Do Digital Businesses Require New Thinking Today?

Do Digital Businesses Require New Thinking TodayAhead of next week’s presentation of the Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit, David Mitchell Smith, vice president and Gartner Fellow, is sharing his thoughts on modern enterprise apps, which are changing dramatically due to mobile and cloud pressures.

This not only drives the need to change application development practices, but it changes the nature of what is delivered to users, Smith says.

When asked how the architecture of enterprise applications must change for organizations to be fully adopting the Nexus of Forces, Smith sets an insightful tone.

“In order to fully leverage the Nexus of Forces,” he says in a new interview, “architectures must be as flexible as possible. The intersections of these disruptive forces catalyze innovations and changes that are difficult or impossible to predict. Therefore, agility and flexibility should be prized characteristics – more so than traditional focus on stability, reliability and security. Not that the latter are not important, but they should not be prioritized over the agility because without it, the benefits will be elusive.”

And what must organizations change in their application strategy to become a digital business?

Digital business requires new thinking, Smith asserts.

“The resultant application strategies that will enable the transition will rely on four principles,” he concludes, “1) overturn assumptions, 2) bypass everything, 3) be open to serendipity, and 4) use adaptive technologies. You are going to have to accept some chaos and become more fluid in approaches to address the issues.”

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