Business applications are now overrunning the workplace. This is largely because companies across all sectors and industries are quickly realizing that software will eventually dominate their enterprises – if it isn't already doing so. At the same time, however, many organizations are struggling to maintain their current grip on application reality, indicating that many firms will likely continue to encounter problems as the software landscape evolves and expands in the future.
A recent Capgemini survey of more than 1,100 CIOs and senior IT decision-makers around the world found that applications are among the most disruptive and prevalent technologies currently facing companies. In the past, analysts found that the need to rationalize software was on the radar but not quite a priority, as executives generally had other objectives that were labeled more pressing. Today is a different story, as many professionals now believe the concept of application rationalization has moved from whether or not to do it to when and how it should be completed.
The ongoing acceleration of mobility, cloud computing, big data and social media is pressuring business teams to take a step back and evaluate their current application landscape. In many cases, cleaning up and improving upon traditional development and deployment strategies will help companies navigate the evolving software realm, Capgemini reported. In other cases, organizations will be charged with taking more radical approaches, which may include creating a more streamlined continuous application delivery system and tossing out antiquated solutions that no longer provide any value to the business.
Leveling the playing field
Capgemini encouraged enterprises to monitor and measure the relationship between business and IT teams. This awareness will help firms industrialize and standardize applications as well as the software development environment, which will enable IT professionals to create more sophisticated applications that meet both internal and external needs regarding the mobile, social and cloud movements.
The fact is that technical employees are no longer the only workers utilizing software for everyday purposes. If developers and other professionals do not build or procure solutions that cater to individuals without a complex understanding of the IT realm, those businesses will likely suffer in the coming years as the application environment continues to expand and become even more complex.
The study revealed that only 43 percent of businesses have a methodology in place that will allow them to continuously evolve their application portfolio, though another 46 percent of organizations without those frameworks understand the need for one. This means that organizations are beginning to expand their perspective and take on more complex initiatives, such as launching innovative static analysis and other code review procedures in the development cycle.
A separate Gartner report echoed the importance of embarking on application rationalization endeavors, encouraging business decision-makers to plan ahead and understand what they want to truly achieve out of their use of software. After IT executives align their current and future expectations with other business managers, teams need to define the new application architecture and how they can evolve over time.
An emerging concept in the software development world is the idea of converging development and operations teams through a methodology called DevOps. These strategies will allow IT experts to deploy more rigorous and effective code review and analysis processes, which will help managers gauge the impact a particular solution will have over time.
As business applications continue to proliferate and evolve, decision-makers will be charged with the responsibility of updating software cycles and rationalizing the environment to discover which tools are helpful and which solutions are a waste of resources and money.