Cloud Solutions: The Foundation of the Agile and Lean Enterprise

Today’s leaders embrace the need to rapidly adapt to market and competitive changes in productive and cost-effective ways – the definition of a business agility. And, likewise, most business executives are continually striving to find ways to minimize waste and maximize resources while still offering customer value – the concepts behind the “lean enterprise.”

These widely accepted approaches to modern business impact virtually all areas of an organization – from its management and organizational structure to its workforce culture to its operational processes.

However, many leaders overlook the role of IT in facilitating – or thwarting – business agility and leanness. This is especially true today in the era of digital transformation, when companies across all industries are actively looking for innovative, creative, and profitable ways to leverage digital technology.

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Soon every business will be impacted in some way by artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, and Internet of Things. Consumers and business users alike increasingly demand real-time, secure, intuitive, and mobile-based digital services. Business outcomes are often inextricably linked to the ability of critical enterprise systems to scale and quickly adapt to new, often unanticipated needs. The ability to mine big data for new business insights and hidden competitive advantage is now a requirement, not a business option.

Cloud-based computing is the foundation of the digital transformation – and therefore, the key to business agility and success in coming years. Once for early adopters, cloud solutions are now mainstream – or, to reference Geoffrey Moore’s popular book, the chasm has been crossed. A company looking for a new solution should be looking to the cloud first – not just for the best product, but also for a solid foundation for its future.

Yet, some organizations are still wary to take the plunge, even when the solution is clearly superior in terms of functionality. When talking with prospects, we find that emphasizing how our development practices correspond to the three pillars of agile process control – transparency, inspection, and adaptation – guarantee the solution’s quality and dependability. Following are key points that help diminish customer doubts and reinforce how our cloud-based solutions make more efficient use of internal IT resources:

  • Transparency on how the service is supplied. We build our cloud-based solutions on two important standards: ISO/IEC 27001:2013, which ensures that our solutions maintain the security of our customers’ financial data, and ISO 22301:2012, which establishes standards to ensure business continuity. Compliance with these standards gives customers confidence in our ability to manage and secure their data and demonstrates our commitment to keeping systems operating at maximum efficiencies. 
  • Third-party inspection. Our cloud services are continually audited by a third party. Customers have access to the resulting reports (SOC18) at any time for their own audits or background information. 
  • Continually adapting software. To demonstrate our commitment to continually evolving our software to meet evolving legal requirements, we point to our compliance with GDPR requirements in advance of the May 25 deadline.

Lean enterprise success is all about promoting an entrepreneurial culture, no matter the size of your organization, in order to maintain competitive advantage. Otherwise, you’ll be beaten at your own game by startups. If your organization is committed to increasing its business agility, to making most efficient and productive use of your internal resources, to minimizing waste in time and dollars, and to maintaining competitive advantage, the cloud is your foundation for the future.

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