Technological innovation is happening at lightning speed, creating new opportunities and threats for companies of all sizes and industries. At the same time, ever-changing macroeconomic conditions are putting pressure on leaders to deliver business results at tighter margins.
While the current business climate certainly feels like a test of the survival of the fittest, your goal should not just be to survive, but to thrive. In this new reality where a bank can go bankrupt in two weeks and new innovations fundamentally change the way we live (e.g. ChatGPT), the speed with which companies can respond to changing market dynamics and customer needs is critical.
In a world where businesses are defined by the digital services they can provide, software agility IS business agility and in turn results in better business outcomes.
Software agility translates into teams that can quickly build and deploy applications to respond to changing customer needs, create new revenue streams, and scale to meet demand. Software flexibility also means that if the organization wants to use a new technology to innovate and stay competitive, teams can easily deliver an app that does just that.
However, as organizations scramble to adopt cloud computing, Kubernetes and open source software, they are faced with a vast landscape of tools and services that can be overwhelming and costly. And while it’s inspiring to see the innovation happening around us—or as RedMonk’s Stephen O’Grady called it “an embarrassment of riches”—developers may find themselves suffering from “analysis paralysis” and even worse, have to their favorite tools and services together, freeing up time from writing code and delivering those applications that run the business and delight end users.
Instead of tools that serve to increase productivity, today’s developers are trapped in a jumble of tools and services to support their day-to-day work. In addition, this has added complexity to managing apps and infrastructure in a multi-cloud environment, where teams must control costs, ensure performance, and manage consistent security policies across these diverse and distributed environments. Businesses with a multi-cloud environment also face a growing number of IT silos that can lead to inefficiency and increased risk. And, as is increasingly common in today’s tight job market, a lack of skilled professionals adds another difficulty. The complexity of today’s digital systems has multiple points of friction that must be addressed if we are to achieve true business agility.
Organizations need a new approach: establish a common platform supported by a platform engineering function to unify the delivery and management of applications across apps and clouds. This will help optimize application development and operations, and strengthen security and compliance. What we believe is that to be successful and productive, developers need: 1. A common data platform, 2. A seamless self-service experience with minimal handoffs and separation of concerns 3. Strong knowledge of open source technologies.
With our comprehensive Tanzu and Aria platforms, VMware has become a trusted partner to help organizations become more agile and responsive in software development. Delivering accessible, developer-friendly experiences and IT operations management are at the heart of our DNA. With the depth and breadth of our technologies, alongside Tanzu Labs’ consulting expertise, we also help organizations transform their methodologies and practices. We deliver near real-time insights across the application lifecycle with simplified, streamlined, and powerful solutions for developers, platform engineering, and cloud operations teams to seamlessly provision, monitor, secure, and optimize apps across multiple clouds and their entire app portfolio.
We help clients in nearly every industry – from retail and healthcare to financial services and the public sector – build a culture that enables developer productivity to enable the delivery of better, more secure software so they can meet the changing market dynamics and customer expectations.
When there is a market situation, its impact on your business – positive or negative – depends on how quickly you can change, move and adapt. At a time when organizations are under pressure to perform more efficiently and drive business results, now is the time to accelerate app delivery and digital transformation efforts. The best defense is an optimized and more productive attack. Change is inevitable, as we have learned over the years. So now and in the months and years ahead, it is imperative for organizations to continue on their journey to be ready for the next disruption.
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