Next-Gen Apps for the As-a-Service Economy
Applications play a central role in every business, so any change to the way they are developed, distributed or consumed can have a major impact. While IT trends such as cloud, mobility and big data are driving change in applications, other pressures are helping create changes to applications as well.
Companies are constantly under pressure to innovate. Customer habits have been altered by smart mobile devices, and their taste for engaging applications is becoming more discriminating. Business processes today are driven almost exclusively by applications, which means that getting applications right, and getting them out first, is an imperative.
As a result, everything we know about creating and maintaining applications is changing in the as-a-Service economy. Following the same software development process you've used for 30 years won't help you match the demands of today's short cycle times or user expectations — no matter how often you try.
New-generation applications require coordination between application modernization and IT transformation initiatives. They require careful implementation and integration of cloud, mobility and data analytics. And they need more levels of automation, transparency and policy-driven security. Applications need to be built with agile development methods to enable dynamic and open integration points.
To make sure your business benefits, consider these items:
- Application modernization is more than an IT exercise. It requires the full participation of business units, too. Modernization affects people and processes as much as it does the software they use. Updating applications alone won't help a business achieve the transformation it expects.
- Restack your IT estate. Consider how to move your existing enterprise applications and assets to the cloud. Innovation happens faster in this agile and fluid environment, creating value for the enterprise more quickly.
- Invest in agile development. Agile development requires continuous incremental release principles that stand in contrast to the familiar waterfall model of development. Making changes to the most fundamental processes requires a clear push for collaboration between the development and operations teams.
- Embrace new methods for application distribution and consumption. A centralized model of application distribution helps manage the cost of maintaining a library of applications, especially when managing multiple devices and platforms. And an Apps Store model allows users to select the apps they need, when they need them.
Get it right and you'll unlock astounding new value — open new channels and gain customers, find new business ideas and opportunities, gain radical efficiencies and more. Get it wrong and ... well, don't get it wrong.
CSC is here to help you on your journey toward a service-enabled enterprise. The services we offer will help you respond faster in a rapidly changing environment. As we help you migrate your existing workloads, modernize applications and adopt new development and management practices, your company will realize all the benefits that operating in the as-a-Service economy can offer.
CSC can help. Contact us.