Find Out What Agility Really Means

It's not just just flexible systems. CIOs need to get in touch with the broader definition of business agility in three areas: market, organization and process.

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Business and IT executives think about agility differently. For IT, agility is technology-focused, while non-IT leaders look for broad organization and leadership qualities that are difficult to implement. To understand agility, we need first to define what that means:

Business agility is the quality that allows an enterprise to embrace market and operational changes as a matter of routine.

An agile enterprise is change-proficient, whether that change is driven by market trends or is internal and operational. It responds quickly to both threats and opportunities, and executes change in a sustainable way. But few firms are at this level.

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