Monday, 8 December 2014


Line of business owners in the enterprise are demanding more applications of greater complexity for a greater number of operating environments and devices, and they want them delivered quickly. If you can’t give them what they want, they may go around IT and acquire the applications on their own, a phenomenon known as “shadow IT.” That not only drives up acquisition and support costs but also jeopardizes security and compliance.

Adding to the challenge is the increasing strategic use of mobile apps in the enterprise. Thought leadership articles warn about security risks that result from mobile applications leaking data outside the enterprise such as through the use of cameras, copy-paste operations or connections to cloud services. Yet IT organizations have little or no institutional knowledge of how mobile apps behave when deployed and used, or how to shape that behavior to support enterprise standards. And there are few tools or techniques available to assess the mobile applications in use.

To address the challenge, IT must achieve and maintain a high level of agility and be prepared for continual change. The goal is to position IT to provide business owners with all the applications they need, when they need them, on the operating systems and devices they choose — while still retaining control.

To meet this goal, you must maintain a portfolio of applications ready for immediate deployment to a wide variety of operating systems and devices, and keep the applications current with the latest updates and patch levels. You also have to migrate applications to new operating systems and devices, to new versions of existing platforms, and to virtualized environments. In addition, you have to continually add new applications to the portfolio. At the same time, you need to drive down costs by maximizing efficiency such as by automating processes and enabling end users to serve themselves in requesting applications.

Considering the complexity of today’s applications, the number of operating environments and devices, and the rapid release of new versions of applications and environments, maintaining continual application readiness is a tall order. Maintaining Application Readiness in today’s complex and continually evolving technology environment is challenging, but essential to enabling ongoing business innovation. You have to be prepared for change and to provide line of business owners with the applications they need, when they need them, and on the devices they choose. And you have to ensure that your enterprise has the latest technology at its disposal to maintain its competitive edge.

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