New Middle-Tier Competencies Enabling Digital Transformation
This IDC study infers that as digital transformation evolves in enterprises from ad hoc, experimental projects to repeatability, there is a need to create and manage new types of core competencies in the middle tier to improve the speed of delivery and quality of transformation outcomes. This study examines three key issues:What is the difference between digital transformation and the 3rd Platform, for example, cloud, social, mobile, and big data?What are the newer types of core competencies in the middle tier that help enable digital transformation, and why are these core competencies different from traditional enterprise middleware?How should enterprises think about adoption of their digital transformation middle tier to ensure the greatest possible return and assurance of success?"Digital transformation initiatives vary across industries and within an enterprise for a variety of reasons, but there is a surprising level of similar technical characteristics across initiatives. Because of those similarities, it is easier to build skills and common approaches as well as create a portfolio of common software tools and platforms to more broadly support DX, particularly in the middle tier where enterprises focus on enabling strategic differentiation," according to Maureen Fleming, vice president of IDC's Internet of Things: Analytics and Information Management and Business Process Management and Middleware research programs.
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