As VP of Operations at BairesDev, Damián is responsible for the entire customer relations life-cycle, safeguarding the company’s operations.
The concept of digital acceleration (clearly a child of digital transformation) has grown exponentially in the past couple of weeks. Nothing unexpected, considering the huge demand for technology solutions that the novel coronavirus pandemic generated on a worldwide scale. Nonetheless, as most businesses moved digital transformation to the top of their to-do list, many have stumbled upon the harsh reality of technology adoption: It takes crucial know-how to do it right.
Working with software development companies has become one clear long-term solution for this dilemma. The industry knowledge, expertise and technology capabilities they bring to the table often just can’t be matched by in-house operations. And, what’s more, outsourcing IT services has proven to be a faster and more cost-effective way of developing high-quality products, even in industries as complex as healthcare.
So, can software development companies be the answer to your digital acceleration process? Let’s answer that question by taking a look at three roles they play in this framework.
1. Technology Discovery And Adoption
Digital transformation is a lot more than moving legacy processes into the digital realm. It requires a detailed analysis of the needs, context and opportunities of an organization and its people. Only then can you hope for some form of digital transformation. With acceleration in the mix, things are a little different.
When time is of the essence, software development companies play a crucial role in technology discovery and adoption. Simply put, they show up knowing what’s working in the market right now and, based on your information, are able to determine whether that would work for you, too.
In my experience, this happens a lot with artificial intelligence, cloud computing and data analytics. Most businesses aren’t even aware of how big of an impact these three technologies can have on their everyday operations or just don’t know how to grasp their full potential. I actually wrote an article about these three a while ago, so if you want to learn more about them, go check it out here.
2. Cybersecurity Management
One of the biggest problems with digital acceleration today is cybersecurity. And this is no joke. Even the World Health Organization had to warn the world about a fivefold increase in cyberattacks last April. The way I see it, this growth is due to one simple reason: Everyone wants the benefits of digital transformation, but not everyone is prepared to comply with the best cybersecurity practices. And the price to pay for that is extremely high.
The fact is that cybersecurity is such a complex and constantly evolving field that going about it without an expert to back you up is simply not a wise move. The consequences range from simple speed bumps in product development to companywide security leaks that leave all sorts of sensitive data in the hands of malicious attackers.
Working with top software development companies takes this weight off your back. Not only are they experts on how to manage technology solutions and how they apply to you, which we discussed before, but they also give you immediate access to the best cybersecurity professionals in the market. Let’s talk more about that.
3. Top IT Talent
If there’s one central truth in the IT industry, it’s that all high-quality software is driven by talent. However, not all talented developers live in the same place. If you’ve ever tried to hire one, you are probably already aware of this. Local talent pools are just not big and diverse enough to satisfy the super-specialized demand for talented IT professionals.
Some software development companies tackle this problem by working with remote methodologies. For example, at my company, we’ve put together multiple dev centers in Latin America to bring together the top 1% of IT talent in the region. This allows our clients access to benefits like technical knowledge, lower costs, cultural fit and quicker staffing.
That said, it should be noted that working with top IT talent is an immediate boost to your digital acceleration process. It’s not hard to see how. The best developers have the experience and required skills to tackle even the most complex and ambitious projects. And, because they work on an on-demand basis, scalability won’t be a problem as the project progresses.
Treat Digital Acceleration Like A Marathon
I want to end this by reminding everyone to treat digital acceleration like a marathon. Everyone will go through a different journey, at their own pace, and face their own challenges. Even though speed is a factor, consistency and proper form will win over everything else. Whether or not you did some previous preparation, the decision to work with software development companies will always depend on your context, your specific goals and how you want to achieve them.
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