Applications Building Blocks

Need for Continuous
Fast Development

A customer-centric digital strategy requires companies to break down internal and external system boundaries: integrating new products to legacy back-office systems and connecting enterprise data assets to external services and platforms. Corporate IT must find the means to both speed and scale this boundary breaking without creating unnecessary complexity, effort, or risk. There are three key ways that IT can achieve this.



1. Apply Modular
Design Techniques

Digital businesses demand rapid, continuous delivery and modification of solutions. In order to enable iterative deployment, applications portfolios must shift from monolithic applications to more building blocks such as APIs and microservices. APIs extend the development ecosystem so new solutions can take advantage of existing data sets and apps, easing development and integration. Microservices lead to modular application design, allowing IT to respond quickly to business needs. Together APIs and microservices enable IT to quickly respond to changing business needs.

2. Promote APIs

Solution delivery is no longer solely the realm of corporate IT but is increasingly open to vendors, business unit delivery teams, and “citizen developers.” APIs and microservices enable greater interoperability across the portfolio, expanding opportunities for distributed solutions delivery. In this model, IT facilitates third-party delivery by providing the APIs and microservices others can build off of and connect to. The best IT development groups focus on making these applications “building blocks” accessible and consumable.

3. Fund Platforms and Digital Foundations

To support continuous investment in digital products, organizations are rethinking their technology funding models – mechanisms to allocate, prioritize and track technology spending. As they do so, budget ownership and accountability are increasingly split between business areas and IT. These new digital foundations are funded and prioritized by IT but remain informed by enterprise objectives and business capability investments. Organizations should look for opportunities to build foundational capabilities (e.g., cloud-based infrastructure) that support enterprise level scale and speed objectives.

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