you ready to gain enterprise agility, starting with agile IT? CSC can help. Contact us.