Alexander Eck, Stefan Keidel, Falk Uebernickel, Thomas Schneider, Walter Brenner
This article explores IT resources that can plausibly contribute to increased agility in the creation of new or adaptation of existing information systems (IS), while keeping operational risks under control. Embedded in the empirical context of a large financial company and on the example of an IT achitecture design we demonstrate how such IT resources can be derived systematically. To this end we first apply a portfolio technique to characterize the problem space. From this analysis we derive four target dimensions – namely speed, costs, risk, and scale – to which all subsequent design decisions contribute. We then present a possible IT architecture for systems delivery resulting from these design decisions. Finally we discuss three selected opportunities to increase organizational agility following an implementation of the previously described IT architecture.