The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak of the coronavirus a pandemic. Despite a positive trend in fighting the viral threat in China, it has now spread throughout the whole world. Stock markets and world economies react to infectious cases reported in different countries.
Quarantine or home office?
Today, the virus is spreading all over the world. In mid-March 2020, the number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus reached over 150,000. Numerous economic problems affecting all spheres of business have been revealed amid the global threat. These problems are directly related to the distribution of human resources. An effective way to combat the virus is to minimize the possibility of its extension. This means isolating people, cancelling mass events, closing cinemas and factories, and recommending against public transport and communal office work. Creating conditions for remote work is the only right decision for the commercial sector in this situation to overcome the crisis caused by such pandemic.
“IT companies nearly always use practices of remote software development. Due to high competition in the labor market, it became a difficult struggle for qualified employees in a particular city or country to find work in their area. The industry now, for the most part, employs people remotely, regardless of their location. It erases a competition problem and at the same time speeds up building a team because it is easier to search for specialists in several cities or countries simultaneously, rather than in one place,” says Pavel Adylin.
Anna Znamenskaya, Chief Growth Officer at Rakuten Viber notes that over the years it has been discussed that a lot of companies are gradually refusing traditional office work.
“And it has nothing to do with situational reasons. Remote working has its benefits: employers can save on renting office space, providing employees with lunches, etc. At the same time, employees don’t waste their time on the daily commute or breaks with co-workers. The world IT giants like Apple and Google realized it long ago, and we should note that both these corporations are doing quite well. So why can’t others work in the same way? The most important thing is to identify employees who are able to perform their professional duties away from leadership. This is the task of the HR Department and a question of time – if an employee is able to prove they are an efficient worker regardless of environment. If this is found to be true, there is almost no difference from working in an office,” she says.
Artezio HR Director Iryna Dyachenko believes that IT companies have been implementing remote working practices for quite a long time. The coronavirus has just made the convenience of this method obvious.
“The practice of working from home to some extent exists in companies without the raging virus, which doesn’t stop their operations. Therefore, in a situation when there is a high risk of deterioration of the epidemiological environment, it makes sense to allow the maximum amount of people to work from home. It prevents people from using public transport where the risk to catch the virus is much higher than in the office. In most IT companies, the required infrastructure naturally allows for remote work. The most important thing is that employees should have well-equipped working places that won’t reduce their labor performance. In my opinion, it depends on the person, whether they will be able to self-organize. Some people introduce a kind of home ritual – when you put on green sneakers, then you are at work. After you take them off at 7pm, that means you are at home. In some situations, work may be disturbed by kids or family members, then, of course, the working efficiency will decrease. An ideal situation is when a person can organize a working process in a separate room where no one will distract them from work, but not work in the kitchen having tea with the family,” says Iryna Dyachenko.
IT companies – work with no risk for health
The coronavirus pandemic has shown that IT companies respond faster to situations that threaten employee health. While other companies may find it difficult to allow their employees to work from home, the IT sector has been ready for the quarantine a long time ago. For a significant amount of time, companies have had the implementation of tools for distant access to working resources. Today the demand for cloud solutions and remote work services is predicted to increase.
In the case of a pandemic, an even larger number of people will have to stay at home and work remotely. For this reason, there will most likely be an upsurge in company demand for organizing remote working places for employees.
“For companies that have the infrastructure for remote work, it won’t be difficult to shift at least a part of their employees to work from home. If a company is able to provide remote access to corporate e-mails, shareable resources, document management, such a decision won’t lead to large costs. In tech companies, the trend for remote work has existed for a long time, the mechanisms for effectively providing such work have been developed and successfully applied. The efficiency of the work itself mostly depends on employees, their responsibilities, ability to adjust to working processes at home and avoid distraction,” says Maxim Burtikov, Director at RIPE NCC.
It turns out that IT companies today could contribute to disease prevention, believes Artezio CEO Pavel Adylin.
“Remote software development is at the core of our business. For this reason, we talk about distance work not just in relation to measures for providing the quarantine that in many countries has not been enforced yet. Yes, IT companies are in a favorable position and are able to quickly move working processes beyond local offices. When we decided to allow the majority of our employees to work remotely, we were confident that the work on projects would continue with no loss in quality. We apply a wide range of tools, available to other companies as well, to maintain the working efficiency on the required level. Among them, remote testing equipment, distributed knowledge bases, audio and video communication means, task management and control systems. For us, a possibility for remote work is not a drastic measure during the epidemic, but a tool that is applied daily. Today there are 7 development offices in the company distributed in different cities of Eastern Europe. Project teams can be formed with specialists who are based several thousands of kilometers from each other, and it doesn’t affect working efficiency in any way.”
What to do next?
Experts say that the right decision would not be to react to a situation, but to foresee it and adapt to changing conditions.
“If you want to be ahead of your competitors, then use this advantage – an opportunity to work remotely. Of course, you will have to adjust your business processes, but as a result, everyone will win. There is not a one-size-fits-all solution, you will need to think of what works for you best and make reasonable decisions, not just copy someone else’s experience,” notes RIPE NCC top manager.
