Technology adoption and people

Technology adoption

Technology adoption is getting faster but how about the people?

Technology adoption is the bridge between the past and the digitalization of a company. Technological transformation cannot happen without people.

If the current pandemic has done anything arguably positive for the world is the acceleration of technology and implicitly, software development. Japan is struggling to find enough unique credit card numbers amid the risen demand. Lap-top demand is as well on the rise as a direct consequence of the sudden shift of work from home. The number of companies going online has rapidly risen. All indicators point to a deeper digitalization of our society.

Companies are using digitalization as a competitive advantage. However, this is a hard task. In the current business climate where everybody is increasing its technological game, it is getting harder to find the technology that will differentiate a company. Furthermore, even when companies decide on the adoption of new technology, there are still important barriers.

Technological adoption of the popular new technologies

Let us examine which are the new technologies that companies are prone to invest in. A 2019 survey made by the Economist Intelligence Unit and applied on 750 executives across countries like Australia, China, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, the US, and India gives us the following insight.

The decision-makers in leading countries consider Big data and analytics the most important trend for their businesses. At the same time, their second concern is Cybersecurity. AI and Cloud computing are the third most important technological trend for their company. The technological adoption of these is meant to improve efficiency, the expansion of the business, and the increase of customer experience.

What is slowing down the technological transformation?

Most of the research agrees that the main barriers of adoption of new technology are a mix of cost + the level of complexity + skillset and organizational culture.

According to the above-mentioned survey the top deterrence for faster technology adoption are, in order of priority:

  •  Security & privacy concerns – 51.4%
  • Inadequate technological skills when it comes to employees – 42.6%
  • Standards & regulations – 39.4%
  •  Replacing the “old way” – 31.4%
  •  Cost – 30.2%

Data by The Economist Intelligence Unit Limited, based on executives being asked to nominate the top three obstacles.

The people’s place in a technological world

Even if the technology is being praised for transforming businesses, the main catalyst of change are still people. They are the ones that transform data into information, that make the decision and ultimately implement them or not. Therefore, people’s perceptions can lead to transformation. This is what in the modern business vocabulary we call organizational culture. And that’s why leading companies invest in this culture.

Hence, making sure the team is on board whenever faced with technological change is vital for the transformation.

Two elements when it comes to the people

And there are two important elements to this process.

First, top management needs to make sure that the vision and the reasons behind it are easily understandable to everyone in the company.

Then, change needs to be led rather than managed, because leaving old habits behind is the most difficult of tasks on any level. And the road towards technology adoption of a company leads through the people.

AROBS

When it comes to AROBS, success was brought about by the almost 1000 professionals that make up the company. Their professionalism mixed with the company’s know-how brought AROBS to be a leading company in Romania.

The culture of involvement created here is just as viable in times of a pandemic, as it was before.

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How has teleworking evolved?

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How has teleworking evolved? History and context

Teleworking or telework has a surprising evolution that dates long back. But is this pandemic transforming it to the new normality?

The huge expansion of the IT industry is possible due to the collective efforts made in software development. State-of-the-art technology and software are essential pieces for most businesses today. However, there is a growing need for employees both for in-house operations and IT companies. But managing this growing number of employees is not an easy task. Therefore, various HR software solutions such as TrueHR have arisen on the market.

As the classical way of doing business drastically changes, is teleworking the first step towards an improved society?

Work from home, also called teleworking, is more and more common nowadays. Some companies have already decided that employees will not return to offices until the end of the year. Being such a popular term nowadays, it makes us curious: “Is teleworking a form of adaptation to the current context, or just normal evolution?”

That’s why we decided to look back. History tells us many facts. It is true that this process has been amplified with the spread of the pandemic, but, if we look evolutionarily, teleworking has always existed and is the very basis for the development of many professions.

Teleworking in the bygone times

We tend to refer to work from home as a current trend. But history has a different opinion. If we look at people’s occupations and crafts since ancient times, we notice that working from home was, in some cases, the only source of income.

The beginning of modern offices, a forerunner of contemporary teleworking

The development of electricity, the invention of the telephone, the telegraph, and the typewriter, followed by the invention of the first digital computer (1942) completely changed the way we relate to work from home. Thus, the end of the 19th century – the beginning of the 20th century comes with a considerable revolution.

Most jobs involve moving to the company’s headquarters. Office spaces are becoming more numerous, and industries are developing new branches and segments. This is how, with the extension of office work, even teleworking takes on different proportions.

It is worth mentioning that, during World War II, teleworking became practiced by women. Once ended, the experience gained determined the female population to continue working. Obviously, from home. This is how MLM (multi-level marketing) chains are born.

As teleworking becomes more and more popular, a series of disputes succeed. Even some publications of those times debate the issue. An article published by the Washington Post, “Working at Home Can Save Gasoline” supports the idea that teleworking is favorable for saving the oil used by transportation.

Employers, on the other hand, are skeptical. They considered that they could not monitor the employee’s activity. They also considered limited interaction with co-workers to be harmful, and the home an unproductive work environment.

However, teleworking is on the rise.

