That focus on innovation could be with reference to things like getting new products and services to market, creating customer intimacy and acquiring new customers, meeting spikes in customer demands for products and services, and overall differentiation in the industry. Essentially, what they told us was that the biggest hurdle to innovation was the ability to drive funding from an internal standpoint. So that led us to the question of: How do companies free up overall funding within their organisations?
We had been looking at the overall instant-on enterprise.
One of the components getting our clients to that vision is to talk about how we unlock the value that is currently locked up in low value added applications. Seventy percent of IT budgets today are locked up in maintaining those applications and in operating them. So for the most part, CIOs and business leaders that we talk to need to get a better handle on the applications they have today—the importance of these applications in supporting the businesses they drive, and how to make those applications more responsive, flexible and able to support that overall innovation agenda.
The announcements that have come out today are really a series of software, services and solutions designed to assess, modernise and manage enterprise applications. What we want to help our customers do is drive overall cost reductions that then free up resources for them to put back into innovating for their companies. That’s the imperative.
The announcements we’ve specifically made run along the framework of assess, modernise and manage. For the assessment piece, we have announced a set of services around applications rationalisation and an underpinning of that service is the use of a product that we call APM, applications portfolio management, and software as a service. This particular set of services and the underlying software technology is something that we’re going to be utilising with clients to help them understand their applications portfolio and then help them to develop a transformation roadmap.
The second area, overall applications modernization, is a set of transformation services, and those transformation services are primarily focused on Windows 7 platform.
And the third set of services are in the management area, which is about making sure that, in the hostile environment we face in the applications arena, our clients have the ability to maintain application security across the entire breadth of their infrastructure—so it is pretty much based on Application Security Centre 9.0 and Fortify 360 real-time hybrid analysis.
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