Ideally, enterprises that are not in the business of IT should not have servers of any kind on their premises. Lean and mean Small and Medium (SMB) with “lean thinking” manifestos must make agile methodologies the cornerstone of their technology infrastructure.
A customer centric iteration with a rapid adoption of agile cloud computing at the core, leverages new skill sets derived from vendor developed platforms. Low burn rates manifest even in the early days of the transformation as SMBs operate only what IT they have to. This change translates to-using existing infrastructure optimally, transmitting data over the Internet to remote servers and accessing information from anywhere, anytime using any kind of device.
Agile computing is subject to real time efficiency checks. Authenticated Users sitting at remote locations access enterprise information and put the technology to test. Consequently, developers are forced to guess at customer requirements and create the necessary interfaces that deliver to demand. “Continuous improvement” is the resultant imperative and vendors in the research mode look ahead of the customer in finding technologies and methodologies that support rapid development and deployment of new software or patches.
Cumbersome distribution requirements vanish with agile cloud computing scenarios. Patches or software or updates—what you will—are distributed seamlessly and automatically across broad customer bases with little or no effort. New distributions installed on remote servers become available to users instantly and agent or collector software, trigger upgrades on thousands of computers accessing the server and using the software. The software update is ready to fire, the moment the system powers-on and data backups or data restores happen in the modified environment with no interruption to or intrusion into the customer’s all important business activity.
Benefits of agile computing are predictability, transparency and energy. Cloud based agile technologies make backup schedules more predictable and systematic, while keeping decisions flexible. Access logs can be maintained and monitoring becomes a matter of clicking the mouse button a few times using intuitive graphical user interfaces. Real time computing scenarios makes reassessment or reprioritization a possibility; creates a strong conduit for the user community and enforces value as the IT delivers what it promises.
Agile computing, as the cornerstone of technology development in the cloud, recaptures the spirit of creativity and infuses energy into the computing systems in use. Centralized decision making processes push technology development to the vendor and business decision making to the customer to create a meaningful work environment in which the vendor and the customer work as a team to acquire tangible benefits.