Business agility isn't just a good idea, it's the new normal. And the role of IT is to enable agility. Business happens in real time these days, driven by global e-commerce, social media networks and consumer IT. Companies have to be agile to keep up with what's going on, and that requires developing IT architectures that allow them to respond quickly as situations change.
The challenge for IT groups is to figure out how to plug their companies into these e-commerce and social media networks -- and then keep them plugged in even as technology and business processes evolve at an accelerating and unpredictable rate. Contemplating this challenge is likely to give you a headache. The job seems impossible. Yet this is what IT pros get paid to do. So let's look at a model of agile IT architecture to guide us in this endeavor.
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