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melanie - 3/6/2012 9:18:00 AM
   
Agile Thinking - How to leverage existing technology to gain a competitive advantage
Mission-critical applications are the lifeblood for most large enterprises, which often rely on mainframes for data and transaction processing. While these systems are crucial for business operations, many organizations perceive them as a costly burden keeping enterprises from innovating and remaining competitive.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Legacy applications contain a wealth of knowledge and logic that can be leveraged to push businesses into surprising new directions. The problem many IT departments face, though, is learning how to do this without breaking the bank.

As Kristof Kloeckner, general manager of IBM Rational* Software, explains, this shouldn’t be an issue. Using the proper tools, techniques and collaborative teamwork, IT can combine existing code and knowledge with newer techniques and technology to speed delivery of new services. The results? Enterprises remain competitive and—somewhat counterintuitively—save money.

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