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3 Keys to Harmonious IT Delivery: Cloud, Agile and Composite Applications

JudyRedman ‎09-20-2011 12:56 PM - edited ‎09-20-2011 01:34 PM

piano keys.jpgIf your enterprise is like most, you’re probably pursuing three key delivery trends that are changing the way enterprise IT brings applications to market: Agile development, composite applications and cloud computing. These initiatives share two primary objectives: cost reduction and better, faster outcomes. All three trends are intended to strip the latencies from traditional delivery and provide results that are more responsive to the business.


But are you doing so in concert? Pursued together, these trends present certain harmonies that significantly amplify their advantages.


The Application Delivery Trifecta: Agile, Composite and Cloud


  • Composite applications and cloud development prize the durability of services, helping to ensure that components perform well while remaining secure and resilient. Because both cloud and composite facilitate the exposure of services and subcomponents for use by other applications, their shared priority is for components to remain trustworthy in a variety of different contexts.
  • Agile development and composite applications align in their aim for modularity. They resist large and change-resistant monoliths—whether in terms of project plans or application architectures—in favor of discrete, bounded units that can be built, tested and delivered to production quickly.
  • Agile development and cloud overlap in the aim of responsiveness to change. Agile projects are designed to anticipate rather than resist change and to be able to pivot accordingly. The “always on” aspect of  cloud computing can facilitate this aim by reducing or eliminating the time to provision application environments, a key source of latency and inter-departmental squabbles.


But problems arise when IT application delivery trends s are pursued in silos, as independent strategies. This tendency means that instead of harmony, the risks in each initiative begin to amplify the risks of the others. 


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About the Author


Judy Redman has been writing about all areas of technology for more than 20 years.

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