9 Ways Modern Business Applications Create Business Agility
John Mancini

By: John Mancini on October 31st, 2016

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9 Ways Modern Business Applications Create Business Agility

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Today, in the enterprise, nothing is ever at rest; everything is fast, and getting faster. From critical business processes, ECM and capture, to human resource management, marketing, or email—everything seems to be running at a breakneck pace. Work is always working, even if we aren’t.  Business agility is the coin of the realm.

Attempts to keep up with the increasing speed of the enterprise through business process automation have, conversely, slowed things down. This is no truer than when looking at information management in isolation. Many organizations apply the same strategies and deployment architectures for information management and business process automation that would have been used a decade ago.

For better or for worse, enterprise software expanded its footprint at a staggering clip over the past few decades, reaching $308 billion in 2015. This number includes enterprise application software totaling $137 billion (ERP, CRM, BI, etc.), as well as infrastructure software (database management systems, middleware and custom application development) totaling $171 billion. These two markets have behaved almost symbiotically — each fueling the other’s growth and dependency on one another.

However, this era of complex and monolithic enterprise software dominance is nearing its end. Business apps — fast, flexible, easy-to-build applications that streamline work and pull your information and systems together — introduce an entirely new way to approach the question of business process automation and generate business agility.  Modular business applications have the power to span an organization, drive business outcomes and deliver true competitive advantage. They can be rapidly built, easily adapted and are powerful enough to scale across siloed business systems and data.

Forrester has defined an entirely new category of software called “smart process applications” (as an extension of traditional BPM) to describe technology that will allow companies to act fast, alter course quickly, and empower their people to collaborate, make quick and informed decisions and make the adjustments necessary for business to succeed. Analysts at Research and Markets predict this market will reach $43.28 billion by 2020 and that the growth expected comes at the expense of traditional custom software development.

So how are modern business applications different from traditional approaches?  Here are 9 ways they work to create business agility.

9 Ways Modern Business Process Automation Applications Are Different From Legacy Applications

  1. Inherently agile
  2. Leverage the power of existing investments without the pain of custom software development
  3. Allow for rapid and collaborative composition of process-driven solutions that are highly customizable
  4. Can be applied to nearly any type of business process
  5. Meet the varying needs of unique environments
  6. Are designed with the end user in mind
  7. Give real-time access to offsite and onsite users alike
  8. Achieve seamless integration with existing line-of-business applications
  9. Retain the security and integrity of underlying sources of information

Find out more in The Agile Enterprise – A Welcome Change (http://info.aiim.org/the-agile-enterprise).

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About John Mancini

John Mancini, president and CEO of AIIM, is an author, speaker, and respected leader of the AIIM global community of information professionals. He is a catalyst in social, mobile, cloud, and big data technology adoption and an advocate for the new generation of experts who are driving the future of information management. John predicts that the next three years will generate more change in the way we deploy enterprise technologies and whom we trust with this task than in the previous two decades. His passion about the evolution of information workers into information analysts spurred John to establish the Certified Information Professional (CIP) program to enable anyone, anywhere to benchmark and develop new and strategic skills. His commitment to education includes the continual development of leading-edge training and publishing of ongoing industry research to help guide new thinking. As a frequent keynote speaker, John offers his expertise on the transformational challenges and opportunities facing information professionals and attracts over 100,000 visitors annually to his blog Digital Landfill. He has published six e-book titles including “#OccupyIT — A Technology Manifesto for Cloud, Mobile and Social Era” and the popular “8 Things You Need to Know About” e-book series. He has a Klout score in the high 60s, is ranked #5 in online SharePoint influence by harmon.ie and #42 in the KnowledgeLake SharePoint Influencer50. John can be found on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook as jmancini77.