Being Agile and Cloud-Based in 2021: What Has Changed?
This article takes a deeper look into why Agile and cloud-based methodologies in 2021 differ greatly from what has been seen before.
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The dramatic changes caused due to the pandemic reverberated across all parts of our lives, including work. Millions of office employees were turned into remote employees overnight, creating a more mobile and more digital workforce than we have ever seen before. The pandemic has also changed the way almost every department functioned in the past, and many organizations have now fully embraced Agile methodology in order to support the growing remote workforce.
But as most of the employees were forced to go remote and organizations had to find a way to maintain business continuity despite the pandemic, being Agile and cloud-based this year is a lot different than we have ever seen before. Let’s take a look at why:
How Organizations Managed to Stay Agile During 2020-2021
Even the most Agile organizations have faced big challenges when it came to following Agile principles. But ramping up the use of the cloud has helped overcome those challenges immensely.
As companies revisit their business strategy to come out stronger in the post-COVID world, it has become crucial to find the right places where cloud can help increase agility and resilience. Of course, one of the biggest benefits that cloud offers is its incredible flexibility. It helps reduce costs by decreasing or completely eliminating the need for on-premise servers and lets you scale your business on-demand, without any excessive upfront costs.
Here are some of the solutions that have been adopted by most Agile organizations to migrate to the cloud:
Creating a Cloud Strategy That Is Separate From the WFH Strategy
While organizations around the world adjusted rapidly to the sudden remote work environment, they all did it with different degrees of success. Those organizations that considered the changes catapulted by the pandemic have permanently emerged out as more resilient.
Forward-thinking companies that want to stay relevant in the future need a cloud strategy that is separate from their WFH strategy.
Organizations should move to the cloud to become more agile and flexible, and not just to support a remote workforce. The idea is to create a company-wide cloud strategy that can support in-office teams, remote teams, and hybrid teams in the same way.
Incorporating Business Continuity With the Cloud Strategy
One of the biggest benefits of the cloud is that it ensures business continuity even when your company has to deal with unforeseen circumstances. As we move past the pandemic, business leaders need to change their mindset about business continuity and move it back from the sidelines to the center stage: permanently this time.
Whether the servers suddenly go down or your entire workforce has to start working from home without so much of a notice, a cloud strategy with business continuity as the main focus can help ensure that your business goes on as smoothly as possible no matter what.
Prepare for the Next Big Disaster
When you know your business is always prepared to handle the worst, it can be quite liberating and peaceful. The pandemic persisted longer and caused more economic and physical damage than most businesses had anticipated. While the pandemic will eventually go away, what won’t go away is the looming threat of a pandemic level disruption to your business. As a result, organizations need to prepare themselves thoroughly for the next big disaster to ensure they are able to minimize all the damage and disruption to the business.
How Low-Code and No-Code Platforms Help Organizations Achieve Agility With Custom Digital Workplaces
Many of the organizations that have been planning for digital transformation and improving agility in their business processes do not have the technological assets, expertise, or capabilities that are required to build and host a digital workplace all by themselves. At some point or the other, the decision of the organizations to introduce a digital workplace gets constricted by costs or limited expertise in the company.
Since the technical team would have to constantly get opinions and feedback from other departments in order to build a digital workplace that is useful for all the employees of the company across the different verticals, it can further complicate the entire process and increase the development time.
But this is no longer the case with the numerous low-code and no-code tools that can help build a fully functional digital workplace with little to no coding. These platforms allow you to operate, manage, and customize tools in the digital workplace according to your own preference, and most importantly, they require zero technical expertise.
For organizations, this means that they don’t need to set up a special technical team just to build, manage, and support a digital workplace. Even the business users in the company can easily build a digital workplace that aligns with their team requirements and in turn improve overall agility.
How Is Being Agile in 2020 Different From Being Agile in 2021?
The pandemic raised a lot of awareness about the low adaptability of organizations around the world. While some organizations that were already following the Agile methodology were able to easily adapt to the new changes, for others this pandemic has been an ongoing affirmation to rely on the Agile methodology in order to further improve agility and adaptability.
The biggest change between being agile in 2020 and being agile in 2021 is that in 2020 organizations adopted the Agile approach to support the sudden remote workforce. It was considered a temporary shift as organizations expected all of their employees to come back to the office soon.
But now that we move into the post-pandemic world one year later, Agile is no longer just a nice-to-have principle to follow, it has now become a strategic necessity. Organizations now have a hybrid workforce where part of the employees are still working remotely while the remaining are coming back to the office. Embracing Agile means faster decision-making, better collaboration opportunities, more trust among employees, and a streamlined approach to problem-solving.
Also, the reason behind organizations adopting Agile isn’t because their competitors are also adopting Agile. It is because the Agile approach has proven time and again to deliver great results for companies. According to a report, over 50 percent of organizations have reported an increase in flexibility and 40 percent believe that Agile has led to better transparency and speed.
How Does a Digital Workplace Augment the Whole Agile Development Process?
The Agile development principles closely align with all the main principles of a digital workplace.
A digital workplace helps achieve agility in organizations by introducing digital tools that can improve collaboration, enhance communication, and streamline business processes. Therefore, the success of Agile development hinges on a successful digital workplace, especially for teams that have members working from different locations around the world.
A digital workplace combined with an Agile approach helps create an environment that makes it all the easier for employees to manage their job responsibilities. Agile provides employees the opportunity for empowerment and autonomy, and the digital workplace offers the perfect foundation for achieving all of them.
The Future of the Workplace Is More Agile Than Ever
We are clearly now in an era where only efficient, scalable, and adaptable businesses can thrive successfully. The future of the workplace is more agile and more responsive than ever, and as a direct result, the Agile methodology will become a core component for organizations to function smoothly. A digital workplace can help in scaling Agile processes across the organization and adapt to new changes.
It's imperative to remember that there are going to be continuous changes in the workplace in the coming years. What matters is how well your organization can adapt to those changes.
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