We've all heard that "software is eating the world." But what should your business do about it? What does it actually mean to not only be a digital enterprise but to go through that transformation?
According to a new eBook from Michael Coté of Pivotal, your organization can use new cloud techniques and technologies to dramatically change how your business runs. When you can change your software weekly, if not daily, you gain an unprecedented ability to make your business models more agile, creating an innovation factory.
A cloud-native approach to software development achieves two key goals for enterprises, according to Coté. In the short and medium term, it reduces the full cycle time it takes to get new features into production—often to a week, if not just days. With this reliable, quick, continuous delivery cycle in place, over the long term, organizations improve the quality and capabilities of the software and, therefore, the quality and capabilities of the business. The journey to cloud-native increases not only IT agility but also business agility.
Coté discusses how to drive IT agility with a cloud-native approach in three different types of projects:
- New project, or greenfield, development – As the rest of the organization looks on, this team must establish a process of moving fast without building up too much technical debt as it undertakes a project designed to better compete in or completely disrupt a market.
- Existing projects, or legacy, management – With full portfolios of existing IT applications to maintain and grow, this team must effectively migrate legacy apps into the mobile-cloud era while minimizing the risk of change. Yet how do you change an engine while the plane is in flight?
- IT transformation – To have the most impact on the business, the IT department must make changes beyond an application here and there. Transforming how the entire IT department works, and therefore how the business operates, requires a distinct approach and reliance on new cloud platforms.
Michael Coté works at Pivotal in technical marketing. He’s been an industry analyst at 451 Research and RedMonk, worked in corporate strategy and M&A at Dell in software and cloud, and was a programmer for a decade before all that. He blogs and podcasts at Cote.io and is @cote in Twitter.