When IT slows you down
Most of our customers, both in business and the government sector, come to us with clear enough requests. They wish to move to the Cloud, implement DevOps, or develop a new cloud-based application. Solutions that are often much-needed and valuable in themselves.
However, often, there is also an underlying issue. One that will not be fixed by implementing one specific technical solution.
You work hard, but progress is slow. Too slow. It may take endless to implement changes, resulting in missed business opportunities, overpriced products, and customer experience that is lacking. Or your application load times may be way too long. And then there’s the dread for the periodic audit, and the constant distractions in the form of unexpected bugs and other issues that keep popping up unexpectedly.
This isn’t how it has to be
We know because we have helped numerous organizations implement lasting change. However, we also know that it can be difficult to know where to start.
This is why, based on our experience in both the business and government sector and in various countries, we distilled eight very common challenges to fast, flexible and cost-effective IT. Challenges that any organization can tackle. If you know how you can turn the tables.
With this model, we want to empower organizations to solve any urgent issues, while at the same time starting to build a more sustainable, flexible and successful IT organization.
Transforming challenges, one by one
Don’t know where to start? Try to find out which are your biggest challenges. And start tackling them, one by one. Step by step, you will transform each of these challenges into pillars of your engineering culture.
This is why we tell our customers that we help them build engineering cultures that move the business needle. We do this in an open and honest way with people that are passionate and talented and look out for themselves, each other, customers, and the environment. For this, we draw on our experience with Devops, working with Microsoft Solutions like Azure Cloud.
These are our eight pillars of engineering culture
Clear Digital Vision
In our view, the only good investment is an investment that helps you deliver more value to your customers. This is why formulating a clear digital vision often has such a large effect on the success of an organization. With a clear digital vision, your organization is always ready to seize business opportunities.
Empowering Operating Model
Finding the best solution to business challenges requires team effort. Not just of your engineers, but of all domain experts together. This is why we advocate with organizations for developing an empowering operating model.
State-of-the-art Software engineering
Does it take a lot of time to develop new features or fixing bugs? Do users complain of slow software? Or are you struggling with security and compliance issues? Outdated software is not always the cause. But it very well may be.
Is your software delivery process still organized around large periodic manual releases? The only good advice we can give you is: stop it. Cutting down release batch sizes will vastly reduce your time to market. You can grasp opportunities as they come along, all the while providing the best possible value to your customers you can currently deliver.
Many organizations view anything less than 99,99% availability as a bad thing. Applications should always be up and running. In our view, your application only has an availability problem when management decides that it hurts your business.
Power through Platforms
Platforms are probably some of the most powerful tools when it comes to increasing the speed, scalability and reliance of all your IT efforts. But only when used properly. There are some common pitfalls.
The current pace of technological innovation makes it of vital importance for engineers to stay on top of new insights. But as anyone with a demanding job knows, this requires some conscious effort. Also on the level of your team and your organization as a whole.
You may have all the right processes and systems in place. But you’re still nowhere when you can’t find and keep the right people, that actually know how to use these systems and processes to create value for your customers.
Build your unique engineering culture
A thriving engineering culture is vital for any company that wants to be a digital leader. However, it is not an off-the-shelf product you can buy. Building an engineering culture requires sustained effort, a willingness to learn, and a commitment to continuous improvement. And that’s where our eight pillars come in. Instead of rushing through them, use them to address (and resolve) the key challenges in your organization one pillar at a time and create the foundation for long-term success.
Are you ready to turn your company’s unlimited curiosity and ambition into unlimited potential? Start building your unique engineering culture now!