As businesses shift their application buying habits to prioritize agility and cost reduction over maintaining the “status-quo,” the market for cloud-based services and applications has grown. Along with it has come the ongoing search for faster, simpler ways to deliver technology enhancements. This has led many application vendors to adopt new delivery methods and new functionality.
In fact, in 2018, Oracle did just that when they announced that they’ll deliver all new functionality to customers running Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2, with the goal to introduce smaller, easier-to-consume updates to the existing release.
Known as the Continuous Innovation model, the announcement meant that EBS customers could finally say goodbye to the tedious, time-consuming, and complex upgrades they used to expect from Oracle.
What does the Continuous Innovation delivery model mean?
Continuous Innovation is a software development practice that deploys code change in small batches. Development, testing, feedback, security, and quality assurance run in a continuous cycle, making software delivery faster and more efficient. It enables businesses to update applications without the cost and disruption typically associated with a major upgrade.
This automated process benefits both the developer—who can automatically field-test new features and code—and the business, who receives upgrades (like new features and functionality) faster than in the traditional software release model.
What are the benefits of the Continuous Innovation delivery model?
Continuous Innovation can help large organizations become as lean, agile, and innovative as startups. Through reliable, low-risk releases, Continuous Innovation makes it possible to continuously adapt software in line with user feedback, shifts in the market, and changes to business strategy.
According to a recent survey, the top three reasons why businesses adopt the Continuous Innovation model are to improve product capabilities, keep up with competitors, and meet ever-changing customer demands. In that same survey, 81% of IT leaders agreed that Continuous Innovation helps organizations bring value to customers and meet business goals.
Here are the top benefits your business can expect from Oracle’s Continuous Innovation model:
1. You’ll benefit from enhanced speed.
Software is built, tested, and produced in short cycles, so it can be delivered to customers faster and more frequently. Smaller code changes also make updates easier for your business to handle, so you can adopt new releases quickly and without disruption. This shortened time-to-market helps you respond to market changes almost immediately, giving you a better chance of outmaneuvering the competition.
2. You’ll benefit from minimized risk.
Continuous Innovation minimizes disruptions to your business. Software updates become routine and predictable and shortens the time-to-value cycle.
3. You’ll gain more control.
Your business no longer has to wait to for major releases to get the market-driven features you need to succeed. Instead, your company has the flexibility to decide when to adopt new releases and how to manage your environment.
4. You’ll reduce costs.
Adopt enhancements when they meet your specific business needs, without needing to budget for new IT equipment or other resources typically associated with a major upgrade.
5. You’ll lower stress and improve productivity.
Align your IT department with line of business goals. With Continuous Innovation, your IT can schedule the adoption of software enhancements based on business needs rather than technology or end-of-support dates. This frees up your IT department to spend more time on business-critical functions and less on support.
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