2IT Is Spending Too Much Time ‘Keeping the Lights On’
Eighty percent of IT budgets are spent on maintaining existing systems, leaving little room for innovation projects aimed at capitalizing on new opportunities. Yet, demands from the business for precisely those initiatives continue to grow.
TAKEAWAY: IT teams must find ways to support the projects essential to the future growth of the business.
3IT Is Getting Bogged Down Because It Treats All Projects the Same
IT teams have historically tackled projects with a single approach that treats all applications the same—whether they’re large core systems for managing commodity processes or apps to support unique and frequently changing business models/processes.
TAKEAWAY: IT needs a strategy to identify and address apps geared toward unique or innovative processes.
4Relying Solely on Code Takes Too Long
While there will always be a need for code, many IT teams are coming to the realization that it’s simply not suited to delivering innovative apps fast or flexible enough. As Forrester Vice President and Principal Analyst John Rymer noted: “If we rely solely on coding, we’re going to fail. It’s too slow. It’s too inflexible.”
TAKEAWAY: IT and the business need a common language for quickly and iteratively turning requirements into software.
5IT Backlogs Are Growing
6IT Projects Are Failing
7Everyone Is Unhappy With IT
8The Pace of Change Is Accelerating
New technologies are being introduced at mind-boggling speeds. This rapid change is forcing businesses to seek new sources of innovation and differentiation. And the window to capitalize on these opportunities is smaller than ever.
TAKEAWAY: IT teams need to deliver applications faster and build frequent change into their process.
9Software Is Disrupting Industries
New players are disrupting established industries with app-driven approaches, focused on continuously releasing new software. To survive and thrive today, every company must think—and act—like a software company.
TAKEAWAY: IT can become a change agent, but this requires greater speed, agility and collaboration with the business.
10Everything Is Open and Connected
The convergence of cloud, mobile, social and big data is fundamentally transforming the enterprise. Today’s “always-on” economy requires a high degree of connectedness across people, processes, data and devices.
TAKEAWAY: IT must ensure new apps integrate seamlessly with other systems and work on any device.
11User Expectations Are Rising
Our personal experiences have driven expectations for enterprise apps sky high. Business users demand the same kinds of intuitive and intelligent apps they use every day—apps that are simple, don’t require training, are accessible from any device, and are built rapidly and updated frequently.
TAKEAWAY: IT must fundamentally transform the way it designs, builds, deploys and manages business apps.