The Impact of Failing to Embrace Business Agility

July 8, 2019

Many enterprises fail to realize that they’ve lost their innovative approach — that they’ve become an organization that no longer prioritizes business agility. It doesn’t happen overnight; it creeps in as competitors introduce disruptive technology while you delay it for seemingly good reasons.
Take a look at some of the common symptoms of an enterprise that’s lost its focus on business agility, and see if it describes your workplace:
Swamped in Coding Tasks: Your department can’t keep up with the number of requests that involve altering or completely rewriting code to ensure your legacy system continues to support business processes. Even the chief information officer (CIO) struggles to find time for broader, visionary projects because the coding-load is creeping into everyone’s time.
Loss of Talent: Your best talent is slipping away to other organizations where innovation and business agility objectives allow them to interact with the latest approaches to business. When you interview prospective employees, you’re aware that you may be missing out on some good candidates because you haven’t fully embraced digital transformation or your efforts have stalled.
Compliance Concerns: The awareness of the risk of an audit and the penalties or fees that could come with a failure to comply with regulations related to data protection or other guidelines slow down decision-making. Even when you’re ready to invest in a solution that promotes business agility, the process to fully vet it in terms of compliance is slow and time-consuming.
If any of these conditions sound like they could be describing the current situation in your enterprise, you may require a significant shift in how you approach business agility.
The good news is that if you are in the position of CIO, you are in a position to champion an effort to embrace agility and outpace your competitors in this important focus area. In order to do this, you need to think in terms of flow efficiency versus resource efficiency. This means you are balancing value and convenience to the customer with the time and resources your team is expending to deliver them.
The agile mindset is focused on a plan and the steps to achieve the objectives of that plan, rather than mindlessly following the status quo. The agile approach takes complex processes and breaks them into manageable tasks that can be achieved in a relatively short time period. Another important component of this approach is the inclusion of feedback loops, which allow teams to continue to refine and manage their methods for faster adoption of innovative tools and ideas.
It’s also important to quantify the cost of delay in embracing business agility. If you are still supporting legacy systems and your competitors are moving to agile cloud solutions, your customers may be all too willing to switch to where their needs are met quickly.
Besides that, there’s also the formidable loss of talent, the productivity losses when IT professionals are tied up with coding, and the delays to business objectives.
To leverage cloud solutions that support business agility, contact us at Access Tech. We can not only match the best solutions to your business needs, but we also facilitate a seamless transition for optimal productivity during the implementation process.

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