Open source PaaS, Open APIs, and Open Ecosystems are accelerating agility, empowering developers, and enabling innovative business strategies. In a recently published white paper, I describe how adopting a New IT plan can create a responsive IT team.
The path to New IT requires moving away from traditional application platforms, traditional team structure, and traditional information flows. Responsive IT teams are adapting their infrastructure, processes and tooling to re-invent the application platform and re-think application delivery. The New IT architecture underlying Responsive IT intelligently incorporates Cloud Platforms, BigData Analytics, Enterprise DevOps, and API first development.
Adopting an Open Enterprise DevOps PaaS can align your IT model with business agility expectations.
DevOps principles and practices combined with PaaS characteristics will quicken IT solution development and delivery. A DevOps focus on continuous activity execution (e.g. continuous build, continuous integration, continuous test, continuous delivery) creates a ‘no wait’ environment. Teams do not have to wait for the next script to run or for the next activity to commence. By incorporating automation into developer and operations processes, teams bypass time consuming manual tasks and gain faster phase execution. Both DevOps and PaaS promote simple, on-demand self-service environments that shield team members from complexity and reduce skill hurdles. By offering on-demand self-service access, rapid business innovation and experimentation is possible. By reducing complexity, team members are not required to obtain special training and skills before consuming IT services and infrastructure.
PaaS increases agility by democratizing access to IT infrastructure and services. Offering a low cost environment and increasing resource availability, PaaS promotes democratized access. The chosen PaaS environments must offer required application building blocks available on-demand, and minimize cost by amortizing infrastructure expense over multiple project teams. PaaS environments based on multi-tenant, shared application containers facilitate pervasive access by increasing tenant density and lowering tenant cost. Affordable, pervasive on-demand access encourages project teams to use approved PaaS environments and enables shadow IT teams to efficiently and safely create a long tail of application development projects.
To read more about Enterprise DevOps PaaS accelerating team agility, read a recent blog post.
Open APIs are empowering developers by delivering business building blocks.
Teams can rapidly compose solutions to meet shifting business demand by re-using Open Data and Open APIs. Teams are embracing long tail development communities that enable innovative business ecosystem strategies to emerge, with Open Data and Open API foundations.
In a New IT operations model, instead of being a single-purpose delivery team, IT serves as a broker and validator of solution building blocks.
IT focus and responsibility shifts towards creating an ecosystem delivering composable and reusable IT capabilities. Project teams can access open APIs, services, business processes, open data, and applications and compose the assets into new solutions. The operations model safely shifts the center of project responsibility to project individuals and business units while maintaining IT as a more valued business partner. IT maintains responsibility for policy compliance, serves as a trusted technology advisor, and mentors teams on IT capability usage. Corporate IT delivers ‘solution accelerator packs’ that decrease time to market, reduce development hurdles, and cost effectively implements corporate policy.
How are you building a pragmatic, open source driven game plan that incorporates New IT approach vectors, Open DevOp PaaS, Open APIs, and Open Ecosystems?
Join me at the Open Source Business Conference on April 29-30 to learn more about the New IT plan and network with open source community leaders. The conference covers the open source strategic challenges that IT management deals with on a daily basis.