Unlike in the past, where IT and business groups worked in silos, now IT plays an active role in formulating business strategies, executing them and anticipating future business direction and requirements. This collaboration is not just desirable but necessary.
The Accenture Technology Vision 2015 report maps out five key trends that show how enterprises have been transforming into digital businesses. Here's a snapshot of them:
As everyday objects are going online, so, too, are experiences. Forward-thinking businesses are changing the way they build new applications, products, and services.
The push to go digital is amplifying the need for humans and machines to do more, together. Advances in natural interfaces, wearable devices, and smart machines will present new opportunities for companies to empower their workers through technology.
Increasingly, platform-based companies are showing strong growth and profitability. Rapid advances in cloud and mobility are eliminating the technology and cost barriers associated with such platforms, and are opening up this new playing field to enterprises across industries and geographies.
Until now, software has been geared to help employees make better and faster decisions. With the influx of big data, advances in processing power, data science, and cognitive technology, though, software intelligence is helping machines make better informed decisions.
Business and technology move at a high speed and companies and people need to reinvent themselves constantly. Innovation is the answer and one needs to proactively bring bold, new ideas to clients and to organizations.
Software is now a key driver of differentiation and innovation. It's a gateway to new services and new revenue streams, seamless customer experiences and expansion into new markets. To succeed amidst disruption, companies must respond by changing the way they design, build and use software.
Within Accenture, we have a strong culture of innovation. We encourage employees to work on integrating emerging technologies into new solutions and services, and strive to find ways to proactively present bold and new ideas to our clients.
Some of these ideas include three new application strategies–liquid, intelligent and connected – that define the way companies are changing their view of software:
Liquid applications are assembled by leveraging modular architectures, next-generation integration techniques and a cloud-first, mobile-first mindset.
Intelligent applications can comprehend, act and learn. They offer the three critical capabilities of intelligent automation, integrated analytics and self-governance.
Connected applications extend company boundaries through software. They provide companies with the technical means to interface with business partners and customer ecosystems, and with the Internet of Things
Learn more about why companies need these new application strategies and a new operating model to shape their future.
At the Accenture Application Services Innovation Center in India, we showcase the full spectrum of our application services to clients on a live production floor. The Center provides our clients with next-generation governance, intelligent tooling-based analytics, IT-driven business strategy and more.
Some companies really know technology. They live it every day and know more than others. When businesses want to transform and become high performers, they take the help of such companies.
What makes such companies stand out?
They have vision – they know what's next, what to make of it, and how it's going to impact businesses.
They have the differentiated capabilities. They adopt, adapt, update and build the right tools.
They have the right environment for innovation. it's in their DNA. They nurture ideas, because that's where the future lies.
Most importantly, their people are future-ready. Everyone stays abreast of what's new, getting trained and building their skills. Without people who stay at the forefront of technological innovations, transformation is not possible.
What can you do to become future ready?
Align your technology skills with industries.
Understand clients–this skill will set the stage for a successful career.
Understand the business you're in and then up-skill yourself regularly to stay relevant.
Recognize new roles that are available and how they map back to the technology skills that you have and can learn.
With application development quickly adapting to the pace of digital technology and companies responding rapidly to new opportunities and threats, there's an emergence of four new roles:
Platform director: Applications must be easy to update or replace. They require a modular architecture and one way to create this is through emerging software platforms. Such platforms require a platform director: someone responsible for architecting and executing strategies and then managing the work on that platform.
Citizen developer: Thanks to software components that can be easily sourced and assembled, technologies that automate parts of the software development cycle and open platforms that provide access to existing capabilities, anyone–not just IT–can develop software solutions. In other words, everyone (potentially) is a citizen developer, and they can be inside or outside of a company.
Ecosystem builder: software is moving from a supporting function to helping drive business strategy. By adopting a borderless business mindset, a company is able to collaborate with partners, suppliers and even competitors in the delivery of new products and services to the market. Ecosystem builders are in charge of facilitating and coordinating all of these relationships and identifying new business opportunities.
Intelligence architect: Intelligent applications are meant to work with minimal human intervention. Companies need to embed software intelligence everywhere in their applications and processes to manage growing volume, velocity and complexity, and to maximize the business value of internal and external data, including that from the physical world. Creating such applications will require a new kind of architect: an intelligence architect.
At Accenture, we help you become future ready–we guide you in leveraging your skills, building new ones and staying at the forefront of technological innovations.
At Accenture, we're looking for people who are future-ready to join us.
If you are an experienced professional, browse through open opportunities with Accenture in India, and be part of a team that's one step ahead.
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