Achieving IT Agility: 4 Steps To Start Your Journey

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IT agility is about far more than adopting agile development practices. It requires a complete rethinking of your entire IT organization in order to help your company achieve the digital transformation needed to survive. That's the conclusion of a new report from The Hackett Group, which identifies four key steps to take as you begin your journey toward IT agility.

What can your IT organization do to help your company achieve digital transformation? That's the focus of a report from management consulting firm The Hackett Group Four Imperatives for Creating IT Agility in a Digital Age. The report tackles the many challenges facing IT organizations in a business environment that's going through rapid digital disruption.

We're seeing the effects firsthand in our reporting. The company's Christian Meissner, head of global corporate and investment banking for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, hit the nail on the head last week in his opening presentation at the company's 2016 Technology Innovation Summit. "Technology has gone from being an important part of our business, to being absolutely core to what we are about."

Earlier this month, Gartner identified traditional, core IT systems as one of five areas crucial to the operation of a digital enterprise. Meanwhile, Accenture warned that IT is at risk of being marginalized as the use of external cloud services increases.

[Don't do it like this. Read 8 Ways to Fail at DevOps.]

The Hackett Group noted that with limited net new funding available for IT, "support of digital transformation activities must be funded through reallocation of resources freed up through improved efficiency of delivery of existing services, largely infrastructure provisioning and application maintenance and support."

According to the report, IT must continuously transform its service delivery model to improve agility. It must be able to respond to shifting demands and opportunities. The Hackett Group report identifies four steps IT can take to cement its role as a facilitator of enterprise digital transformation:

It's not easy. But once agility efforts get underway, "IT organizations can see marked improvements fast," according to the report. "Early wins can free up resources, enabling IT to better support digital transformation, including improvement of analytics capabilities [and] supporting [the] development of client-facing systems and mobile initiatives."

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