Agility can change the face of IT, if companies are ready

Much of the drive behind cloud conversion has centered on the need for agility. Enterprises may understandably want to coordinate functions in a compatible browser and reduce the time it takes to run basic processes. This isn't the same thing as wanting a fast cloud setup, either, since agile interfaces can demand the newest browser emulator software for complete efficiency.

This February, Fast Company spoke to IBM's Frank De Gilio about the problems with confusing agility and speed during a cloud transition. Though he specifically refers to development, a misunderstanding of this principle could be confusing for IT managers setting up browser solutions as well. In both cases, the desire for usefulness may drive more innovation.

"For people who are used to a 'waterfall' model of software deployment—design, construction, testing, production, maintenance – it can be hard to embrace 'agile' development," De Gilio said. "Now, when I say 'agile,' I mean a specific process for the very rapid development, testing, and deployment of apps and services. And this sort of agility is absolutely critical in the cloud."

"The desire for more usefulness may drive innovation."

There are some other basic reasons to seek out agile solutions for mainframe modernization. For one, the shortage of workers with traditional coding skills can mean businesses need to move away from these older models and find a new approach fit for web services.

Another consideration is cost. Over time, the dependence on taxing, older software options can drain resources, since they require redundant downloads and don't match as well with your business model. The true cost of a modernization plan may be incremental.

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