Team Leads Overview
Let’s talk about team leads and their role in the software development process.
What’s a team lead? There’s no agreed upon answer, so I will have to speak from my own experience.
The team lead’s goal and the reason for their existence is simple: they have to make sure the team is reaching its targets. No more, no less.
Digital transformation, often referred to as DX, is going through a growth spurt thanks to the ever-increasing realization that integrating technology in all aspects of business will reduce operational costs, evolve the user experience, and revamp existing business strategies.
This transformation is here to stay, and some experts believe that businesses who haven’t at least devised a plan to implement DX will fall by the wayside in the coming years. So what exactly is digital transformation, and why is it vital for your organization to consider it?
As the retail industry relies exclusively on e-commerce sales to thrive, the manufacturing industry is sure to follow. The shift to e-commerce in B2B sales is undeniable, as digital platforms are expected to generate just over $1 trillion by 2021, according to Forrester. Comparatively, B2C e-commerce sales will generate only half that figure.
A recent survey by Black Book — a Tampa, Florida technology market research company — found that 80% of healthcare payers were either considering deploying or were in the process of implementing Blockchain solutions. Other findings from the study included:
- 95% of hospital and medical group IT specialists and management agree that Blockchain may resolve and expedite most concerns of interoperability and patient record sharing.
- 93% of managed care organization respondents, 70% of hospital respondents, and 58% of physician practice respondents said that blockchain shows promise for healthcare interoperability.
- All survey-responding payers with plans of 500,000 members are actively considering deploying or are in the process of deploying Blockchain for Q4 2018, and 20% are involved in trial deployments in some form1
One of the most common challenges with organizations embarking on digital transformation journeys doesn’t necessarily stem from a lack of ideas or lack of desire to improve. More often than not, it’s that traditional IT organizations and their CIOs are simply too entrenched in the day-to-day operations to be able to conduct a meaningful and long-lasting transformation.
Consider this scenario from one of our recent clients…
It was around 2003 when I first worked with Amazon Web Services EC2, and to be honest, those days were much simpler. If you needed an instance, you started it from some AMI. If you needed some additional software installed, you did it manually. If you needed this software as a standard part of your instance, you just created a new AMI from the instance you already prepared. If you need a persisted volume, you created and connected it to the appropriate instance manually — even after the instance fully started. To monitor your instances, you would run another instance and install monitoring software of your choice. I personally enjoyed Zabbix.
Even after CIOs realize that the journey towards the digital transformation of the enterprise cannot be further delayed, they are typically faced with two key questions. First, are they “good enough” for the task ahead, and second, how will this transformation happen — especially in the face of time, budget, resources, and other constraints. Let’s examine some possible ways that technology executives can respond to these questions.
Delta Dental is the largest dental insurance company in the country. This organization offers national dental coverage to more than one-third of the estimated 212 million Americans with dental insurance. It’s a not-for-profit organization that includes some for-profit affiliates as member companies. Additionally, it administers program and reporting systems that give both groups and individuals quality dental benefits with outstanding customer service.
Since 2014, Delta Dental has been facing a significant digital transformation. The company’s growth necessitated the expansion of their software development and IT teams. Sphere Software began collaboration with Delta Dental by assisting with the first phase of their digital transformation — migration from a legacy bug tracking system, Rally ( CA Technologies ), to Atlassian’s Jira ( with a customized Confluence solution ). Once the first phase of this project was successfully completed by the Sphere Software team, Delta Dental increased the efficiency with which they managed their software teams and product releases. In phase two, the senior management team asked Sphere for additional consulting and training on Agile Development, in addition to Jira and Confluence configurations and customization.
Designing the next compelling customer experience is perhaps one of the most important goals for many designers today. Great design can make content more enjoyable, it can be one of the best ways to build your brand, and it can be the deciding factor between customers choosing your product or service versus your competitors.
But great design goes beyond optimizing the customer experience. Yes, it’s vital to take a customer-centric approach when factoring in design, but to achieve great design, you must tap all the resources within the organization. This means developers, marketers, sales reps, data analysts, and more.
One key competitive advantage that companies often overlook is their user experience ( UX ), which is defined as the end-user’s emotions and attitudes when interacting with a company’s product, systems, or services. Though this may seem difficult to measure and ultimately subjective, any company can create a great user experience if they follow a clear framework of vision, goals, and strategy. The following tips are designed to help you build the foundation for a stronger UX for your website or SaaS products.