The New Application Delivery Playbook
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Super Bowl XLVIII will pit the Denver Broncos against the Seattle Seahawks. As always, it will be fascinating to see which coach guides his team to victory—and glory—thanks to a sound game plan ...

Super Bowl XLVIII will pit the Denver Broncos against the Seattle Seahawks. As always, it will be fascinating to see which coach guides his team to victory—and glory—thanks to a sound game plan and flawless execution, on the field and off.

In many ways, football is a great analogy for application development: the coach (CIO) implements a system (platform) and set of plays (methodology) to help his team march toward the goal (new apps). The reality, though, is that application development teams face countless challenges, making them underdogs in the big game. This playbook is designed to help you identify and overcome those obstacles, and execute a winning app delivery strategy.

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  • 1. The New Application Delivery Playbook: The CIO’s guide to executing a winning app strategy
  • 2. CIOs: Are You Ready for the Big Game? Super Bowl XLVIII will pit the Denver Broncos against the Seattle Seahawks. As always, it will be fascinating to see which coach guides his team to victory—and glory—thanks to a sound game plan and flawless execution, on the field and off. In many ways, football is a great analogy for application development: the coach (CIO) implements a system (platform) and set of plays (methodology) to help his team march toward the goal (new apps). The reality, though, is that application development teams face countless challenges, making them underdogs in the big game. This playbook is designed to help you identify and overcome those obstacles, and execute a winning app delivery strategy.
  • 3. The Score: App Dev is Getting Blown Out Application Delivery If application development was the Super Bowl, the IT team would be getting blown out. According to the Standish Group, 94% of large IT projects are either in trouble or fail altogether. Rather than suffer a humiliating defeat in the big game, let’s look at some of the team’s big challenges and how to overcome them.
  • 4. IT teams today are hard pressed to deliver new applications in tight timelines, whether to improve existing processes or to help the business innovate or capitalize on new opportunities. Yet, as you may be painfully aware, custom development projects plod along slowly, taking several months or even years. In today’s fast-paced world, this is simply unacceptable. And like a football team facing a much quicker opponent, it can feel like sucking wind. Play: Accelerate App Development Rather that getting outrun on every play, look for ways to speed up application development. Many CIOs are turning to visual modeldriven development (MDD), which teams find more intuitive, collaborative and quicker than traditional programming languages. A benchmark study by global system integrator Capgemini found MDD to be 5-6 times faster than C# and Java. By shrinking project timelines down to weeks or days, your team will march quickly toward the goal line, erasing any deficit along the way.
  • 5. To bring home the Super Bowl trophy, all players must be on the same page, working towards together a common goal. Application development is no different; yet, IT/business collaboration remains elusive. Consequently, the process of translating user requirements into working software is too complicated, lengthy, and costly. More often than not, the business doesn’t get what it needs and another project fails. Game over. Play: Bring IT and the Business Together Instead of keeping IT and the business on opposite ends of the bench, look for a platform that brings them closer together and keeps the entire team on the same page throughout the game. For instance, a platform with social collaboration and project management capabilities can help keep stakeholders aligned and engaged. Moreover, visual application models—like football play diagrams—are easily understood by the entire team, allowing developers and business users to jointly build and review applications to ensure better outcomes.
  • 6. Great quarterbacks like Peyton Manning are able to instantly read the defense and react accordingly. Unfortunately, this skill is lacking on most app dev teams. Although they may see changing business needs, they’re unable to react quickly enough. As Forrester Research notes, “what most firms lack is a predictable, stable approach to accommodating rapid change as the norm.” Play: Enable Agility & Flexibility In order to compete in today’s dynamic, fast-paced game, IT teams must possess extreme flexibility and agility. At any time, they must be able to quickly and easily call an audible—whether to accommodate evolving requirements during the development process, or to implement changes to applications in production. By doing so, they can deliver what the business needs before the play clock winds down, resulting in another loss of yardage.
  • 7. Off-field distractions have proven costly to the focus and productivity of many a football team. The same applies to development teams. While their focus should be on building great software, they frequently get bogged down with deployment issues, such as database and infrastructure set-up, security concerns, and more. Play: Eliminate Deployment Issues Keep your team focused on what really matters by completely removing infrastructure and deployment issues from the equation. One solution is an application platform as a service (aPaaS) that includes the entire technology stack and automatically manages operational tasks. With these platforms, applications can be deployed to the cloud literally with a single click. This way, your team can always keep their eye on the ball.
  • 8. Traditional application development approaches are like washed up athletes: while they might have been the ‘go to’ in years past, they’re now too old and too slow to compete with younger, faster players. Instead, they eat up budget and clock, producing almost nothing in return. As coach, it can be difficult parting ways with a player that may have served your team well in the past. But it’s time to shake things up and pave the way for your next rising star. Play: Sign the Emerging App Dev Star Forward-thinking CIOs are replacing traditional code-based development approaches with enterprise application platforms as a service (aPaaS) that combine visual model-driven development, social collaboration, enterprise integration, and secure cloud deployment. What they find is that these new players are faster, cheaper, and far more productive than their older counterparts.
  • 9. Revamp the App Delivery Offense A football team that is consistently struggling to score doesn’t just tinker with its offense; it completely overhauls the system. The same holds true for application development. Many CIOs have found that identifying incremental improvements simply isn’t enough. In order to win the app delivery game, they had to embrace an entirely new way of building and deploying applications. Who are these app delivery champions? You’ll see a few examples on the next page. But what they all have in common is their use of the Mendix App Platform.
  • 10. The App Delivery Champions Click helmets to learn more.