New solutions need to be delivered more rapidly and in various incarnations, as the very notion of “user interfaces” is rapidly melting away. And although minimum viable products are the norm – thanks to the start-up community – the quality of applications need to be enterprise-level, as the trust balance of the organization is at undiminished risk.

The new application landscape is thus ready to be unleashed in two different ways:

  • Existing applications need to be rationalized, simplified, consolidated and decommissioned. One way or the other, what may have once been differentiating solutions for organizational growth, are now all too often petrified, budget devouring nuisances. Standard, industry-best-practice solutions from the cloud are a quick – though possibly disruptive – way to break the inertia. Loosely coupled layers on top of silo applications – through bots, APIs, robotic process automation – another.
  • New applications are rapidly built and released in DevOps-style: in quick iterations between business and IT, leveraging micro-services, APIs, software containers, server-less computing and radically automated, high-productivity tools. Built-in analytics, cognitive / AI and smart contracts further add to both the corporate IQ and the trust balance of the enterprise.

Time to unleash the power. Applications Are Go!