The majority of organizations envision themselves transitioning to a software-driven enterprise model—thus creating what's called an "app economy"—in the near future, according to a recent survey conducted by Oxford Economics for CA Technologies. The resulting report, "The Battle for Competitive Advantage in the App Economy," indicates that in order to make this change, companies are increasing their investments in mobile and API-enabled tech tools. In doing so, they seek to increase market share, while better developing new products and services. The biggest winner here (other than companies that distinguish themselves in this new environment) will be customers, who will benefit from a vastly improved buying experience. "A new kind of company, the software-driven enterprise, is redefining business strategy and performance," according to the report. "Across industries and around the world, these companies are leaders in the accelerating application economy, where code is king, and competitive differentiation depends on customer-pleasing apps and advanced development methods." A total of 200 senior business and IT executives who are involved in—or aware of—their company's advanced software strategies took part in the research.
When it comes to Windows 10, anticipation abounds: Microsoft reports that this version of its operating system will directly align with today's cloud- and mobile-driven world. Plus, it will be Internet of things (IoT) friendly, while accommodating both large and small devices. That said, it may take some time before Windows 10 dominates the enterprise, as a considerable majority of IT professionals report that their company will wait at least six months before deploying this OS, according to a recent survey from Adaptiva. Barriers include app compatibility and time investment, time constraints and the need to retrain staff, findings reveal. When they're ready to make the transition, many organizations will depend primarily on tools such as System Center Configuration Manager and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) to do so, rather than using third-party systems management software, according to the survey. Until they make the switch, the companies will stick with systems such as Windows 7 and Windows 8. (Very few still run Windows XP, for which extended support ended in April.) More than 185 IT professionals and managers took part in the research, which was conducted at Microsoft Ignite 2015.