IT-Strategy: 10 facts how agility supports your strategy

Agility could be a competitive advantage for each business. There for here are some facts how agility could support your IT strategy.

1. Infrastructure
– Your infrastructure should be flexible and scalable.
– Standardize your technologie is the goal.

2. Datamanagement
– Centralize your data management (single source)
– Use standardized interfaces to access the data.

3. Information logistics
– Use company-wide uniform defined key data (KPIs) and computational procedures.
– Separate your data from your applications

4. Management informationsystems
– Use informationsystems on each management level
– Be flexible for business requirements

5. Company-wide integration
– Use technologie kits (cf. LEGO) connecting your partner and distributors.
– Use standardize interchange formats.

6. E-Business ability
– Having scalable Webserver and CMS.
– Having a high security standard.

7. Communication systems
– Using integrative E-Mail and Groupware solutions
– Integrate your mobile systems and devices
– Using VoIP

8. IT-Governance
– Having a fast decision process oriented on your business strategy.
– Save ressources for short-term projects.

9. Enterprise Ressource Planning
– Using a coherent business logic.
– Optimize your processes.
– Avoid redundancies.

10. Loose coupling
– Use autonomous functional components
– Standardize your interfaces
– Separate the functionality and process logic

However!

IT-Agility is not for free. Flexibility is in contrast to cost optimization and performance optimization. It´s not necessary for each business or each business area. If cost and performance optimization is a competitive advantage, agility doesn’t greatly matter. This means that IT-Agility should be adopted in business areas, where flexibility and reactivity are the key factors. Have a look on your business strategy to adopt IT-Agility.

About the Author

Rene Buest is Gartner Analyst covering Infrastructure Services & Digital Operations. Prior to that he was Director of Technology Research at Arago, Senior Analyst and Cloud Practice Lead at Crisp Research, Principal Analyst at New Age Disruption and member of the worldwide Gigaom Research Analyst Network. Rene is considered as top cloud computing analyst in Germany and one of the worldwide top analysts in this area. In addition, he is one of the world’s top cloud computing influencers and belongs to the top 100 cloud computing experts on Twitter and Google+. Since the mid-90s he is focused on the strategic use of information technology in businesses and the IT impact on our society as well as disruptive technologies. Rene Buest is the author of numerous professional technology articles. He regularly writes for well-known IT publications like Computerwoche, CIO Magazin, LANline as well as Silicon.de and is cited in German and international media – including New York Times, Forbes Magazin, Handelsblatt, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Wirtschaftswoche, Computerwoche, CIO, Manager Magazin and Harvard Business Manager. Furthermore Rene Buest is speaker and participant of experts rounds. He is founder of CloudUser.de and writes about cloud computing, IT infrastructure, technologies, management and strategies. He holds a diploma in computer engineering from the Hochschule Bremen (Dipl.-Informatiker (FH)) as well as a M.Sc. in IT-Management and Information Systems from the FHDW Paderborn.

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