The development organization is often hampered in their efforts when they have to rely on an aging and inflexible middleware infrastructure that makes change difficult. In fixing the problems associated with the need for rapid change, many organizations assume that if they adopt agile development processes or advanced software development frameworks and tools, productivity challenges can be solved. However, this is not true. While these techniques can help the team be more effective, they cannot solve the underlying problem caused by middleware that lacks modularity and flexibility. This paper describes the characteristics of a modern middleware platform and how companies benefit by migrating from older inflexible monolithic infrastructures to a modular and flexible environment. It includes real world case studies of organizations that migrated to Red Hat’s JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP) 6 as a way to cope with and accelerate business change.