Digital Applications: The Key to Releasing Your Organization's Full Potential
Software can be disruptive. It’s helping startups overturn entire industries with innovative technology and business services. And it’s forcing the companies they’re disrupting to change how they think about their own value. The biggest changes will come not from the software applications themselves, but instead from the modern application platform and the dynamic integration of the components that power it, including APIs, virtualization and open source projects. This modern application platform can empower organizations to create new services, unlock data from older applications and transform the business. Whether an organization seeks to disrupt an industry or protect itself against the disrupters, the modern digital application platform represents the way forward.
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Every day, it seems, startups are disrupting the status quo in a broad range of industries. Whether in financial services, transportation, technology or other industries, these young organizations exploit technology services that have dramatically lowered barriers to entry.
Think of 19-year-old Michael Dell launching PCs Limited — later to become Dell Inc. — from his dorm room at the University of Texas with all of $1,000 in startup funding. Or Mark Zuckerberg, creating what would later become Facebook while still a student at Harvard. Or Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp, two young friends who invented the prototype app for Uber while attending a conference in Paris. All started on a shoestring, essentially coming out of nowhere, yet all have disrupted entire industries.
Meanwhile, the companies they disrupted — assuming the companies still exist — must now reevaluate and rethink how they create value. Retail CEOs are reimagining their organizations as information businesses. Bankers are shifting to become technologists. Automakers are calling themselves providers of transportation services.
What these various changes have in common is that they’re being driven by the emerging digital applications platform. Many of the underlying technologies are not new, and in fact have been around for more than a decade. But recently, they’ve been melded into a low-cost, highly scalable delivery vehicle.
Forging the digital transformation is a modern approach to building and delivering inherently scalable applications identified as “cloud native.” Cloud-native applications comprise smaller and more maintainable modules, known as “microservices,” that communicate through published APIs. These interfaces can exist in multi-tenanted environments and can be migrated onto various computing platforms. Because cloud-native applications are fluid and dynamic in design, they’re ideally suited to support today’s increased velocity of business change.
Organizations that ignore the benefits of digital applications do so at their own peril. For one, these organizations may become slow to innovate. For another, because they lack the best information and services, they may spend far too much on IT operations, following a “do-it-myself” model that results in low-return, “just keep the lights on” bloat. For yet another, even when these organizations implement digital applications to combine information, they may find the apps slowed by legacy gaps that create “information friction.”
Download the complete position paper to learn:
- How innovative software is transforming entire industries
- How organizations can release the full value of their legacy applications’ information
- Why agile organizations are changing the way they think about application development