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Just as some sharks must keep moving to stay alive, the User Experience (UX) design must constantly move forward if software companies want to thrive in a competitive environment while adding value to their customers’ business.
For UX design to move forward, we need to give proper focus to both parts of the equation: the user and the experience. Not only that, users aren’t a monolith – they encompass a vast variety of roles and goals, across a multitude of industries. The biggest challenge – and opportunity – for a software company is to make its product a truly valuable, mission-critical tool. For that to happen, each user needs to experience the software as if it was built exclusively for them.
Organisations are finally recognising that their employees – the end users of software and many of whom are millennials or Gen Z – are essential to organisational success. As a result, organisations are becoming more and more democratic, giving end users a louder voice and vote in software and solution purchases. Software that works more like its users actually work, rather than forcing them to conform to the product’s logic, will be the software that becomes an indispensable element of organisational success. To do that, solutions need to improve user productivity at lower cost and automate the project lifecycle.
Read more about industry best practices in design thinking and how Deltek approaches User Experience.
Technology has advanced so quickly in the past decade that even the software industry had a hard time keeping up! Toddlers are using iPads and talking to their smart home virtual assistants to turn on the lights, play music, and help with school work. THIS is digital transformation in action, at least for now. And while we can’t predict the future, odds are pretty good that the pace will get faster, exponentially.
As a software company, and a technology company, we cannot fall into a trap of innovating just for the sake of innovating. The innovation we build to make use of these technologies absolutely needs to be more than just “flash” and “fluff”. It needs to deliver value, take advantage of technologies that are part of our everyday lives – and be something our customers will actually use, save them time, and help make their business successful. The pace of digital transformation is just getting faster every day, week, month, year and decade. Companies need to keep on innovating, have a focused digital strategy and not miss the wild ride!
Read more about keeping up with the fast pace of the digital transformation.
Big Data and Data Science are taking the bias out of answering questions that are critical to your firm’s growth and service delivery. They have become mainstream fields with a robust set of tools and approaches that can be leveraged to unlock the potential in the data gathered from every corner of the business.
If you haven’t made an investment in Big Data and Data Science then you are missing out on valuable insight that will reshape how you think about your firm.
Learn why CFOs are Going Big on the Cloud, Big Data, & Analytics!
It’s no secret that data security is top of mind for organisations across the globe. According to our most recent Clarity Industry Study, data security took the top spot as the biggest challenge facing business leaders today. Security has not grown just in importance but also in complexity – what worked in the past to mitigate risk is not enough any longer. In order to adequately address this challenge, security can no longer be just a technology risk managed by IT, it must be a business risk managed by leadership across the organisation. And as with any strong enterprise risk management process, security should be a continuous risk-driven process, not just following a static compliance checklist – this is even more critical as cyber security threats are evolving more quickly than ever before.
In today’s connected-world, security goes beyond what you can control, requiring you to have trusted partners and vendors. As a business, we have prioritised managing security risk as one of our top priorities and are focused on it across our functions, not just within IT. From how we create our products and support our customers to back-office operations, data security and privacy is a critical part of how we do business.
Is security a top priority across your business? Read more about how trust plays an important role in your technology partner and vendor relationships.
While technology and development have enabled global distribution teams around the world, we are still hindered by numerous business hurdles regarding true globalisation. This is seen across all areas of business – hiring, time zones and work schedules, business practices, security, currency and politics. These complex issues can be resolved, but it’s difficult to combat all these issues internally. Luckily, partner and industry ecosystems can help businesses gain ground when it comes to globalisation, from enhancing HR business processes, expanding into new markets, and keeping up with ever changing statutory changes.
Read more about going global and expanding your business internationally.
By 2025, the majority of the workforce will be made up millennials - that is, individuals born between 1982 and 2004. And while the battle of the generations is not a new phenomenon, the millennial generation, and those that have followed it, have had a unique and profound effect on the tools of the workplace, how work gets done and the work environment itself.
New efficiencies, new ways of getting things done, increased productivity and evolved business insight has resulted from an evolution of the tools used by today’s modern workforce. Companies that recognise this and develop their products with this in mind, will thrive and pull ahead of competitors that ignore this new reality. In addition, businesses that invest in technology that aligns with the expectations of this new modern workforce will also benefit by having more engaged employees and being better able to attract and retain talent.
See how changes in the workforce can affect succession planning in your business.