June 23, 2020
There is hardly a month passing without a spectacular shift in technologies. Flutter, TensorFlow in the Cloud, “NameYourWord.JS”. Pressure from the management board is high – “we need to get on this train”. How do you keep up with this, while preserving the functionality of your existing application stack?
Bringing positive changes and upgrades into an organization’s present technology setup can surely increase their employee’s performance and yield better insights. By making business processes more streamlined and highly integrated, businesses of all kinds can run their routine tasks smoothly. For sure, there is always the risk that existing “run-the-business” applications will be impacted.
Before deciding what technology is best suited for the business, leaders and managers should also consult their employees and identify specific problems. Furthermore, figure out the key problems which must be solved through the new technology and identify the output based on a collaborative effort.
As with everything, any new technology is a tool – you can drive a nail or get a black fingernail by using it.
Is there a need to switch to emerging technologies?
Executives and product managers tend to switch technologies when they are unable to meet their targets effectively – hence they blame it on legacy code and rusty technologies. Easy one.
In the case of service providers, the above-mentioned pressure comes from the said executives (who are their clients), and hence the adoption wave for new technologies gets leverage.
Perhaps a better way to look at the ecosystem is on what it lacks, what it brings through and where we can derive cost savings and efficiencies. We need to adopt new functions, tools, and system applications to modernize the IT system of an organization. Companies should learn how to plan, analyze, design, and invest in technological modernization.
Should we train our staff on the new tech-stack?
Scheduling employee training is the next consideration after finalizing the quest for new technology and tools.
How can you know when to perform training so that routine work is not affected? This process can often become challenging if you are handling multiple employees in your business. Using project and staff management tools such as an agile platform can provide you with the needed flexibility. However, if you need a highly specialized role for a specific position, hiring a new and experienced candidate is a great idea.
There is a specific cost for developers’ training that includes class support materials, loss of billable hours, and payment for outsourced lectures. Overview of the cost and efforts of training an employee is needed, as compared to hiring an experienced resource for the position.
Is talent-hiring a better option?
Hiring an employee who is already experienced is by far considered the fastest and easiest solution to fulfill the desired role. An experienced professional would likely have developed their techniques and methods for resolving problems. On the other hand, experienced new joiners might have their behaviors and habits, that are impossible to be changed by the managers.
Moreover, business leaders and decision-makers must not only rely specifically on skills but also determine whether or not the candidate is the best fit into your company norms and culture. This contrasts with the general lack of resources on the labour market, but could be alleviated by remote, offshore / nearshore developers.
Legacy application modernization vs. complete migration
Technology upgrades and migration are needed to boost business functionality and reengineering of a business function. By keeping up with the existing technology, companies can accomplish routine tasks through migrating/converting legacy applications to new technology. Without the need to introduce new technology into the enterprise, a legacy system can prove to be ideal for critical day-to-day operations within the company.
Factors like maintenance and support, integration and compliance, security, lost business opportunities or organizational agility can be overviewed to determine the actual cost of using a legacy system in the long run. Nowadays, businesses are rapidly migrating existing apps to gain better mobility and accessibility. Most of the legacy applications are device-dependent, and companies need to implement new custom applications such as cloud-based information systems.
Software application upgrades
Companies need to perform a feature analysis if they are completely replacing the legacy system with one based on new technologies. Review your business requirements and decide on your upgrade method. An in-place upgrade is done by integrating a new piece of software without removing the older one first. On the other hand, side-by-side upgrades can also be performed by setting up a new system in parallel to your current one.
Standardization of integration and software code have allowed systems to perform more effectively without any kind of performance issues. With the help of tools like application programming interfaces (APIs), companies can now develop interoperable components that are best suited to run everyday operations. Most of the modern systems are designed with enhanced functionality at the front end and simplicity at the back end. Companies can also take advantage of the software as a service (SaaS) model to increase functionality from their existing software providers. Implementing a simplified IT architecture with best suited strategic functionality can reduce the workload of your employees as well.
Effects of technical transformation in businesses
Business owners and decision-makers must be able to separate fads from trends when upgrading existing apps from the information system of their company. Trying to navigate through legitimate trends can provide a view over the technologies which can bring positive outcomes to your organization. Technology is evolving faster than ever, for which people and businesses need to prepare and chose the best-suited opportunities. Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning tools have proved to be helpful for companies to evaluate future insights and streamlining day to day operations.
The adoption and innovation of new technologies have emerged to cater to consumer needs. In this regard, organizations and businesses need to understand the cycle of technology fads and fears as well. Augmented analytics and edge computing technologies can be used by companies to avail real-time local data analysis. In this way, they will find it easier to upgrade information systems and technologies within the company.
In the process of modernizing your organization’s technology and tools, your goal must be to achieve strategic success combined with better operational efficiency.
Companies and business organizations are now in need of implementing those exact stacks that can provide better services and solutions, along with improved working standards. Remember that whenever a new technology stack seems too new to source local talent, the current work-from-home approach makes a strong case for nearshore or offshore developers (who have probably been beta-testers of the said technologies and quite advanced with it).
While training existing engineers remains a very good path to pursue, hiring a (local or nearshore) developer who has complete grip about the development and concepts of the latest technologies can help companies in upgrading system applications and achieve better outcomes.
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