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Four Ways IT Headwinds Are Slowing Business Innovation

Matt Asay writes about the findings of a recent Forrester report, which finds that there are four main ways that IT hinders mobile innovation. In a nutshell, Asay thinks it is time for IT to get agile. And they better get agile quick.

Four Hindrances

  1. Architecture groups favor standardization over innovation.
  2. Software delivery teams don’t support continuous delivery of mobile apps.
  3. Tech organizations are understaffed.
  4. Tech leaders focus on projects, not products.

In larger companies, the desire to maximize economies of scale and minimize IT complexity might actually be causing problems instead of increasing efficiency. In a survey of 127 ecommerce professionals, 61 percent felt that IT was holding them back, and only 11 percent felt IT was pulling them forward. But Asay does not believe this is really IT’s fault, but perhaps rather business strategy that is not far-reaching enough has caused this disconnect between the business and IT. Asay says:

Summed up, IT organizations still treat applications as one-off projects with predictable, slow-and-steady release cycles. They treat technology as something that can be outsourced, rather than something that is fundamental to business success. As Forrester concludes, “the iterations and cycling on core mobile apps should come from an in-house product team, goaled on the ongoing success of the app as a product.”

Developers are taking from IT, and this trend may not reverse. This is because, unlike IT, developers do share a close relationship with the business. Developers seek out allies in business units for funding, and these business leaders are often happy to help, because they too have ideas but lack the time to follow through. Productive alliances of developers using funds provided by leaders can get the ball rolling on big things. Where does this leave IT? Well, it might leave IT needing to ally with developers themselves.

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