The results of the 1990 study conducted by the US Office of Personnel Management show that working from home has the following benefits:

  • Increases productivity
  • Reduces the need for office space
  • Lower costs

A new decade, a new era for teleworking

Teleworking is already seen as a new form of business. Therefore, many companies focus on finding solutions that ensure employee comfort to maintain productivity. More and more companies are offering remote jobs. even in the start-up industry.

In 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Telework Enhancement Act, which required all companies to establish teleworking policies. Thus, work from home is officially recognized in the US.

Moreover, a study conducted by FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics in 2017, reports that between 2005 and 2015, in the US, the number of people working from home increased by 115%. The study also shows that 56% of existing jobs in the US may be compatible with teleworking.

 

Teleworking – a future come true?

Following the evolutionary course of this phenomenon, we see that in each context work has been adapted accurately to society’s standards. Thus, technology development not only brings the possibility of maintaining a flourishing business remotely but also creates new jobs. Therefore, there are real chances of teleworking becoming normality.

AROBS supports teleworking to assure the health and wellness of its employees. Moreover, it confers satisfactory work conditions and suitable collaboration for teamwork!

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CTO, are you aware of these preventable mistakes?​

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CTO, are you aware of these preventable mistakes?

 

A CTO, or chief technology officer is a necessity. And not only for software development companies. However, he/she can’t solve problems alone.

Technology is the new divinity. Often is looked upon as the modern century’s pragmatic messiah. It is polarising and impactful. And clearly, it has already deeply changed humanity’s course. While many articles focus on innovation and new technology, or the impact of it, there are very few that focus on the context of adopting it. As often with the divine, there are few that can rationally treat new technology, assessing it correctly.

CTOs know that real transformation is systemic

And just as often, technology per se, or a designated CTO, won’t save a business, organization, or community. The key is in systemic change and thorough analysis of data before having any expectations from the new technology. As the main pioneer of software engineering was a woman, Margaret Hamilton, our software would possibly look differently without the emancipation of women. Similarly, if your business is not ready for change, the new technology that is about to revolutionize the company will fail to bring the expected results.

This is how many companies fail at very basic steps, while it would’ve been preventable.

Therefore, Sven Blumberg, Thomas Delaet, and Kartikeya Swami of McKinsey have distilled ten technology antipatterns. By antipattern, they mean ineffective solutions for problems. These are aimed to help companies, that mostly rely on a CTO, to prevent possible catastrophes, through practical advice.

Here are some of the anti-patterns they have recognized:

  • decision-makers not fully understanding the implications of their technological decision out of fear of looking bad if they ask the simple questions
  • adopting a certain technology because of trends and not based on the assessed needs
  • when adopting new technology, not taking progress gradually
  • the implementation of new tools without adapting the delivery process
  • when the tech goal does not meet the business goal
  • managing IT based only on cost can turn out to be a very expensive mistake
  • outsourcing core business can lead to high vulnerabilities
  • talented tech people, when put in a management position, can lose touch with the technological part of their leadership

Since technological progress happens so fast, there is an overwhelming effect to it. This leads to certain psychological effects that ultimately affect the decision-making process. A chief technology officer can’t be the answer to all technological change. Very often, the problem lies in blindly following or over-calculating the value of new technology, creating unmeetable expectations.

While there are certain key factors that drive transformation, every real and sustainable change is a systemic transformation.

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AROBS declared as a Top Web Development Company of June 2020

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AROBS declared as a Top Web Development Company of June 2020

We are proud to announce that our name has been featured in a  press release listing the Top Web Development companies of June 2020.

AROBS established itself in the last 20 years, as one of the prominent software development companies. Ever since we started our journey in 1998, we are a significant driving force in the Romanian software industry. By combining experienced software development specialists with flexible and well-tuned processes, we are able to deliver software products of high-end quality to our clientele.

Keeping up with changing times, our experts know that AROBS must mark its position in the website development arena. We invest countless hours and resources into becoming one of the most respected website development companies in the industry.

Our client-friendly approach is bringing us strong partnerships and an expanded client-base across the continent.

One of our valuable clients, GIATA, a pioneer in the travel and hospitality sectors, approached us with some complex requirements. The web development project came with its own set of challenges. Our team had to work on various layers and components and perfect new technologies like ReactJS, Kafka, and Typescript. We have the privilege of having a team that loves challenges and hence, we could overcome these challenges to build a great product.

Once the platform was built completely, it could now support larger amounts of data with a dynamic UI which is much easier to use. This acquired our client’s trust and they appreciated us for the productive solution we built for them.

“We chose to work with the AROBS team because you proved to be the qualified developers that we were looking for. We highly appreciated the ‘hands-on’ and always looking forward approach.”
Andreas Posmeck
Managing Director – GIATA Gmbh, Berlin, Germany

Our software services have always been developed around our clients’ needs.

You can find more client success stories regarding our web development projects on our case studies section.

This is the second time that TopDevelopers.co has recognized our excellence. Earlier the analysts at TopDevelopers.co listed us amongst the Top .NET development companies in the world.

We have a more than a quarter of our focus on web and software development services, which is one of the primary reasons for our success in this field. This information along with our corporate video is available on our AROBS’s profile found on Topdevelopers.co. The platform offers a good place to exhibit our specialties to our prospective clients worldwide and hence, you can always find our services, focus areas, and new services updated.

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