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Can Linux Unlock the Full Potential of Enterprise Applications?

Linux and Enterprise Applications

To plan for the future, we must understand how the past shaped the present. Take Earnest Elmo Calkins, for example. He was an American advertising executive, a pioneer in buying behavior and the innovator behind consumer engineering, the principle of replacing rather than reusing, repairing or repurposing products. That idea encouraged U.S. consumers to buy their country out of the Great Depression, but the concept of built-in obsolescence endures, especially in IT.

The Enterprise Challenge

Enterprises today are challenged by demands to move faster, deliver more and respond to digital business needs. Staying relevant in a rapidly changing landscape can be difficult for many organizations, but it’s especially difficult for enterprises. An enterprise’s size and typical infrastructure reduces its capacity to implement swift, effective change and deliver innovation.

So, should enterprises follow Calkins’ principle and junk long-established hardware and systems—particularly the older platforms—and start over?

Not so fast. A little engineering can repurpose long-established applications to uncover their enduring value and enable them for the future. For developers and IT managers, the right change can transform challenges into opportunities that keep the business ahead of the competition.

Enterprise IT generally adapts to pressure. But the pace of change in the software delivery cycle is lowering entry barriers and now favors new market entrants: smaller, more agile software startups that take their open-source and cloud solutions to market faster than unwieldy enterprises. This is natural selection, IT-style.

To fight back, successful enterprises must align their competitive advantage to new software delivery practices and technology innovations.

A Proven Solution

Digital disruption demands a tangible reaction. Some take an agile response. Others use a rigid structure to implement expansion or consolidation—whatever it takes to move faster, deliver more and effect digital transformation. Some decision-makers defeat the outdated Calkins principle by reusing longer-established technology, which can mean embracing Linux* technology.

Historically, edge-of-network Linux technology plugged gaps in the traditional AIX* OS. However, contemporary Linux technology is now running business-critical applications for many enterprises. IBM Power Systems* servers now support the OS and are equally capable at maintaining critical workloads.

Opportunity needs stability to succeed. Linux technology meshes well with the reliability, scalability and performance of the Power Systems platform, which is designed for enterprise workloads.

Ed Airey, a senior solutions marketing strategist at Micro Focus, is responsible for the company’s COBOL and mainframe technology lines.



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