Issue 3, 2013
CIOs need to embrace business process management (BPM) and application Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) to reduce costs and accelerate enterprise innovation.
It’s hard to be Agile
In today’s rapidly changing business environment it is imperative that enterprises have the agility they need to quickly respond to evolving customer and competitive requirements.
Although most companies acknowledge the benefits of agility, speed and flexibility, in reality this has been difficult for IT organizations to achieve.
The numbers tell an interesting story—very little budget is left for true innovation; complexity is driving project cost and schedule overruns; and meeting ever-increasing expectations is difficult.
As much as 80 percent of the IT budget is consumed by maintenance and support of ongoing operations (source: Forrester)
In the US, 25 percent of IT projects are over budget and 34 percent are behind schedule (source: Forrester)
The average cost overrun is 43 percent (source: The Standish Group)
41 percent of projects fail to deliver the expected business value and ROI (source: TATA Consultancy survey)
The Long Tail of IT projects
Benefits for CIOs &
Benefits for Business & Subject Matter Experts
What is AgileApps Live?
AgileApps Live is a business process management and application platform-as-a-service (bpm + aPaaS) that allows the subject matter experts, as well as developers, to visually build and deploy application solutions. The AgileApps Live platform empowers business to have a better way to track and manage service requests, respond to incidents and resolve investigations.
Definition for the enterprise architect: AgileApps Live applications are built using a metadata-rich relational model of definable objects that are designed to articulate real business entities such as customers, contracts and computers. Each object has key attributes that describe its structure and relationships to other objects (including 1:M and M:M relationships). The web-based visual designer creates an application’s objects, fields and relationships. AgileApps Live applications are dynamically rendered using database metadata. There’s no code generation or file-based compilation. The metadata XML that defines your application includes the presentation, layouts, logic, processes, business rules, access definitions, services, automations, reports, dashboards, custom code and more.
Definition for the business user: AgileApps Live applications have a web user interface and are designed to empower subject matter experts to visually model and create a process-driven application in weeks rather than months. AgileApps Live applications have all the enterprise features users expect including a robust process modeler, flexible business rules, document assembly, drag and drop e-forms creation, customized reports, interactive dashboards, email/Facebook/Twitter integration, social collaboration and native mobile access.
By connecting the right people across an organization, coordinating activities and tasks, and tracking communications and decisions, AgileApps Live helps companies deliver a higher level of service, reduces costs and mitigates risk.
Benefits AgileApps Live provides IT budgets
The relentless assault on IT budgets requires that CIOs get the most from the 20 percent that’s left for new projects and driving innovation across the enterprise. AgileApps Live is the essential tool CIOs have been waiting for to better deliver business value by increasing competitiveness, reducing costs and increasing efficiency.
Compared to building, deploying and managing traditional application architectures, the costs savings of switching to AgileApps Live are significant (especially when factoring in hardware, software licenses and personnel responsible for maintaining systems). The cost of AgileApps Live, like any Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering, is scalable to the needs of the organization.
Adding predictability to the budget
You can create as many applications as you want on AgileApps Live. Cost will only change as you add users. This scalable pricing adapts to organizational changes letting you pay as you grow. By creating multiple applications, each organization will develop an economy of scale that improves the overall value of each user license.
AgileApps Live delivers a fast ROI because the cost savings are immediate when compared to traditional homegrown, self-built, self-managed infrastructure. AgileApps Live applications can be visually changed and optimized throughout the development cycle and can go live the second they are finished. Companies can use AgileApps sandboxing features to implement test, release processes to ensure software quality.
Provide adaptability & reuse
Multiple applications can be built on AgileApps Live and can be shared and repurposed across the enterprise—investments made for one project can be leveraged by another, integrations for one project can be used by another, custom code and components can also be shared. A common user experience and compatibility with enterprise single sign-on makes access a breeze and shortens the time it takes for users to learn and become productive on each new application.
AgileApps Live helps enterprises ensure that information access rules and policies are met. As shown in Figure 1, administrators have fine-grain control of application access, role, team and user permissions to determine who can view, update, and change the application.
Figure 1: Administrators have fine-grain control
Outsource the infrastructure and platform
Many large enterprises are already accustomed to outsourcing their applications using companies such as Salesforce.com, Workday and NetSuite. AgileApps Live offers CIOs the same flexible and commonly used SaaS model but for a business process and application platform-as-a-service. The platform enables technically capable business users to create their own applications, without ever writing a line of code, reinforcing the business’s ability to adapt. IT can offload simple projects and customizations as well as control who is certified and eligible to make changes.
AgileApps Live is available as a hosted service. However, as CIOs manage their application portfolio there could be business circumstances such as regulatory and legal compliance issues, IT control and governance issues, or geo-political considerations, where an on-premises deployment is preferable. Whatever your reasons, you can have the productivity and flexibility benefits of AgileApps Live also hosted on your private cloud.
Is your organization ready?
The real value delivered from IT is in its ability to help focus resources and solve business problems. AgileApps Live helps IT become consultants and partners with business line managers by helping them quickly streamline processes, share data, increase collaboration and access information wherever they go.
The challenge has always been how to cost effectively deliver information solutions that help the business succeed and positively impact the enterprise. With AgileApps Live, IT can provide its constituents with innovative, lightweight, easy-to-manage ways to streamline processes and information sharing while moving the organization to a unified platform. Together, each of these applications can significantly improve the operations of a company.
What to do next?
Software AG provides the AgileApps Live business process management and application platform-as-a-service expressly to address these issues and opportunities.
Visit www.agileappslive.com today to download your free trial, view a demonstration video, or set up a meeting with a Software AG consultant who can show you how AgileApps Live is a better way to create situational, process-driven and case management applications.