Business success increasingly depends on the ability to apply new and innovative business models and supporting IT solutions more quickly than one's competitors can. In short, it requires an agile enterprise. Recent advancements in cloud computing can provide an enterprise with the essential capabilities it needs to become an agile enterprise.
- The open cloud architecture establishes the foundation for the agile enterprise, enabling innovative solutions and avoiding vendor lock-in.
- New applications that increase customer and employee loyalty and interactions are enabling the agile enterprise in a mobile and socially connected world.
- Open source technologies and standards are transforming existing business and IT processes making them more flexible and agile.
This IBM® Redbooks® Point-of-View publication describes the direction of cloud computing and how it will impact the enterprise. It provides an overview of how the enterprise should look to adopt cloud computing to transform its business models, IT operations, as well as how new styles of cloud-based applications could enable agility and competitiveness. The essential aspects of becoming an agile enterprise are based on an open cloud architecture and its pillars are based on OpenStack and Cloud Foundry. The paper highlights the key aspects of a software-defined environment and its importance and how composable applications change the way applications are developed and deployed. It describes how new dynamic computer languages and new development and deployment tools and techniques strengthen the role of the developer in this new environment.
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Thriving in this fast paced and connected world
Building the foundation of an agile enterprise
Empowering developers to create applications for the agile enterprise
A knowledgeable partner is key to becoming an agile enterprise
What's next: How IBM can help