Does it make sense today to transfer employees to distance work in advance during the current spread of the coronavirus? Will it help in fighting against the pandemic?
Different countries have their own epidemiological situations, and it is hard to give a universal response to this question. The attention should not be to shifting employees to work from home, but to preventing the spread of the disease. It is possible to introduce a company practice of examining employees to identify people with symptoms of a respiratory infection and let them go home timely, allowing working from home.
However, many business owners have concerns for employee health without such checkups and have moved working processes online instead of requiring in-office work.
Generally speaking, it is not difficult to organize remote work for employees of a small company. With the right IT solutions, this type of work could flourish. The main question is how to maintain work efficiency? It’s necessary to take into account requirements for easy communication, security, availability of collaboration services and system stability tools.
Yulia Medvedeva, Emigrantista Founder, lives in Italy, a country that is no stranger to the devastating effects of the coronavirus. She works remotely for the IT company and sees that distance work is a good thing today, despite its potential scare.
“I live in Italy and work for the company remotely. I think that distance work is our common future that hasn’t come yet just because people can’t work remotely and are afraid of it. We lack skilled managers who would be able to set up a remote team, we don’t know how to build processes and communication. The coronavirus quarantine is a great opportunity to practice.
In Italy, since the beginning of March, many offices have moved their staff to “smart working” mode: they’ve provided them with work computers and are allowing work from home. It was a tough decision for many top managers. Moreover, many of them still have not been able to make this decision, and their employees continue to work in offices. There haven’t been any complaints among those who took this precautionary step—productivity has remained steady. I have strong hopes that after the end of the quarantine in Italy, a new virus will spread – the virus of remote work. After several weeks working in such a way, employees and managers will find it difficult to get back into office mode, and it will be even more difficult to forget the advantages remote work offers,” she adds.
Why use custom web development? Why is it better to use ready-made CMS
Custom web application development is not only good branding. It is also a great tool for communication between company and customer and much more enjoyable for both. Apps extend an expanse to portable and mobile gadgets’ ability to provide seamless expansion of the scope with which companies can serve to consumers online. Interface of the application should be attractive and comfortable in use. Moreover, it should have a unique identity, which reflects the company’s branding message and helps to establish emotional connection with customers. Custom-made design and development increase user engagement and distinguish a company from the competition.
But using off-the-shelf solutions might be the best choice for the companies, which are just starting their web journey due to its cost efficiency. In this article we will define pros and cons of custom web development compared to SaaS products.
Digital innovation is a critical component of modern business development. Business leaders usually face a choice between using off-the-shelf solutions (SaaS) and designing custom ones. The former offer a high degree of reliability at a lower price tag. However, SaaS products may lack critical features that are necessary for meeting the company’s requirements.
Custom web development company services VS SaaS CMS: pros and cons
It is common for small businesses to rely on SaaS as a lower-budget alternative. But as a business grows, so do its demands for software. For example, companies might need to manage more resources, and SaaS is unable to meet the increasing needs.
Custom development allows the implementation of solutions that match the very particular company’s needs. The decision to go with it can stem from the rising number of employees, new locations, or new markets. With SaaS, companies have to deal with the one-size-fits-all approach, facing limitations in different access levels, feature customization, etc.
When choosing custom web development services, it’s important to find the right provider who will understand the company’s structure and goals.
Pros and cons of SaaS products
The nature of SaaS reveals its strengths and weaknesses. A cheaper solution also means weaker control over it. Take a look at the table below to learn about the pros and cons of SaaS products:
- Cost efficiency.
- Reliability and maintenance.
- Automated updates.
- Data protection.
- Limited customization.
- Limited control.
- Limited scalability.
- Security concerns.
Pros and cons of custom web development services
Having a customized app addresses specific company needs. It allows businesses to create unique features based on their requirements and add all the integrations they need. Plus, such solutions can be more secure. For instance, a company may have an offline copy of data, protected from external attacks.
- Customization capabilities.
- High flexibility.
- High security level.
- Unique features as competitive advantages.
- Large investments.
- Not automated.
- Security risks.
Who needs custom development?
When a business has specific needs, it’s best to choose custom software app development. It also makes sense in the following cases:
- A company is planning to use this software for various projects and demands functionality variation from one project to another.
- A business is scaling.
- A company has its own development team with sufficient expertise to implement a required solution.
- A business has already used a SaaS product that doesn’t match the needs.
Being a custom web development firm, TRIARE builds scalable and secure apps for businesses of different industries, be it edtech, healthcare, or ecommerce. Our mobile app development team has created dozens of native and cross-platform solutions used all over the world. In services our company offers we take aim at custom-made approach. It enables a business to build a site focused on delivering real business results via an optimal structure and user experience.
Starting from planning, implementing, monitoring, communicating and finally delivering the completed project before the deadline, we ensure quality at each step. We take care of post-release maintenance and support, so you shouldn’t worry about security risks.
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