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IT agility: Taking on a new urgency (Transcript)

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Agility is the name for "an old and persistent idea:" IT as the driver of change. Read the transcript of a video interview on IT transformation between John Gallant, Chief Content Officer for IDG Enterprise, and Bill Laberis, Editorial Director at IDG Enterprise.

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Daniel Bobke 7 Points | Fri, 08/26/2011 - 17:11
The dictionary defines agility thusly -  the quality or state of being agile : nimbleness, dexterity.  When you operate with agility, you are being described as being quick, responsive, light on your feet.  I agree with Paul that when the businesses that we serve don't get what they really need from our services, then they most certainly will look elsewhere.  We need to deliver to the business in the same way we would expect a service we use as consumers to perform.  If we remember this, then agility is automatically part of the culture.
Paul Calento 255 Points | Sun, 06/26/2011 - 23:11

Here's another definition for "agility" - openness to good decisions ... whether its Target implementing server virtualization or SunGard Higher Education opting for the cloud instead of a new data center. However, the term itself is often used by CIOs and IT execs to show they "get it" while continuing with status quo IT. Perhaps the cloud is changing the agility equation. After all, its pretty easy for a business exec to bypass IT when they aren't getting what they need. IT can't say 'no' anymore. There's a desire for Instant-On results. Perhaps cloud is the catalyst and agility the result.

--Paul Calento

(note: I work on projects sponsored by and HP)

John Dodge 1517 Points | Mon, 08/29/2011 - 13:20

I think at the end of the day, competition is driving agility. If an enterprise is unable to respond to a worthy and time-sensitive opportunity, they are, by definition, uncompetitive.