It takes only four letters to describe the sting that line of business users feel about the rate at which their IT departments bring new applications to market. According to a September study by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, companies need to dramatically change the way in which IT and business users work together to build applications as well as the IT infrastructure on which they’re deployed.

And this isn’t just supposition.

“Success in the digital economy is increasingly driven by a company’s ability to leverage information for real-time decision making, or to improve customer experience via customer-facing products and services,” the study noted.

Enterprises that are “digital masters” are 26 percent more profitable than peers in their industries, according to cross-industry research conducted by Didier Bonnet of Capgemini Consulting together with George Westerman and Andrew McAfee of MIT.

These companies are leveraging information from social, mobile, cloud, analytics and big data. In addition, IT and the business are working together to build applications collaboratively and in short order. And when it comes to deployment, there’s a fraction of the lag time.

This means that yesterday’s systems development life cycles, reliance on coding, and old IT infrastructures may actually prove to be a disadvantage.

Cloud, mobile, social, big data, the Internet of Things and digital have disrupted the status quo and changed the game.

For quick-thinking business leaders and technology providers this spells opportunity.

Today, Mendix and Pivotal Cloud Foundry announced a new partnership to speed Enterprise IT’s journey to the digital era.

What This Means

Mendix is a Gartner visionary and Application Platform-as-a-Service (aPaaS) provider. It empowers IT to design and build multi-device, multi-channel enterprise applications with their own data model, complex business logic, process flows and integrations using visual models.

The applications can then be deployed to the Cloud via Pivotal Cloud Foundary, a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) provider, with a single click.

The outcome? Line of Business managers can get busy with the solutions six to 10 times faster.

But the wins for the business aren’t limited to speed.

With Mendix developers can show end users what an application will look like and how it will work as it’s being constructed. As a result, the enterprise will get something that’s custom built and immediately useful.

That’s a big win, especially if you compare it to how applications used to (and often still are) be built in enterprises where the end user only sees the solution in- progress every few months during status meetings. By then course correction is expensive and deadlines tend to be missed.

The Mendix and Pivotal Cloud Foundry solution allows for rapid, agile application development and together with secure, highly available and scalable operations.

This means lines of business and IT teams can collaborate to ensure fast time to market and continuous innovation as required by today’s most demanding digital enterprises.

(Almost) Any Cloud, (Almost) Every Endpoint

It’s the first, rapid development aPaaS solution that works with not only Pivotal Cloud Foundry, but also with open source Cloud Foundry based clouds, which have been embraced by more than 50 organizations.

“Fueled by the growing momentum of the open-source Cloud Foundry movement, Mendix and Pivotal have delivered a powerful weapon for businesses looking to accelerate innovation and disrupt their markets,” said Derek Roos, CEO and co-founder of Mendix. “Together, we’re enabling high-velocity delivery of enterprise applications that automatically scale to the peak demands of the digital economy.”

It’s worth noting too that Mendix builds for almost every endpoint, too: browser, mobile tablet and more.