With budgets and headcount at pre-2008 levels, IT leaders struggle to allocate their limited development resources among new initiatives that will transform the business and upgrades of legacy applications to keep them relevant to a demanding and mobile user base. At the same time, leaders face greater pressure to reduce time-to-market and increase return on investment.
Something must change. In today's hyper-competitive business environment, the old way of approaching development projects consumes too much time, labor, and budget. And no IT leader wants to be perceived as a roadblock to the timely launch of innovative business initiatives.
For many businesses, the answer lies in the cloud-specifically, high-performance platforms for development and deployment of applications. In this white paper, Frost & Sullivan examine the cloud's role in application development and delivery, and provide tips for evaluating solutions. They also review IBM Rational solutions for Cloud Computing-a comprehensive solution that allows enterprise developers to leverage cloud technologies in three ways: leveraging the cloud to deliver software solutions; using cloud-based tools and platforms to develop applications that will run in the cloud; and providing a software development platform hosted in the cloud.
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