Application Containers: What Business Leaders Need to Know

If you’re a CIO, CTO, or a general business leader, you’ve probably come to terms with the fact that “digital transformation” is both an overused marketing buzzword and a real mandate—with very real implications for your organization and, frankly, your own career.

Application Containers

Gartner recently put it in stark terms when it predicted that, by 2020, half of the CIOs who have not transformed their teams’ capabilities will be displaced from their organizations’ digital leadership teams.

You’re likely also aware that in a world famously being eaten by software the road to innovative products and services for customers, citizens, students, patients—whoever matters to you—increasingly runs through your application development team. More than ever, as your development and IT teams go, so goes the organization.

So how do you empower developers and IT to rise to the occasion and become an efficient engine of digital innovation?

The Role of Containers and DevOps in Digital Transformation

Shadow-Soft engineers are hearing growing enthusiasm from our customers around application containers, microservices, DevOps, and related technologies and concepts. Without getting too deep into the technical weeds, a containerized environment on the right platform gives developers the ability to create, deploy, and manage applications in shorter cycles, using the coding languages and tools they want. Meanwhile IT operations gets what it needs: infrastructure security, scalability, and flexibility. The result is better collaboration between developers and IT and faster time to market with new applications and services.

Red Hat OpenShift: A Low-Risk Path to Faster Application Development

A leading solution for this is the Red Hat® OpenShift Container Platform Deployable Solution Architecture (DSA). Essentially, it’s a validated reference architecture for a containerized environment built on technology from Red Hat, Intel, and Lenovo®. Among the benefits of going with OpenShift for this type of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution is that IT can make the transition to containers and DevOps while minimizing risk and infrastructure costs. Developers are happier and more productive, IT is reassured, and the business is positioned to compete in the evolving digital economy.

You can learn more about how OpenShift accelerates application development—and innovation—in a 15-minute call with one of our experts.