In a recent piece on how organizations are grappling with the pandemic, CIO’s Clint Boulton wrote, “As the COVID-19 coronavirus rattles industries, it’s more important than ever for IT leaders to ensure employees have the tools they require to work remotely and securely.” This is certainly true, but it’s equally important that business continuity plans include strategies for ensuring that customers and partners are able to receive the digital products and services they rely on throughout the pandemic’s duration.
In the previous post in our series on the business implications of the coronavirus pandemic, we explored the importance of performance and scalability testing. Today, we’re examining a related topic: namely, how automation can enable workforce agility and reliable technology even as global teams are working remotely for an indefinite period of time.
Finding new ways to drive productivity and profitability are common goals shared by all professional services organizations, but identifying and actioning growth strategies is often easier said than done. The challenges can be particularly difficult for law firms. These companies operate in an extremely competitive environment and are tasked with managing risk, mining for operational efficiencies and winning new business, all while exploring new avenues for strengthening and leveraging existing client relationships.
“Succeeding in the age of automation will be all about how we approach the cultural and technological shift required within IT”, according to Forbes.
According to CNET’s Eric Mack, “In some ways, the future that so much science fiction promised us is already here…but the decade beginning in 2020 will take us even further toward a world where far-out ideas…become topics of serious conversation.” In a previous blog post, we touched on a number of these ideas—including a cashless society, virtual vacations and implanted cell phones.
In a recent InformationWeek on the evolution of IT success metrics, Lisa Morgan outlines something Eggplant has long espoused: it’s critical that the IT department’s KPIs align with business goals in order to drive optimal outcomes. She writes, “The right thing to report is IT’s impact on the business. For example, instead of reporting system downtime alone, one automotive manufacturer’s IT department now reports system downtime in terms of inventory that wasn’t produced.”
In July of this year Cruise, General Motor Co’s self-driving unit, delayed the commercial deployment of cars past its target date of 2019 as the vehicles required more testing before they could be safely on the road. In a blog post on the news Dan Ammann, Cruise’s CEO, wrote, “When you’re working on the large scale deployment of mission critical safety systems, the mindset of ‘move fast and break things’ certainly doesn’t cut it.”
In the highly competitive trading environment, instant access to market information is the ultimate end game.
We are in a Digital Testing Epoch. Are you ready?
The Digital Testing Epoch will be one that divides some Testing organizations who rely upon outdated tactics against those that embrace new technology, methodologies, and are very agile.
In the Internet age, making the best use of technology investments, rapidly spotting and addressing any performance issues or other roadblocks and ensuring customers have a high-quality experience that delights are perennial goals. Yet, until very recently, companies have been going about it all wrong.