Yet another term that is being used by the technology sector! Like so many other expressions generated by the ICT sector, this can leave people confused or in some instances mislead.
So what is it? What does it mean? What are the benefits?
Agile computing was a term first coined to describe a new methodology of approaching software development projects and as the name implies enables projects to be delivered in a timely and effective way by enabling the developers to be far more responsive and proactive with the needs of the organisations that they were working for.
The key issue is to be able to take advantage of any available resources required, for example where perhaps at certain times some resources are not fully utilised. Of course, there is a greater need in current economic conditions to maximise opportunities including those of resources and especially skills that might not always be readily available.
Agile computing is no longer restricted as a methodology for use by the development community or for organisations that require such methodologies, but for the computing environment in general. Companies can no longer afford to have resources sat idly by waiting for when they might be required. This is not simply about people as a resource but about networks, infrastructure and software.
The whole notion of ‘cloud computing’ is defined whereby the Internet is used as a system of delivering information, software and other services - www.conjungo.com
Being ‘agile’ means being able to use all resources as and when required and not having to use them and therefore pay for them when not being used. Cloud computing has been a major sea change within the tech sector and as a result has had a massive impact upon companies who have embraced it, whether a large enterprise or a small company.
Companies or indeed individuals no longer need to pay for services or software that they rarely use or don’t use all the time; it is a case of paying for what you use whether it might be software, hosting or other infrastructure. This ultimately means that such resources can be used and shared by others. It’s better for the environment and it’s better for the ‘bottom line’.
Quite simply it’s a far more effective way of using technology to drive your business.
By Ben Weiner, CEO, Conjungo