The adaptive organisation was set to be the central theme at the annual conference of analyst firm Meta Group in Barcelona this week. According to Meta, the future of corporate IT lies in re-usable software components from any machine or location - known as service architecture - rather than being tied to functionality embedded in a software package.
Other analyst firms have urged companies to become more agile "real-time enterprises" by using a service-oriented architecture. The new breed of architecture has the advantage of being able to re-use chunks of software across a business; it is faster to deploy and has lower long-term costs.
Middleware will also play an important part in helping companies become more adaptive, Meta said. Middleware is being used by a growing number of companies to link disparate databases and application servers.
"It is very much associated with adopting the right middleware," said Herb Van Hook, senior vice-president and director of research and fulfilment at Meta. "Applications themselves decompose and can be re-used."
Van Hook cited the automotive industry as an example of an adaptive organisation using innovative technology and business processes.