How Can Composability Make Your Infrastructure More Resilient?
When it comes to IT infrastructure, composability means designing IT systems in a modular way so that an organization can quickly adapt to changing business conditions with new applications or revamped processes, replacing certain pieces with others without undue impact on the rest of the environment.
The old way of doing business was to “focus on efficiency and assume an orderly, slow-changing and relatively predictable business environment,” explains Monika Sinha, a vice president and analyst with Gartner, in its 2022 CIO Agenda report. The new way is to understand that “the ‘new normal’ is disruption,” she says, and “organizations that lean into this reality” will outdeliver their peers.
In practical terms, this means rethinking the IT planning and budgeting process, moving away from static budgets formed during “budget season” that can’t grow with the business and instead using an iterative process so that tech leaders can respond to business conditions in real time.
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In most cases, this means spending more money on tech. In 2022, CIOs at high-composability enterprises expect IT budgets to grow, on average, 4.2 percent, compared with a 3.1 percent increase for moderate- and low-composability organizations. But it also means making more money, with composable organizations anticipating revenue increases of 7.7 percent, compared with 3.4 percent for their less composable peers.
What kinds of technologies do these more adaptable businesses invest in? Unsurprisingly, cloud is a popular investment, not only because it allows them to scale quickly, but also because it gives them access to a range of advanced services, from data analytics to machine learning.
“Composability needs to extend throughout the technology stack, from infrastructure that supports rapid integration of new systems and new partners to workplace technology that supports the exchange of ideas,” Sinha says.
All of this confirms what I’ve seen: The most effective organizations respond better to unexpected change because they take a modular approach to everything they do, starting with their IT stacks.