There are global IT transformations underway that are introducing new paradigms while making old systems obsolete. Despite these changes, there are pockets of legacy systems that still exist today. The longevity of these systems is being ensured by the high cost of ownership that companies have paid or due to the applications that are dependent on them. However, these legacy systems cannot keep up with the way business functions today. Concepts like Business Agility and Mobility along with programs like BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) place heavy demands on the infrastructure. It’s only a matter of time before the legacy systems give way and break down.
If companies do not wake up to the importance of these changes, they could be soon left behind – redundant and outdated. Forward thinking companies should also take note of mobility as a powerful enterprise enabler and prepare to support varied devices and platforms.
The Mobile Landscape
In the past, applications were developed to work seamlessly with the available systems. They were designed and able to maximize the resources because parameters like usage and access were predefined and set. Today, the situation is different. Companies can no longer accurately predict the end user’s access device or the load that will be placed on the system. The point of access is also ambiguous as users can be working remotely from different geographies and networks.
Mobility and the Cloud
In light of the growing influence of mobility additional parameters need to be factored in while designing a system or application. Today, a large number of interfaces and platforms need to be supported to ensure that the system can be consumed by any person, anywhere. The cloud excels in this scenario as it is more open compared to traditional systems. By designing, developing and deploying systems in the cloud, applications can be accessed by many more devices and end user agents.
The cloud offers other benefits as well. It’s easier to manage and update applications on the cloud. The users of applications on the cloud have access to real time information. The usage of the application is also location independent. The cloud can also improve business agility and reduce expenses. But most of all, the biggest benefit of the cloud is its flexibility. The cloud can handle big variations in load and fluctuations in traffic seamlessly – without compromising on availability or performance.
As businesses continue to evolve and strive to meet ever increasing expectations from their stakeholders, they will need to embrace mobility to optimize their operations and remain agile. The cloud will be central to this endeavor. Company leaders will need to understand the cloud and realize the potential it offers to maintain their competitive edge in the market. Strategic planning and forethought about their direction will enable companies to adopt the cloud and transform their business with the power of mobility.