Technology leaders are finding themselves in the middle of this extremely fast-paced and hyper-competitive business environment dealing with the ‘digital reality’ that is based on disruptive innovation, seizing business moments and new business models. They are realizing that traditional ways of developing and delivering software are insufficient to meet the unprecedented levels of speed and flexibility required by digital businesses.
The shortcomings imposed by traditional development and delivery practices are often tackled by adopting agile methodologies. These methodologies have surely alleviated speed and flexibility concerns for relatively small co-located teams but it has been a challenge to benefit from these practices across the enterprise. Attempts of large scale implementations often spawn new challenges in areas such as alignment with overall product vision, coordination across globally distributed teams, consistent architecture and integration practices, role of leadership and more, that eventually lead to delays, cost overruns, substandard products and a loss of revenue, reputation and relevance in the market.
The need of the hour is to take a look beyond a few projects and implement a practical approach that can circumvent the challenges with large scale agile implementations to create an 'agile enterprise' that delivers software with the flexibility and speed that the business needs.
Our goal is to make our clients agile and assist them as a trusted partner throughout their transformation journey that incrementally institutionalizes agile practices at the project, program and portfolio levels along with the cultural change required to adopt agile mindset.
The Unisys approach combines Scalable Agile Development Processes with Enterprise Grade DevOps and Automation to achieving Enterprise Scale Agility.
Adopting DevOps as a component of an Enterprise Agility Strategy addresses two key impediments – a current lack of collaboration and poor automation in application development and operations. DevOps not only removes the great divide between development and operations teams that has existed for ages (development teams strive to change, while operations resist change in favor or stability), but it also combines structured processes and automation to achieve faster throughput. This moves functions and features from development to production at greater speed with higher quality at a lower cost.
Unisys Enterprise Agile Transformation Framework is based on the methodologies, best practices, and tools that are based on the extensive experience gained from client engagements, our own engineering programs and Gold Level Partnership with the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®). The SAFe® framework combines both agile and lean principles and values to arrive at the specific practices and roles required across the enterprise to succeed in the agile journey.
Unisys DevOps component utilizes our DevOps framework. Built on experience and extensive research, it enables our clients to rapidly and effectively adopt DevOps across the entire application development lifecycle encompassing application environments, application development, and testing, and build and release automation. Once a client has adopted DevOps and established the necessary tools and infrastructure, Unisys DevOps Managed Services enable clients to continue their focus on strategic initiatives while the Unisys team ensures that the DevOps technology environment is always available and operating efficiently.
Unisys Enterprise Agile services enable our clients to evolve their software development and delivery practices to support very large, enterprise-scale programs in order to:
- Deliver higher quality business relevant applications enabled through shorter software delivery cycles and feedback loops.
- Improve time to market through faster software delivery.
- Shift-left security and risk management as part of DevOps and Agile Development Processes.
- Achieve a higher level of employee engagement and productivity.
By engaging Unisys to put in place an Enterprise Agile program based on the foundations of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®), our clients will be able to channel the efficiencies of multiple teams spread throughout the enterprise and drive them across multiple pathways to achieve the singular goal of creating sustainable business advantage.