In 2009, FedEx assessed its application portfolio and realized it had more than 2,600 applications, and more than 14,000 custom interfaces to these applications. Can you have too many? Here’s why, what the risks are and what to do about it.
Developers are having a greater impact on how applications are architected, and in many cases, making unilateral choices that are in effect making business decisions for the company. While nearly two-thirds of enterprise IT managers believe they should be the deciding vote in selecting a public cloud service, moving apps to the cloud, or creating a private cloud, business units disagree about 40 percent of the time. CIOs need to manage this.
The cloud offers lots of benefits to employees and consumers, but lots of headaches for IT architects. When it comes to evaluating the impact that cloud will have on your digital transformation, there’s no easy explanation. The answer mostly depends on whom you ask.
There’s potentially a gulf of pain between using cloud services and successfully using cloud services. How will you know if you’re being successful? You need the metrics that match your priorities: agility, TCO, reach and productivity.
Digital transformation isn’t about using technology to do the same things you’ve always done—it’s about doing things that weren’t possible before. Digital transformation is a state of mind versus a set of tools. You can’t just say it—you have to map it out.