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Staying ahead in the applications arms race

Kenneth Arredondo, President & General Manager, Asia Pacific & Japan, CA Technologies | March 10, 2015
Besides CIOs, other high-level business decision makers across all functional groups should have the these four traits to successfully leverage the application economy.

Within Asia, almost half (43%) of the Leaders have already adopted DevOps, with a further 54% planning to adopt DevOps within the next 2 years.

Trait 2: Leaders see security as a business enabler
Traditionally, security is seen as a major challenge and inhibitor of application developments; a view echoed by 41% of respondents in Asia. This is completely understandable, given the number of high-profile security breaches over the last few years.

However, the difference between the Leaders and Laggards is that Leaders see an opportunity to leverage security as a business enabler. In fact, 97% of Leaders attributed better application security to the increased number of customers deploying their applications. Simply put, companies and end users are now far more sensitive and demanding of application security, thus being known for providing secure applications will go a long way in staying ahead of the competition.

Trait 3: Leaders manage IT as a business
This trait speaks directly to the changing role of the CIO and other traditional IT decision makers. Revenue is being increasingly generated through applications and other channels powered by technology - as such every company, regardless of industry, is becoming a software company.

In our conversations with companies, we have noticed a shift in IT budgets moving to non-traditional departments, such as marketing or sales. Even without formal technical training, these executives understand that technology is impacting them directly and are willing to bankroll these changes if necessary. Amongst Leaders, we are already seeing this greater awareness, with only 55% of line-of-business decision makers being completely satisfied with their IT department's ability to understand business needs. 

However, this does not mean that CIOs are no longer relevant. Instead, CIOs need to see their roles as more than just increasing productivity and cost-reduction. These senior IT leaders need to be able to understand business needs and help create new revenue generating models based on technology deployment.

Trait 4: Leaders adopt an enterprise-wide approach to mobility
Rather than approaching mobility as a standalone project, or as an add-on to existing projects, Leaders view mobility as a crucial component that is integrated across the enterprise. Increasingly, we hear that more stakeholders are part of the developmental process, to ensure that mobility initiatives are in sync and fully embraced by all relevant departments within an organization.

While this may translate into a longer timeline, a company-wide mobility strategy has been shown to improve customer satisfaction, employee productivity and increase revenue from customer-facing applications. In fact, 99% of Leaders have, or are looking to roll out company-wide mobility strategy within the next 2 years.

Who leads the charge?
Much like how the application economy will affect nearly all enterprises, so too will it affect the various stakeholders and departments within an organization. In the next few years, we will see traditional and non-traditional IT roles evolve. But, regardless of a company's eventual structure, a consolidated and company-wide approach, with a focus on IT as a revenue-generating business enabler, will be what sets Leaders apart in this applications arms race.


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