The trend towards Cisco solution-based software development cycles/system approaches has created opportunities for organizations to plan, evaluate and execute a Cisco product software upgrade strategy that more closely aligns to the proactive business needs of the organization as opposed to reactive single-product approaches. The decision to upgrade should be based on business need and relevancy across technologies in order to achieve the optimal result. As this approach considers more than one technology/product and is business focused it can be thought of as a holistic software upgrade approach.
The significance of this approach is two-fold. First it allows for the operational efficiencies gained from a better orchestrated software upgrade strategy (along with the associated baselining of outdated code) and more significantly it allows organizations to identify increased productivity/marketplace opportunities and holistically adopt the associated software solution(s) in order to meet the related goals.
There are many factors to consider when adopting this type of software upgrade approach. The ability to evaluate these factors and establish organizational approaches upfront will allow for the more effective adoption of the strategy:
As the speed of business accelerates, due to better connectivity and more compelling/richer collaborative environments, the ability for an organization to evolve their environment with greater speed and efficiency will play a role in their overall competitiveness. By moving your software upgrade strategy to align itself more holistically will enhance your organizations ability to adopt and lead.