August 29, 2013, 9:28 AM — 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.