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  • Agile development is about loosening controls, operating in a more iterative way, and constantly adapting, adjusting and pivoting based on changes in the market.

  • Is it an odd couple or a match made in heaven? We're talking about the recent Apple and IBM announcement that the two companies have formed a global partnership to sell software, hardware and services to enterprise customers. IBM will migrate more than 150 of its business and big data apps to Apple's iOS platform and will sell iPhones and iPads to its global business customers. As part of the media hoopla, Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty told CNBC that the two companies were like "puzzle pieces" that fit perfectly together. Such mutual admiration distances the tech giants from the "fightin' words" of the past, when Apple's celebrated "1984" ad took swipes at IBM. "Apple is perceived to be the only hope to offer IBM a run for its money," said the late Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, in 1983 when he previewed the ad. "Dealers … fear an IBM dominated and controlled future. They are increasingly turning back to Apple as the only force that can ensure their future freedom." Well, it's time to forgive and forget, right? With these two powerhouses teaming up, we've compiled the following intriguing facts about Rometty and Cook, along with selected quotes from the two CEOs. They were compiled from a number of online news accounts and resources.

  • Demand for enterprise software is soaring, according to the latest research from Gartner. The worldwide IT spending growth forecast remains reasonably healthy at 2.1 percent ($3.7 trillion) for the year, findings reveal. That's down from prior projections of 3.2 percent. A reduction in growth expectations for devices, data center systems and IT services is accounting for the slight decline. In contrast, spending in the enterprise software market is on pace to total $321 billion this year, a 6.9 percent increase from 2013.  "Price pressure based on increased competition, lack of product differentiation and the increased availability of viable alternative solutions has had a dampening effect on the short-term IT spending outlook," says Richard Gordon, managing vice president at Gartner. "However, [we] will see a return to 'normal' spending growth levels as pricing and purchasing styles reach a new equilibrium. IT is entering its third phase of development, moving from a focus on technology and processes in the past to a focus in the future on new business models enabled by digitalization." The forecast is based on an analysis of sales of thousands of vendors representing the entire range of IT products and services.

  • The chain of music stores turns to a cloud solution to aid in onboarding, managing talent pools, providing training and addressing other staff development tasks.

  • One of the nation's leading financial institutions turns to a DevOps approach to speed development and improve results, enabling it to run IT as a business.

  • The majority of worldwide organizations today are either deploying or plan to deploy platform-as-a-service (PaaS) technologies, according to a recent survey from Progress, an app development and data integration software company. These organizations are finding that PaaS is increasing productivity and innovation capabilities, while saving costs. In addition, integration turnover time is being greatly reduced. All of this supports the trend of departments—including those outside the IT organization—adopting what's called a "develop your own application" (DYOA). "It's never been easier to develop an application that can allow your business, a department or even a specific individual to be more productive, regardless of your coding skills," says Matt Robinson, vice president, of technology at Progress. "However … there's still a huge appetite to be able to improve these cycles by making them quicker and better. The benefits of using a rapid application development PaaS to improve speed and productivity should not be lost in the excitement of the DYOA age." Approximately 700 global IT decision-makers took part in the research.